Meanwhile, across in Raleigh, NC, there was the Human Rights Campaign Soiree at the Raleigh Convention Center. It is the second largest gathering in the HRC statewide campaigns, combining NC and SC.
Pam from Pam's House Blend was there, and I thought she had a great point about the gathering which she attended (along with Mandy Carter):
while money is the base of support any organization needs, in the case of LGBT rights in NC, we have a serious disconnect -- these wingnuts in our legislature don't think they really have a significant amount of LGBT constituents because they don't see/hear them. They don't know how much financial clout is out there. They only seem to have a vague notion, like pathetic Sen. James Forrester, who had an epic bigot eruption the other day, that something is amiss.
"The (state) Senate is as liberal as I've ever seen it," Forrester said at the monthly meeting of the Iredell County Young Republicans on Tuesday night in Mooresville. "Slick city lawyers and homosexual lobbies and African American lobbies are running Raleigh," Forrester added.As long as we are nameless and faceless "lobbies," it's easy to ignore or oppose state anti-discrimination legislation, since they are far more likely to hear from fundies than LGBT North Carolinians. We have to change that somehow.