GetEqual Grilled! Good for the gays?
|Everyone loves the shish|
For those of you not keeping up, the hot gay dish this Pride season is the GetEqual shish kebab. The group responsible for the attention grabbing stunts at the White House and at Barbara Boxer fundraisers in California has already been skewered and they've only been around for three months.
Since the discovery was made that GetEqual has *MONEY* the group has been under intense scrutiny.
Michael Petrelis caught Kip Williams red handed depositing $250,000 in the bank. One week later The Advocate wrote a lengthy (and glowing) article explaining the well-heeled origins of the group. Then the claws came out.
The Bilerico Project devoted a 3 part series to the story that got everybody talking. Now others are joining in: Joe Jervis, Karen Ocamb, and Michelangelo Signorile have devoted space to controversy.
Much of the commenting on the story amounts to bickering and bloviating, but that doesn't mean there isn't some merit to the critiques that have been offered.
As the Advocate explains, two key players provided support to GetEqual: Paul Yandura (a guy that is mad at the Democrats) and Jonathan Lewis (a ridiculously rich heiress). The support includes salaries for the principles of GetEqual - Kip Williams, Robin MacGeehee and Heather Cronk. There is little structure to GetEqual now, although plans are in place to formalize everything. Haven't we gone down this path already?
Without the details it's hard to know what exactly there is to gripe about but let's face it: the gays are jaded. How many organizations should it take to screw in the damn light bulb of LGBT equality? There are MANY organizations run by people that make big, fat, juicy salaries and frankly not a whole hell of a lot has been achieved...unless you consider more rich fags an achievement. Maybe GetEqual will be different. Who the fuck knows?
The only thing worse than the birth of yet one more gay pyramid scheme is the re-emergence of the gassy gay griper. In the blog entries linked above there are scads of comments filled with hand wringing and grandiosity.
The bottom line is that there are LGBTs that want to participate in something and we don't all have money and aren't interested in giving money to some already well dressed and good looking fag thinking they will attract more respect than we could when really our money will just make them smell better.
Even worse, the new CEO fag will build a personal "invitation only" clubhouse - if you can bring $$ you are invited, otherwise they don't really want to mingle with you. And then they make all the decisions and will run a shitty campaign (No on 8) that fails and then they will position themselves to be the pseudo savior all over again (are you listening EQCA?).
It's bullshit. It's a fucking racket. It stinks and people are finally (some of them) starting to pay attention and reject the HRC, NGLTF, GLAAD, EQCA, self-sustaining type of advocacy.
If a level of awareness of the manipulation of those orgs is raised as a result of the current GetEqual inquisition then the squawking of the past few weeks was worthwhile.
Until we have more clarification from GetEqual I have a proposal. Since this is Pride month in San Francisco, let's throw our own Town Hall meeting. I will put the money down to rent an inexpensive room in a friendly place (UU?). Since we aren't interested in being kept by a sugar daddy, a basket will be passed during the meeting to reimburse me. I am no Jonathan Lewis, after all. All ages and types are welcome. That includes heterosexuals.
There is no specific agenda except to show up and share ideas, gripes and information. All established organizations are invited to attend or send a rep.
We will save cushioned seats in the front row for the well healed Community Leaders because we know their tender six figure bottoms are too good for metal folding chairs (I'm speaking to you Geoff and Marc).
Let me know (in the comments) if you are interested in discussing an alternative to the well-worn model of making another gay person rich while Rome burns.
I'd like to propose we tentatively call ourselves the Legion of Pissed Off Queers (LoPOC) just because it sounds comic book-y. But I am not the leader of the Legion because I'm a white guy and someone of a different flavor needs to take charge.
What's it gonna be? Finger pointing on blogs is an entertaining past time. Is that all there is?
Patrick Connors is an Uppity Fag that is channeling Peggy Lee.
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