‘We’ll give (to politicians) when we GetEQUAL’
With the midterm elections just a few weeks away…several politicians are scrambling for voter support, especially within the LGBT community. But one national organization says its members won’t lend a helping hand unless lawmakers do so first.
This week, the self-proclaimed national, direct action LGBT civil rights organization GetEQUAL announced the launch of its “We’ll Give When We GetEQUAL” campaign.
The group says the campaign is not stopping voters from casting their ballots, but instead asking them not to contribute to the campaigns of politicians who have promised change — but failed to deliver. GetEQUAL is also asking that voters withhold donating to groups that finance anti-equality candidates.
Director of GetEQUAL Robin McGehee says the group has already received more than a thousand pledges on its website…something she considers to be a great sign in an otherwise bad political situation.
McGehee: “We need to see a different type of way of doing politics or we’re going to stop playing the game like it’s been played…because right now, we don’t have a successful strategy. If we did, we wouldn’t be in this situation of realizing that the promises that have continued to happen are not actually producing results.”
McGehee says lack of progress on LGBT issues with Democrats in power — and the prospect of Republican control of one or both houses of Congress — has ramped up the urgency for grassroots action.
And until she sees stronger signs of commitment to gay rights issues, McGehee says she refuses to take part in an “unhealthy relationship” with those in power.
McGehee: “We don’t have a party loyalty…what we do have is a loyalty to our community to get equal…and we will organize continually until that need is met.”
McGehee says the campaign will remain active even after the midterm elections.