Mar 172012

A coalition of LGBT groups is planning a protest of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) during an upcoming Los Angeles event. Why? The Occupy Los Angeles Queer Affinity Group and GetEQUAL are unhappy with the HRC’s decision to make Goldman Sachs CEO Llyod Blankfein its national spokesman for marriage equality AND the honoring of said controversial financial firm with a HRC Corporate Equality trophy.

Protesters from OLA’s Queer group and GetEQUAL will meet on Saturday outside of a HRC fundraiser in West L.A. to blast the organization’s ties to Goldman Sachs.

“I was a supporter of HRC,” says GetEQUAL L.A. member Maja Roble. “My partner and I wear matching HRC engagement rings, but now we’re forced to replace them with a symbol that reflects our love and calls for real social justice and equality. It is very disappointing to watch HRC once again choose money over integrity. What does HRC really have in common with Goldman Sachs, and how can this relationship possibly promote equal rights for all? We’re hopeful that HRC will change course and choose to represent the entire community and not just the interests of the 1%.”

Activists point us to a few bullet points in a press release announcing the protest:

  • Mr. Blankfein admitted to stealing money from Goldman Sachs customers [1]
  • Workers in many states are suing Goldman Sachs for stealing their pensions [2]
  • A U.S. Senate subcommittee has recommended perjury charges against Mr. Blankfein [3]
  • The same subcommittee laid “much of the blame” for the financial crisis on Goldman Sachs and other firms that sold securities [4]
  • In 2007, some say the worst year of the financial crisis, Mr. Blankfein pocketed $53 million in compensation [5]

The HRC explained its selection of Blankfein shortly after the decision was announced. “Lloyd Blankfein is not someone average Americans would think is going to support marriage equality,” HRC’s Fred Sainz said. “The green visor crowd is not typically associated with socially progressive policies, and this is further proof that a diversity of Americans are coming to the same conclusion.”


What’s Your Instinct: Gay Groups Protest Human Rights Campaign For Honoring Goldman Sachs, Blankfein