HRC Skips Virginia On Equality Tour
Many of us are aware of opinions from informed individuals that the Human Rights Campaign may tend to consider Virginia a primary fundraising domain – raising tens, and likely hundreds, of thousands of dollars over the years from Virginians – from memberships and local events – while also recruiting high-value individual donors from Virginia. But HRC has not shown much commitment at all to organizing and funding efforts in Virginia.
HRC is sponsoring a bus tour in August through October called “On The Road To Equality.” From HRC:
“The 12 week tour will travel to 17 cities in 11 states and D.C., with particular emphasis on the Midwest and South where there are limited legal protections for LGBT people and living openly and honestly can be difficult.”
But they’re not stopping in Virginia.
Utah, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, Florida - the bus drives through Virginia, but doesn’t stop?
Virginia also, according to the bus tour criteria should be included for one or more stops:
- does NOT have non-discrimination legal protections for lgbt
- does NOT have relationship recognition for lgbt
- does HAVE an anti-gay marriage amendment
- does FAIL to affirmatively include lgbt issues in public education (no promo homo)
- does NOT include sexual orientation or gender identity is state ‘hate crimes’ law
- does NOT allow second parent adoption for same-sex couples
HRC responded to inquiries with the following:
We thank you for your suggestion of stopping in Richmond, VA on the HRC bus tour. However, this is a limited tour and all cities have been determined. Unfortunately we are not able to go everywhere we might like, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways HRC is involved in other state issues outside of this particular tour.
After years of largely ignoring the most populous region of the US – the American South according to the census – and the most populous region of LGBT Americans - the American South – is a bus tour the best that HRC can come up with?
You can tell HRC what you think, here: http://www.hrc.org/12022.htm.
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