|Via KETV: HRC opens a permanently-staffed Nebraska office |
HRC often is likened to a huge donation vacuum which swoops in like hungry buzzards (mixed metaphor!) after other groups have done the heavy lifting. In fact, just today HuffPost Gay Voices published this paint-peeling blast at HRC from a Tennessee man:
...We reached out to your organization for support for the work we were doing, but no one so much as returned a phone call until we had national media for an event.Nebraska Family Alliance, the homophobic machinations of the Catholic and Evangelical churches, and the cynical anti-LGBT exploitation of GOP politicians who love to play political football with the lives of gay Nebraskans.
Welcome to the South, but this is not a new frontier. Take some time to get to know the local communities who have been building bridges, winning and losing campaigns, and making a difference for generations. Enter these communities with humility and a beginner's mind. And please, please don't erase the rich history and culture of the queer South just because you finally started paying attention.
AKSARBENT readers may recall HRC's support (see AKSARBENT video below) last Fall at Brad Ashford's hearing on the impact of SCOTUS' DOMA ruling. The group also paid for an important survey on discrimination against LGBT Nebraskans, and the group's Corporate Equality Index revealed that the biggest corporation HQ'd in Nebraska, Berkshire Hathaway, has an abysmal record on LGBT equality.
Welcome to the Cornhusker State, HRC and have at it. We look forward to your continued and increased support.