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    February 25, 2008

    Left off the list

    Posted by: Chris

    It's been a while since I've taken a potshot at the Human Rights Campaign, so here goes. Did anyone else notice the nation's largest gay rights organization was not on the list of 10 GLBT groups that will split the record-breaking $65 million bequest by gay Microsoft pioneer Ric Weiland?

    The complete list of beneficiaries includes:

    • amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research
    • Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
    • Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
    • In The Life
    • International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)
    • Lambda Legal
    • National Gay & Lesbian Task Force
    • Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG)
    • Project Inform
    • Servicemembers Legal Defense Network

    Perhaps Weiland decided HRC was sufficiently endowed or maybe like many he questions the organization's effectiveness, especially given its resources.

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    1. Out of Eygpt on Feb 25, 2008 8:34:05 PM:

      Please:
      It takes me a bit to formulate my thoughts about something you have written. By the time I get my act together you are 2-3 stories down the line. Are you able to pick up recent comments even if they are a few stories behind???
      Thank you so much DK

    1. Thomas Johnson on Feb 25, 2008 9:58:35 PM:

      Perhaps...you are aware that Mr. Weiland passed away 2 years ago, and I am guessing the estate was just settled. I am shocked that you are not saying this is all related to ENDA. Here's another scenario. Maybe, just maybe, Ric thought, "hey, they are doing enough, and they are not the underdog..." and he gave his money elsewhere.

    1. Kevin on Feb 26, 2008 12:59:07 AM:

      Yes, the fact that Weiland did not include HRC as one of the beneficiaries jumped out at me as well. Most all the major GLBT organizations were included as recipients but not HRC. If he thought HRC was effective he certainly would have included them as a recipient. Like any smart businessman, he put his money to organizations that are effective in what they set out to do. HRC continues to prove it is anything but that.

    1. Chris on Feb 26, 2008 11:41:09 AM:

      Thomas, were you so disappointed that I didn't blame this on ENDA that you missed where I wrote, "Perhaps Weiland decided HRC was sufficiently endowed..."? That said, I think Kevin's right. An effective organization can always do more with more, so the decision not to include HRC likely reflects a conclusion that HRC is not.

    1. Brian Miller on Feb 26, 2008 9:43:57 PM:

      Perhaps Mr. Weiland simply wanted his money to go to an organization focused on LGBT issues. As HRC has announced that it plans to no longer focus exclusively on LGBT issues, that would disqualify it from consideration automatically.

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