I'd like to add one point and then bring you up to date on the ridiculous shenanigans that are going on about this. Catch me after the jump for the rest.
Day 4: Where is Richardson's Apology
First, I'd like to point out how old school Richardson's reaction was last year when he committed this discriminatory faux pas. Rather than publicly say something like "darn, that was really stupid of me" or "I really can't believe I walked right into that trap", he picked up the phone and made a phone call for cover.
He called Alexis Blizman, the head of Equality New Mexico to apologize for the slur. He sought and promptly received appropriate cover for his verbal diarrhea. Ms. Blizman asked the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defemation (GLADD) not to publicly call out Richardson on the comments he made on the Imus show. Effectively, she shut down the process for which we hold folks accountable.
Things that work this way are unacceptable and reek of smoke-filled back room politics. In today's age of internet driven communication, it's politically naive to think such an approach will be effective and lasting.
After this was brought to light through Crain and Ocamb's reporting and subsequent blog postings around the country, Richardson appeared poised to respond with an apology. However, that apology is very much in question at this time. There are unconfirmed rumors that another gay rights organization is continuing to provide cover for Richardson and advising him against acknowledging his mistake in an appropriate way.
If this is the case, it dangerously continues the old school way of approaching such issues and will eventually come back to bite both in the ass. Let's end the shenanigans. An apology is appropriate and any organization that suggests otherwise is doing a disservice to the LGBT community.