10 MAY 26, 2006
www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE
In defense of the
Human Rights Campaign
To the Editors:
Re "Howard Dean's gay lapdogs," (editorial by Chris Crain, May 19):
OK, we get it. Chris Crain hates the
Human Rights Campaign — and apparently anything Democratic.
Whether it's his regular editorializing
about his belief that the HRC is entirely
beholden to the Democratic Party or some
other progressive groups, or in the not-so-
subtle slant of any news story about the
HRC or other gay rights organizations, his
bias is clear.
The latest screed assumes facts not in
evidence, but that doesn't stop the bile.
Yes, it would be marvelous to have a
civilized debate about same-sex marriage
— where "our side" could lay out all the
benefits and advantages to society Every
time civil rights (including marriage
rights) are put forward to an open-minded
audience, we win.
That's why the ranks companies with
perfect scores on the HRC Corporate
Equality Index continue to grow. It's also
why, for the most part, we win in court.
Unfortunately, that's not the environment in this Congress — the anti-gay
forces won't agree to that kind of discussion — and Crain knows this.
Will the HRC tactical plan for this particular assault be effective? We will see
after the vote.
HRC refuses to fight
for marriage equality
To the Editors:
Re "Howard Dean's lapdogs" (editorial
by Chris Crain, May 19):
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WE LORE THESE IDIOTS AWAY FROM MILITARY FUNERALS."
We couldn't agree more! In 2003 and
2004, we rode our bicycles across America
to advocate for equal marriage rights.
Before the rides, we contacted the
Human Rights Campaign to ask if they
would let their local connections know
we were coming and help get the word
They refused our request and responded that we would be hurting "the cause"
by fighting for marriage equality.
Now we tell everyone we meet to
donate their money to their local
GLBT organizations and not to HRC,
which seems more interested in promoting themselves than equal marriage rights.
CARRIE & EL1SIA ROSS-STONE
Wallace, West Va.
Boycott Caribbean over
To the Editors:
Re "Deja bashed all over again" (editorial by Chris Crain, April 28):
The beatings of Dick Jefferson and Ryan
Smith are not unusual dady occurrences in
the Caribbean. I have urged everyone, gay or
straight from vacationing or doing business in
the Caribbean and to boycott all of the islands,
particularly Jamaica. Domenica, Grenada as
well as all the windward and leeward islands
To say or be openly gay in the
Caribbean is to guarantee that you might
well not wake up the next day. You do not
have to be gay; if someone thinks you are,
then you are subject to being murdered.
The violence will stop when the world
pressures these islands to crack down on
barbaric homophobes and the clergy who
incite them to murder and violence.
As a Dutch territory. Saint Maartens
would be a very nice place for gay couples
to marry if it were not for this ugly homophobic situation.
Oems blame victim,
just like batterers
To the Editors:
Since 1979, when our community
made five simple demands at the first
national gay march on Washington, not
one of those demands has been met.
It has not mattered whether Democrats
or Republicans have been in charge. As a
Democrat and contributor to Bill Clinton's
presidential campaign, I was rewarded by
his decision to sign the Defense of
Marriage Act (DOMA) and "Don't Ask,
Don't Tell," two of the most anti-gay bills
to ever come out of Washington.
We are politically battered, by both
Republicans and Democrats. And the national Democratic Party, by trying to guilt us
into thinking we (and not they) are responsible for whether they win elections is the classic syndrome of a batterer. It's called "blame
the victim." Why do we take it?
Howard Dean was embarrassed when he
signed the civil union bill in Vermont. Who
elevated him to gay icon? How dare he fire
Donald Hitchcock, the party's gay outreach
director, because his partner Paul Yandura
accused Dean of not protecting gays?
We need to stop this blind and destructive alliance to the Democratic Party.
Edttors' note: The letter writer organized the
first national gay march on Washington in 1979.
When you shop or
need a professional
service, do you
usually choose a
If available, I always do. However,
we need more businesses owned
by GLBT or GLBT-friendly people.
The GLBT community has money
to spend, and we just wanted to be
treated fairly without prejudice.
CARU HAYES, 35
Most definitely, if available. The
business owners tend to treat anyone who walks in equally, unlike
other owners or staff in straight
businesses who sometimes automatically judge the amount of
money a person will spend, according to their appearance.
KEU.Y LUTHER. 34
Usually, unless 1 need a services
that isn't offered in the Gay &
Lesbian Yellow Pages.
BRANDY REDING, 30
I try not to discriminate, whether
gay or straight We have to sup
port the human race.
Yes, my experience has shown me
that GLBT businesses have excellent quality of service. I also think
it's important for GLBT businesses
to succeed and be a positive presence for our non-GLBT community.
CHRISTOPHER WRIGHT, 33
Laser technician manager
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