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HRC Building Vandalized

HRC VandalizedEarly this morning the Human Rights Campaign building was vandalized. Early police reports say that around 4am this morning the building was defaced. According to police the vandals used either paintball guns or balloons filled with paint. It appears to have been a drive by and the police have no suspects.

The vandalism occurred after HRC’s Annual National Dinner fundraiser where President Obama spoke. This was the most publicized dinner HRC has held because of the President’s appearance. Obama’s speech was televised live on Cspan and also covered by CNN.

Today is also the National Equality March where thousands of LGBT people will be marching for equal rights.

LGR will be following this story and will provide updates from the police as they come in.


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At 4:30om EST today a group claimed responsibility by leaving a comment here on this post. Calling the act “glamdalism” the group states in their message that “a crew of radical queer and allied folks armed with pink and black paint and glitter grenades. Beside the front entrance and the inscribed mission statement (of the HRC building) now reads a tag, “Quit leaving queers behind.”

Here is the full message

Communique from the Forgotton:

Human Rights Campaign HQ Glamdalized By Queers Against Assimilation

HRC headquarters was rocked by an act of glamdalism last night by a crew of radical queer and allied folks armed with pink and black paint and glitter grenades. Beside the front entrance and the inscribed mission statement now reads a tag, “Quit leaving queers behind.”

The HRC is not a democratic or inclusive institution, especially for the people who they claim to represent. Just like society today, the HRC is run by a few wealthy elites who are in bed with corporate sponsors who proliferate militarism, heteronormativity, and capitalist exploitation. The sweatshops (Nike), war crimes (Lockheed Martin), assaults on working class people (Bank of America, Deloitte, Chase Bank, Citi Group, Wachovia Bank) and patriarchy (American Apparel) caused by their sponsors is a hypocrisy for an organization with “human rights” in their name.

The queer liberation movement has been misrepresented and co-opted by the HRC. The HRC marginalizes us into a limited struggle for aspiring homosexual elites to regain the privilege that they’ve lost and climb the social ladder towards becoming bourgeoisie.

Last night, Obama spoke at the HRC fundraising gala and currently the HRC website declares, “President Obama underlines his unwavering support for LGBT Americans.” The vast amount of organizing resources the HRC wastes on their false alliance with the Democratic party leaves radical queers on the margins to fend for themselves. Our struggle has always had to resist the repression of conservative tendencies in government and society to gain liberation in our lives.

The gourmet affair was sponsored by 48 corporations including giants Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, and Wachovia Bank. At $250 dollars a plate the HRC served our movement a rich, white, heternormative atmosphere that purposefully excludes working class queer folks.

REMEMBER THE STONEWALL RIOTS! On the 40th anniversary of Stonewall, pigs raided a queer bar in Texas, arrested and beat our friends, and we looked towards politicians and lawyers to protect us. This mentality is what keeps the money flowing to the HRC and their pet Democrats, and keeps our fists in our pockets.

Most of all we disagree that collective liberation will be granted by the state or its institutions like prisons, marriage, and the military. We need to escalate our struggle, or it will collapse.

~~Love and Solidarity~~

Photo by DB King via Flickr

Photo by DB King via Flickr (Click image for more NEM photos)

LGR is staying on top of this story and will bring more updates as they come in.

Lezzymom Lezzymom has two kids and a wonderful partner. Her political commentary has appeared on C-Span and Visit her Lezzymom blog for more of her insights.

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120 Responses to HRC Building Vandalized

  1. emdubsf

    October 14, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. the hrc with their chinese sweatshop trinkets and the bought and paid for whores in the house and senate need to step up and lead or shut the f*#k up and leave.

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  4. Jon in Montreal

    October 13, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Well now, aren’t they a clever bunch. Look at us, we’re queer, we sneer, we’re socialist, leftists, let’s cheer. What a bunch of pretentious, socialist, Che wannabes. Who are they kidding. Their screed has little to do with gay rights, I doubt many of them are. What these critters are, are radical far left anarchist types. Just like the looney right, the left has it;s own brand of wingnuts. Sadly, these morons haven’t a clue as to what they are talking about and please, spare me bringing up stonewall, I doubt any of them really know the story or what the struggle has been like. I’m almost 50, have been out since 1976 and yes, I too have had to deal with a lot of crap to get to where I am now, a proud, loud, out Canadian who has full freedoms and equality. Yes, there is a time to scream and shout, even a time of civil disobedience, but please, these cowards, yes cowards, are not fighting for gay rights, they’re, as I said, a bunch of revolutionary wannabes who have no idea of what they are talking about. Pathetic and sad, that’s all they are. As if we didn’t have enough to worry about, what with Limbaug, Fox, Coulter, et al, oh no, now we have the left, socialist, wannabes to deal with. Great, just great.

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  6. Sham

    October 13, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Unfortunately I think this post nails it- its too bad the buidling was vandalised. I’ve chosen not to give to HRC as I see it as a collective of elites who hold fancy fundraisers and really do not do anything. Besides if they did achieve their ultimate goal- what would be their new mission? Its easier to keep an organization alive if the ‘problem’ still exists.

  7. Socialist69er

    October 13, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Interestingly enough, our community, wholely supported by the HRC in efforts for equality (NOT!), gets a response like this one the day after. Basically reamed! And, we should still support the HRC?

  8. Socialist69er

    October 13, 2009 at 9:20 am

    I was shocked at hearing of the vandalism of the HRC headquarters. Then, when I read it was “glamdals” of our own community, I felt a sense of empowerment. I long ago stopped supporting the HRC due to the reasons cited in the letter by those claiming responsibility. I was wondering where the outraged queers were at the government’s lack of action on gay issues. I felt completely alone. I was tired of hearing the bullsh*t that “Obama’s got a lot on his plate” and other excuses, which the HRC perpetuated and hoped we’d all succumb to and be patient and satisfied with the status quo. So, it is refreshing to finally see some true gay activists. Paying $250 a plate at a fundraiser is not the answer. Taking to the streets and making our presense known IS. I also want to join in the revolution and solidarity!