OK, Folks…Here’s our first easy to do action. Take a look at the Washington Blade’s editorial on lesbian and gay hill staffers and then send a note off to Executive Editor Chris Crain on how fantastic this Viewpoint is. You can see the entire editorial here: DON’T CRY FOR HILL STAFFERS
While the entire editorial is worth a read, I couldn’t resist posting some of my favorite lines from it:
“IF EVER THERE were a definition of a gay Uncle Tom, it would fit these people. These are not dishwashers or short-order cooks at Cracker Barrel, facing poverty if their redneck bosses learn they’re big homos.
“These are smart, talented, well-educated professionals who could find success in any number of highly paid positions on or off the Hill but who instead have chosen to devote their professional lives to advancing the careers of politicians who would strip them and their friends of basic civil rights protections and even redress of their grievances in the courts.
It is 2004, not 1954, and sexual orientation in and of itself is no longer a “private fact” beyond the pale of inquiry.
It is not the job of the Washington Blade – and ought not be the job of HRC – to protect the identity of semi-closeted congressional aides who have important questions to answer about why they have not acted to protect their fellow gay citizens.
THANK YOU CHRIS CRAIN AND THANK YOU WASHINGTON BLADE!