BY ANDY NALEWSKI
Where to start…
Human Rights Campaign, an organization renowned for their support of LGBT rights, has officially endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.
And the internet is asking very, very clearly: “why the fuck did you not endorse Bernie Sanders?”
They have also asked this question very, very loudly. In under twenty-four hours, their over three thousand five star reviews on Facebook are now outnumbered by one star reviews by a matter of over two thousand. Because of this, their 4.5 rating has dropped to a 2.5 in the same time frame (as of the time of this writing).
If this doesn’t make sense to you, read on.
Here’s the low down: Bernie Sanders has been fighting for LGBT rights since the 70’s, where that opinion was so unpopular it could have (and did, actually) cost him an election. He even went so far as to sign into effect a Gay Pride Day in the Burlington, of which he was mayor at the time. Human Rights Campaign themselves gave him a 100% rating in regards to advancing human rights on their website.
And yet they chose Clinton.
Clinton was opposed to gay marriage since her political inception, supporting DOMA and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and speaking out publicly that marriage was “between one man and one woman”. Only when she saw the poll numbers in favor of same sex marriage rise did she come out in support of it, after decades of opposition. She only holds an 89% rating as judged by Human Rights Campaign.
Why was this the decision they made?
Chad Griffin, CEO of HRC, got his start in politics by working under Bill Clinton’s campaign and administration.
Clap. Clap. Clap.
I had never, ever, thought this organization would be a corporate and political sell out. They’ve done a lot to advance LGBT rights, and until yesterday I (and many others) had followed their page religiously. This is the biggest let down since Silent Hill 5 was cancelled.
I will say that they’re nothing if not trendy:
New year, new me.