From Metro Weakly:
[HRC head bullshitter-in-chief-to-be Chad] Griffin says that every part of his experience led him to this day, explaining that he went from “growing up as a kid in Arkansas, not knowing that I knew a single gay person … to a career in politics and policy … then, this little thing happened a few years ago called Prop 8.”
Griffin says he looked around that night [that Prop 8 passed] and saw so many new faces of all races and ages, including many young ones, “I called a close friend of mine … and I said, ‘The world has changed.'”
He notes, “Momentum is on our side, but that kid that I used to be, there are thousands if not millions of them out there, in Arkansas and [elsewhere]. In many ways, on that night I found my voice.”
Calling it “the grandest privilege that I’ve ever had,” Griffin tells Metro Weekly, “The impact that I can have with HRC is something that I’m looking forward to diving into head first.”
Asked whether his role as the head of a marriage-based organization like the American Foundation for Equal Rights has been will signify too much attention attention being placed on marriage at HRC at the expense of things like the Employment Non-Discrimination Act going forward, Griffin says, “I’m gonna go, every single time, back to that young kid. Every decision.”
Noting that “it’s not any one thing that impacts the life of a gay person,” he says, “I don’t think anyone who knows me would say anything other than that I’m committed to full equality.”
Because we all know what “full equality” has come to mean – and it has nothing to do with the day-to-day lives of working-class Ts and LGBs who may not even be in a relationship and, irrespective of whether they could actually theoretically benefit to some degree from gay marriage depending on their individual circumstances, nevertheless have to care more about employment and housing than whether or not well-heeled politicos from DC – or from Arkansas via D.C.via L.A. – can get married and shelter the tons of money that they’ve ‘earned’ that working-class Ts and LGBs who may not even be in a relationship and, irrespective of whether they could actually theoretically benefit to some degree from gay marriage depending on their individual circumstances, will never be in a position to ‘earn’ without an ability to redress discrimination in court.
Adding that while it’s true that marriage — specifically the fight against Proposition 8 — has been his focus for the past couple of years, he says, “We have to fight the battle on all fronts, whether it’s school bullying, an inclusive ENDA or a whole host of other things, political or otherwise, that impact the lives of a gay person.”
We’ll believe that when we see it – and don’t see you play Lucy with the football.
Having just married an organization that is guilty of crimes against not just trans people but all working-class LGBs and which has not shown one iota of interest in actually paying restitution for those crimes (sorry, but giving an unqualified trans woman a paycheck after passing over hundreds of better-qualified actual trans activists who had actual track records is not an act of restitution; its a further crime – a hate crime enhancement to the fraud of claiming to be an inclusive organization and accepting things of value that were offered because of that claim), Griffin is guilty he proves himself innocent. After all…
Those are the first five syllables I’ve seen attributed to him that give me any indication that he’s even willing to pretend that trans people and working-class non-trans LGBs have any concern other than gay marriage.
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