I got OutFront Minnesota's weekly newsletter which mentioned their participation in Ripple Effect. I sent them the following:
What does Ripple Effect have to do with OutFront's Mission on GLBT? This suggests that not only is OutFront Minnesota a partisan organization - but a far left one at that. The Ripple Effect event promo you have on your site doesn't even mention GLBT - are you happy with being closeted among the "progressive" left?
When has OutFront Minnesota participated in an event with other "non-partisan" organizations such as the Taxpayer's League?
This type of thing gives the Governor a reasonable excuse to avoid talking to OutFront Minnesota - and he should not have such an excuse. You have a responsibility to be working with republicans - especially with your funding level. Log Cabin Republicans in MN does not have the resources to carry that ball.
I'm interested in your response for Lloydletta's Nooz.
OutFront responded with this statement:
Hi Eva – here’s our statement in response to your earlier questions:
OutFront Minnesota is participating in Ripple Effect as a way to engage people in the upcoming election, particularly to do voter registration among young people who will be a significant part of the audience at this event. Voter registration is a 501 c (3) activity which we engage in year round, including in non-election years.
This voter outreach work is unrelated to party affiliation. OutFront Minnesota works to encourage Minnesotans at workplaces, places of worship, concerts, farmers markets and other venues to vote and become politically engaged in the movement for GLBT equality year-round. If the Democratic National Convention were being held here, we would be doing the same work.
We reach out to people in all parties; as evidenced by the fact that we had bipartisan support for our legislative initiatives in 2007 and 2008. We work to educate all lawmakers on GLBT equality and we meet with lawmakers who are willing to meet with us.
OutFront Minnesota does outreach everywhere we can, at venues where we’re welcome. We’ve been invited and are participating in a Log Cabin Republican event during convention week to continue further our mission of encouraging elected officials and constituents to advocate boldly for GLBT equality.
We encourage your readers to view OutFront Minnesota’s statement on the RNC which states, in part, It is critical to engage fair-minded people of all political parties in the work of dismantling homophobia and heterosexism. We applaud those who work within the political party of their choice to advance policies favoring GLBT equality. No one political party has all the answers, and no one political party contributes alone to the problems.
Finally, OutFront Minnesota works with numerous nonpartisan organizations who, in turn, support GLBT equality as part of their own work.
GLBT is totally invisible in the description of the Ripple Event. It appears that the left treats gays like the crazy aunt in the attic. OutFront appears to have no objection to this.