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    May 16, 2008

    Let's count the ways to be 'inclusive'

    Posted by: Chris

    Donnanarducci The Atlanta Pride Committee did. The result? Only one:

    The Atlanta Pride Committee decided last week to decline a [$5,000] sponsorship from the Human Rights Campaign over the national gay political group’s support for a version of the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act that did not include “gender identity” as a protected category.

    “We knew that it was almost a no-win situation,” said
    Atlanta Pride Executive Director Donna Narducci. “Do you take the money, or do you not take the money? Do we need the money? Yes, we need the money. … But do we need to take the money from an organization that is not inclusive."

    Apparently inclusiveness is measured only by adherence to the political views of Narducci, the Pride Board and Atlanta's very vocal trans activists. The disagreement here wasn't even on substance -- all involved support protection for trans workers -- but legislative strategy.

    How does Atlanta Pride now demonstrate its own inclusiveness toward the thousands of gay, lesbian and bisexual Atlantans -- and even some transgender folk -- who supported going forward with the only version of ENDA that stood a chance of passage?  Are they still a part of the community? Is Barney Frank also unwelcome at Atlanta Pride, then? What about Tammy Baldwin  -- she voted for Barney's GLB-only version of ENDA, after all.

    Somebody, please, make the political correctness stop!



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    1. anonymous on May 16, 2008 2:17:45 PM:

      No consistency. The article even says Delta, Home Depot and Verizon Wireless do not meet the corporate HRC equality index rating for "Prohibits Discrimination Based on Gender Identity and/or Expression", but score an acceptable 85.

      So they're using HRC to rate companies to meet a sponsorship criteria, but HRC itself is turned away. Might as well toss the index and have the Pride Committee cherry pick sponsors.

    1. Amicus on May 16, 2008 2:35:25 PM:

      It's not an inclusion thing.

      It's the naughty step.

    1. Colin on May 16, 2008 3:30:44 PM:

      I'm a long time fan of Atlanta Pride and of Donna Narducci in particular. I'm not a particularly big fan of HRC, because although they have a great website with useful information, they have yet to score a significant legislative win. Despite all this, I think Atlanta Pride made a stupid decision. This isn't even political correctness, as is evidenced by the fact that other sponsors don't protect gender expression or identity. It's just anti-HRC animus, and it's stupid. You don't have to like them, but for chrissakes, they fill a roll in the community that someone needs to fill.

      When ideology trumps reality, you've gone too far.

    1. Double T on May 16, 2008 4:38:39 PM:

      Chris Crain fighting for HRC!!!!
      Ok. That's independent thinking.

      Atlant Pride is not so smart. So what about "Dikes on Bikes" turn them away because they don't include Men on Bikes.

      I'm guessing that Donna Narducci has been sharpen this knife for sometime now, this is not a recent decision.

      The "cut off" for Pride should not be whether or not they are all inclusive, but what they bring to the table. If they are not attacking the GLBT community why not let them sit at the table?

    1. Tim C on May 16, 2008 6:38:50 PM:

      The Atlanta Pride Committee are being idiots. I attended Pride in Atlanta for about a decade, and always was sure to drop $5 in the bucket to help cover costs. If I were going this year, I wouldn't drop anything in the bucket. They obviously don't need the money.

    1. libhomo on May 16, 2008 11:56:42 PM:

      The kind of vicious and fanatical bigotry you are showing towards our trans sisters and brothers is pathetic. You forget that supporting equality for lesbian, gay, and bi people also is attacked as "political correctness."

      Complaints about "political correctness" are the first refuges of bigots.

    1. Chris on May 17, 2008 6:51:31 AM:

      Ahh 'libhomo,' that really is rich! I have never suggested (and would actively oppose) any effort to exclude a person/organization based on their position on the ENDA-trans strategy. The "viciousness" is all on the other side.

      You're right about how conservatives have misused and abused the term "political correctness" but it's original meaning still fits sometimes. Like here -- where in the name of "inclusiveness," one LGBT organization is shunning another over a strategy judgment about which reasonable and well-intentioned people can disagree.

      That sort of intellectual arrogance and intolerance is what "political correctness" is all about.

    1. Tim C on May 17, 2008 11:21:58 AM:

      Let's just consider ourselves lucky that the Coast Guard doesn't operate on the premise that if we can't save everyone on the first trip out, we don't save anyone.

    1. anonymous on May 20, 2008 1:55:41 AM:

      I was just looking at the HRC Atlanta Dinner program from May 3rd of 2008. Atlanta Pride Committee is listed as a "Dinner Sponser", including a full page ad!

      What's up with that? Did Pride give money to HRC and not take it from HRC? Did HRC donate the sponser cost for Atlanta Pride? There are some real un answered questions on this story.

    1. jpru on Sep 1, 2008 6:18:12 PM:

      Atlanta pride did the right thing. Make a point no matter how unpopular that point may be. How can anyone suggest that we give rights to one group but not the other. PRIDE events, need we be reminded that the beginning of Pride events was all about transgender not gay, shall we now chew up and spit out our transgender brothers and sisters, without them there would never have been a gay pride.

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