Mike Gravel has a post up at the Huffington Post about being snubbed by the HRC. Here's a bit:
Fighting for a hated minority is a pretty dumb way to get elected president. And obviously it hasn't helped with my fundraising. But I want to live in a country where there are no second-class citizens. As long as our nation deprives gays and lesbians of basic rights, including marriage, we have not fulfilled the promise of the Declaration of Independence guaranteeing life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to all Americans.
Oh, there's more....
He's right - we aren't the most popular people in the country right now. So it makes sense to point out that the HRC making participation in its debate a mere popularity contest is, you know, contradictory, silly, and ultimately counterproductive.
According to a HRC spokesperson, I didn't raise enough money and therefore my candidacy did not meet their standard of "viability." But that's strange -- CNN, PBS, NBC and the NAACP invited me to their debates without evaluating my financial viability. Ironically I think the real reason why HRC didn't invite me is that I'm too vocal in my advocacy of gay rights. None of the top tier candidates would have been comfortable facing an opponent who consistently points out their refusal to embrace true equality for gays and lesbians. HRC simply bowed to the star factor. It's just a shame that this travesty was perpetrated in the name of the LGBT community.
Really? Our HRC is more concerned with star power than with its goal of advancing legal equality? Never would have thought.
We're oppressed because we aren't as rich or popular as straight people are, HRC, and it's not going to change unless we challenge the system that favors money and popularity over egalitarianism and principle.
Why don't they get it?