CHAPTER ONE

STOP PREACHING TO THE CHOIR

So tonight, the Stonewall Democrats, a group I used to belong to but since disassociated myself from, is holding yet another panel discussion regarding Proposition 8…in West Hollywood. I’m starting to believe that there is another type of closet that gays live in and it’s bound my their fear of dealing with people who they can’t control or who don’t agree with them thus forcing them to stay within the confines of say—a city, like West Hollywood and preach to the choir.

I have to say that I find it very interesting that they continue to hold these panel discussions and have yet to reach across the aisle and hold a conversation with folks who don’t agree with their tactics and strategy regarding the No on Prop. 8 campaign…namely Black gays and I am sorry the Jordan/Rustin Coalition doesn’t count.

I mean at the end of the day, this panel is going to accomplish nothing. It’s a group of likeminded people sitting around talking about the same shit they’ve been talking about since the election.

Not to mention the fact that in the 11th hour they told the president of the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Ron Hasson not to come and speak on the panel.  WTF?  Now what’s that really about.

No shade to Rev. Lee, whom they replaced Ron Hasson with, but just one look at the panel and it’s very clear, this is much ado about nothing and more of the same.

Which leads me to the question, are they scared? Scared of talking and interfacing with people from their own party who disagree with them and scared of talking to Black people other than the ones they know and love?

And I quote from their own words:

Stonewall Democratic Club has gathered some of the best minds in the Equality Movement for a panel discussion on our renewed fight for Marriage Equality. The panel will explore the Prop 8 campaign, its immediate aftermath (the rallies and boycotts), and how we most constructively move forward in our continuing fight for marriage equality.

Moderator:
Rodney Scott
Chair, Special Committee on Marriage Equality, Stonewall Dem Club
President, Christopher Street West

Panelists:
Javier Angulo
Vice President, HONOR PAC
(Latina/o LGBT political action committee)

Ron Buckmire (Lol, it figures)
President, Jordan/Rustin Coalition
(African-American LGBT advocacy organization)

Cary Davidson
Attorney for ‘No on 8’
VP, Equality California

Reverend Eric Lee
President, Southern Christian Leadership Conference of California

Jenny Pizer
Senior Counsel, Lambda Legal

If you’re interested in attending tonight’s meeting and are in Los Angeles, the meeting is taking place at 7 p.m. If you go, please ask them when they are going to come out of their own closet and tell them I sent you.

West Hollywood Park Auditorium
647 North San Vicente
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(free parking lot immediately adjacent)