Homelessness among queers, which results in starvation, exposure, disease, and puts people in a position where getting out of poverty is nearly impossible, has reached epidemic. proportions. Queer homelessness is a public policy problem because of discrimination at publicly-funded homeless shelters, in terms of hostility, rules, and outright rejection, as well as a private sector problem, caused by job discrimination and family rejection, that can be ameliorated with public policy. So putting those two together, one would think that "America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality" would be all over this, right? Well, that notorious one would be incorrect.
Searching all over the internet and on the HRC's webpage, I couldn't find anything about them working directly to solve this problem. It wasn't listed on their homepage as an "issue", nor could I find any project that they're working on related to homelessness except for their work towards the passage of the ENDA, although that's a long way from solving the root causes of queer youth homelessness or even job discrimination in general.
But the epidemic disease, hunger, exposure, indignity, and death of our people and our youth caused by queer homelessness is a whole lot more important than gays and lesbians not being allowed to kill Iraqis. Just sayin'.
So I'm thinking, could this lack of attention have anything to do with the fact that gay Republicans give most to the HRC when it comes to political donations? This is a problem that if we work towards solving it will cost money, which of course means taxes (or at least more responsible use of tax dollars). I honestly can't think of any other reason.
Because while conservatives worry that gays have taken over their political party, maybe we should consider the possibility that Republicans have taken over our political voice.