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‘We’ll give (to politicians) when we GetEQUAL’

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With the midterm elections just a few weeks away…several politicians are scrambling for voter support, especially within the LGBT community. But one national organization says its members won’t lend a helping hand unless lawmakers do so first.

This week, the self-proclaimed national, direct action LGBT civil rights organization GetEQUAL announced the launch of its “We’ll Give When We GetEQUAL” campaign.

The group says the campaign is not stopping voters from casting their ballots, but instead asking them not to contribute to the campaigns of politicians who have promised change — but failed to deliver. GetEQUAL is also asking that voters withhold donating to groups that finance anti-equality candidates.

Director of GetEQUAL Robin McGehee says the group has already received more than a thousand pledges on its website…something she considers to be a great sign in an otherwise bad political situation.

McGehee: “We need to see a different type of way of doing politics or we’re going to stop playing the game like it’s been played…because right now, we don’t have a successful strategy. If we did, we wouldn’t be in this situation of realizing that the promises that have continued to happen are not actually producing results.”

McGehee says lack of progress on LGBT issues with Democrats in power — and the prospect of Republican control of one or both houses of Congress — has ramped up the urgency for grassroots action.

And until she sees stronger signs of commitment to gay rights issues, McGehee says she refuses to take part in an “unhealthy relationship” with those in power.

McGehee: “We don’t have a party loyalty…what we do have is a loyalty to our community to get equal…and we will organize continually until that need is met.”

McGehee says the campaign will remain active even after the midterm elections.

–Xorje Olivares


Written by OutQ News staff

October 7, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Posted in Politicians

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  1. More childish publicity seeking by GetEQUAL. This is childish and stupid. They are simply trying to raise money to cover their unwarranted $100,000 salaries.

    Pissing on people is not a strategy. Making demands without a real threat is toddlerish.


    October 8, 2010 at 12:24 AM

  2. Agreed. This is just silly. Democrats not having done anything since Obama has been in office??? Really???

    1. Increase HIV funding
    2. Sent highest ranking military officers to congress to help repeal DADT
    3. Partner recognition in hospitals
    5. Passports in new last name for married gay couples
    6. And not the smallest… he has CHANGED THE TONE of LGBT rights in this country. He understands you can’t force things down people’s throats. You lead by example and change hearts and minds. By including the LGBT population, increasing visibility, and standing for equality even if rhetorically he has advanced the LGBT movement more than any of us can even realize.


    October 14, 2010 at 2:33 PM

  3. I agree with both of these comments. GetEqual is hurting us and making us look stupid. They are clearly just helping republicans.

    I think we should demand that GetEqual stop their actions immediately or at least until they find something useful to do. I knew having “paid activists” was a bad idea, I didn’t know it would be this bad.

    Jason Miami

    October 14, 2010 at 2:49 PM

  4. Just two days after that dramatic (and childish) Miami protest of DADT by the GetEQUAL clowns, the White House announced they would be appealing the DADT Injunction.

    Bigger banners next time? More weather balloons? Better megaphones?

    We applied faux “pressure” and the White House responded. We were punished for this juvenile protest that was intended to “embarrass” Obama. Instead of being embarrassed he simple said “fu*k you” LGBT community. Great job GetEQUAL.

    We can only what’s next from these attention-whores:

    Bombs? Missiles? Hijacking planes?


    October 14, 2010 at 5:31 PM

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