What can the progressive movement learn from the LGBT community? Friend of the blog, GRITtv host Laura Flanders, talks with Richard Burns, Chief Operating Officer of the Arcus Foundation, Naomi Clark of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Richard Kim, Associate Editor at The Nation, and independent journalist Nancy Goldstein about the role of the LGBT community within the broader progressive movement.
It's a fascinating conversation that our readers can join. While Indiana lawmakers claim to be our friends, most of the time we're "backdoor buddies." Our money is always welcome, but our community isn't allowed to walk into their office through the front door - instead they try to hide their "friendship" with us when someone else might be looking. State-level progressive groups aren't much better since they never take up the cause of LGBT rights. The NAACP, Planned Parenthood and NOW have all supported the community, but they're national groups who've been told to be gay-friendly.
How do we get LGBT rights on the radar of our supposed allies in the state legislature and other progressive communities?