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Gay Rights Movement Veteran Matt Foreman Slams HRC

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Longtime LGBT activist Matt Foreman is taking the Human Rights Campaign to task–blaming the national rights organization for infighting within the movement.

Foreman issued an open letter to members of the community earlier last week in which he said “we are not as cohesive as we might appear.” In fact, the former director of several LGBT groups, including the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, says he personally feels that the movement is split into two: HRC and “everyone else.”

Foreman says LGBT equality has suffered greatly because of this divide, noting that lawmakers are unable to create change because of “mixed messages and a lack of clarity.” He even alleges that HRC deliberately undermines unity within the community by refusing to work with local and state entities.

Foreman told OutQ’s Michelangelo Signorile Friday that he does NOT want HRC to view his letter as an attack. But he says he wants the group’s board of directors to focus on achieving greater inclusion and cooperation within the movement when selecting President Joe Solmonese’s successor.

FOREMAN: “You know, I don’t expect this to all be wine and roses or ‘Kumbaya,’ but we could do so much better. And that’s why I wrote the piece.”

Foreman says he’s confident that the community can come together to advocate for equal rights.

The Human Rights Campaign did not immediately respond to OutQ’s request for comment.

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Written by Xorje Olivares

November 14, 2011 at 9:45 AM

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