You might ask just what gay and lesbian rights have to do with the political battle over illegal immigration in the state of Arizona and that would indeed be a very intelligent and perceptive question on your part. Apparently, the Human Rights Campaign and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce couldn’t wait to jump on the Left-wing Latino Toady Express and threw their full support behind the anti-American boycott of the state of Arizona. This knee jerk reaction by our so-called gay advocacy groups sadly comes as no surprise to many of us. After all, the We-Know-Best progressive elites leading our gay political parade are wearing the marching raiment of Left-wing cronyism. Like all the other bumptious boobs who have condemned the Arizona governor and legislature for attempting to defend itself against the onslaught of illegal immigrants, our gay elites just couldn’t wait to prance and preen in the progressive pageant of perpetual protestation. Come one, come all! Join the Socialist Sorrows Sing-a-Long: I’m a victim, they’re a victim, wouldn’t you like to be a victim too?
But perhaps our great gay gurus haven’t really looked at this issue with the eagle eye of genuine political discernment. The Greater Phoenix Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is not exactly thrilled with these national gay organizations taking political and economic shots at their gay and lesbian businesses and hence their gay and lesbian livelihoods. After private talks with these national groups went nowhere, the Phoenix Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce took the dispute public. The Phoenix group blasted emails to all of their members urging them to pressure the national organizations to drop their support of the boycott.
The president of the Greater Phoenix Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Joseph Gesullo, stated: They haven’t even read SB 1070…they don’t really know what’s going on around here…they’re just grandstanding. Apparently, the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is now willing to come to some sort of compromise but the Human Rights Campaign has remained steadfast in their refusal to tone down the boycott rhetoric. Gesullo accused the Human Rights Campaign of kowtowing to Latino advocacy groups and to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
My, oh my. Could there be some tears in the cross-stitched fabric of the progressive victimhood confederation? Could it be that some gays and lesbians are beginning to wonder why a national gay and lesbian organization that supposedly exists to support the political, social, and economic rights of gays and lesbians is aggressively whacking the wallets of gays and lesbians?
When a gay and lesbian advocacy group with a lot of money and a lot of clout actively conspires to hurt their own constituency, somebody has got to ask the big questions here: Who owns ya, baby? Who are you beholdin to? Who do you really serve when the chips are down?
But I think there’s a silver lining in this illegal immigrant storm cloud hanging over the state of Arizona. It is conflicts like this that bring to the forefront the genuine diversity of the gay and lesbian community. We don’t speak with one voice. And as more of these pesky little issues appear on the gay public’s radar screen, the sunshiny message of pop culture progressivism will be harder to sell to individual gays and lesbians who are getting soaked to the skin by their Left-leaning leaders.