Yesterday Dan Zac from the Washington Post gave me a call to talk about the differences and similarities between GetEqual and GOProud. He was writing an article about the two groups recent splash onto the scene this year and how effective they've been. The story came out in today's paper and he does a good job of playing the two groups against their more established counterparts in the movement.
Everything's a turnoff these days. The right for the left, the left for the right. Conservative gays got nitpicky with the language in Judge Vaughn Walker's Prop. 8 decision. Liberal gays slapped their foreheads after agreeing to hinge "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" on a Pentagon troop survey.
It's been a big, loud gay year, and a pair of young gay rights groups on opposite ends of the political spectrum have tried to be heard above the noise in Washington: GOProud, from its basement office in Capitol Hill, and GetEQUAL, a nationwide, direct-action network of activists co-captained by Managing Director Heather Cronk, 32, who lives in Maryland. The groups are not analogous in size, strategy or mission, but each aspires to commandeer the causes championed by the establishment -- embodied by the Human Rights Campaign on the left and the Log Cabin Republicans on the right.
My quote in the article is kind to both groups because, as I say, they both have their place in the larger movement. Left out was my position that there are too many groups currently competing for attention, dollars, and influence and that quite a few of them could easily merge together and get more accomplished.