I'd just absorbed the "wait till 2017" message from HRC's Joe Solmonese and was at a poorly attended AIDS vigil Saturday night when I was asked by Reel Gay TV to speak my mind. Hence the anger. I was wrong to personalize this, but at some point the anger needs to be expressed. I'm not a politician and this video helps explain why. I should have let myself cool down before gabbing in front of a camera. I really do believe that many people working for and with HRC are good people and they do good work (Maine right now is one such example); and I should not have called anyone "self-loathing." HRC are not self-loathing; they're just, in my view, misguided in being too eager to please DNC power-brokers. Maybe it was the memory of my friends who died that got to me, but I've learned over the years that anger has its place; and a refusal to go along to get along has its place. The message I want to give is: reform HRC to make it more accountable and less coopted. Keep the pressure up. Keep their feet to the fire as much as any politician. Because they can so easily turn into politicians.
Nadia Lopez didn't think anybody cared about her middle school. Then Humans of New York told her story to the Internet—and everything changed.