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Saturday, December 02, 2006

Conservative Coming Out Day

I'm not sure why the Queer Student Cultural Center people got so upset about Conservative Coming Out Day at the University of Minnesota. If I'd known about the day, I'd have gone to hear Jason Lewis speak.

Andy from Eleventh Avenue South writes:

Conservatives that host Conservative Coming Out Days on campus fail to see that their own support for anti-gay and lesbian laws, policies, and positions is the reason why gay and lesbian people have to 'come out' in the first place. For many GLBT people, conservatives are the political enemy; they are the people responsible for the difficulties GLBT face. To use an emotionally charged right of passage in such a casual and flippant way is a slap in the face to many GLBT people.

My experience is different. I've experienced anti-gay animus from liberal groups. Labor is slowly changing on this issue, but is especially anti-gay. I haven't seen much effort by the gay groups to confront labor on this issue. Gay groups have been much more successful with corporate America. I don't much like the Human Rights Campaign does politics. They raise lots of money, but accomplish little. They have accomplished significant things with getting corporations to offer better and fair benefits to gay and lesbian employees. Generally domestic partner benefits have not come about from labor negotiations, but rather through highly valued people at companies demanding those benefits. Companies provide the benefits to be competitive.

What I find interesting, and rather disturbing, is that campus concervatives are picking up on the "who is more oppressed" game that has been played by the left with the laundry list of oppressed groups.

It certainly is a fair exercise to look at the sponsoring groups of this:

Collegians For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), Campus Conservative Cultural Program (formerly Campus Republicans), Minnesota Republic newspaper, and Students for a Conservative Voice.

The question being, do they have on-campus faculty advisors - or a local office that works with them? Do they get student service fees? Do the same individuals serve on the boards of multiple organizations?