LGBT Orgs Are Sitting Out The 2016 Elections… And It’s Killing Us
“… the largest LGBT group, the Human Rights Campaign, endorsed a candidate (Hillary Clinton) before even any votes were cast — something it hasn’t done in the recent presidential elections until after the presidential primaries were over — and thus the candidates weren’t competing for the LGBT vote by actually talking about the issues. But many other LGBT groups with big platforms, from the often enormously effective National Center for Lesbian Rights (which took the lead in pressuring politicians and groups to drop the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, with its dangerous religious exemptions) to the DC-based National LGBTQ Task Force, the oldest group advocating on behalf of LGBTQ people, have been missing in action during the presidential race. And the brash and loud direct action group, Get Equal, known for powerful protests over the past eight years, pushing President Obama to act, has been on mute.”
— Journalist Michaelangelo Signorile discussing the absence of large American LGBT organizations from the 2016 presidential election process and its harmful effect as states try to pass “religious freedom” and “bathroom bill” laws designed to roll back LGBT rights, such as the extremely anti-LGBT laws North Carolina passed just yesterday. In his column, Signorile slammed LGBT orgs for not pressuring the Democratic presidential candidates to speak against anti-LGBT laws and suggested the LGBT movement take a page out of the Black Lives Matter playbook and disrupt campaign events until they do.