Bilerico Project contributor (and the former HRC field organizer who helped to pass Indy's inclusive human rights ordinance) Bo Shuff has started an interesting series on the main site. The series looks at Equality Ohio and asks whether the equality org is providing quality representation for the LGBT community.
As a frequent critic of Indiana Equality's lack of professional staff, moribund leadership, financial mismanagement and inability to actually advance the Hoosier LGBT community, I'll be reading the series with interest. I've long considered doing a thorough exposé on IE's serious lack of quality representation, but it's never been a top priority.
It'd be interesting to read critical analysis of each of the state-level organizations. All too often, these orgs attempt to silence anyone who points out flaws in the management structure instead of working with the critics to improve. IE, for example, refuses to link to any blogger who's criticized the organization and doesn't send us press releases for fear of negative coverage. But if you have to hide what you're doing from your own community, are you really working for the common good or protecting a cult of personality?
Bo's first two posts are up now with a third being published tomorrow.
Most orgs are trying to move our agenda forward, but should we give their bad past performances or current struggles a pass because they're the only gig in town? Or should we hold them up to a standard of quality that's needed to truly spur change?