Early this morning, on June 29, the Human Rights Campaign gift shop by Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. was vandalized with pink paint and graffiti. The group behind the vandalism idiotically calls itself "The Right Honorable Wicked Stepmothers' Traveling, Drinking and Debating Society and Men's Auxiliary." They specifically chose this morning as a tribute to the 42nd anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
The New Gay, who reported the vandalism with glee, sarcastically described the group's press release as one that would "win them thousands of adoring fans in the relaxed, prank-loving, not-in-the-least-bit-politically-curmudgeonly gay blogosphere."
In the release, the group says it vandalized the store to send a message to "Gay, Inc." Their original plan for the vandalism, they explain, included broken windows, although The New Gay reported the only damage was the paint and graffiti.
The modern LGBT movement owes its success to three days of smashing, burning, punching, and kicking - all of it happily indiscriminate - and the confrontational tactics of groups like ACT-UP that followed in the decades since. Yet, somehow we've forgotten our riotous roots.
Why, you're asking, did we specifically target the HRC, a massive national gay rights non-profit as opposed to vomiting urine on Rick Santorum or something equally fun?
Put simply, they suck. What do they suck? Cash. Lots of it.
The HRC rakes in something approaching 50 million dollars a year in revenue--their executive director, Joe Salmonellamayonaisemanese pulls in a salary of several hundred grand. What have we gotten out of this bloated carcass? Not a thing worth mentioning and every now and then, they eagerly sell trans people up the river. Seriously, this is an organization that hordes money and does nothing useful. It's a sad, sick dinosaur.
Everyone: We know you mean well, but stop giving these idiots your money. Stop putting that equal sticker on your car. Stop going to their lame galas. And for the love of Judy Garland's Ghost and Robert Mapplethorpe's Zombie Bones, stop saying "It Gets Better" and hoping for a miracle from up on high. We don't expect you to riot (although we swear you'll love it once you get going!) but it's time for us to quit with the passivity, move to action, build community and care for each other instead of hoping the Gay Non-Profit Industrial Complex will ever get anything done.