The public relations debacle that started with the Human Rights Campaign’s Comedy Rally for Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell starring Kathy Griffin and ended with highly-paid HRC Director Joe Solmonese being named one of Washington’s best dressed may have claimed its first victim: Brad Luna.
At close of business, Friday, HRC’s Director of Communications left for good. “The position was eliminated,” says John Green, HRC’s director of human resources, who is unclear who will be performing Luna’s duties. “We will determine what positions will come out of that.”
For the last week, Luna had been ducking questions about what Lt. Choi was told about the nature of the rally, and HRC’s plans regarding Choi, while buzzing up a flurry of sudden activity criticizing Choi’s action and trying to raise funds to fight Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
Today, HRC’s deputy communications director acting in Luna’s place has taken the direct approach. HRC simply will not answer questions about it. They will neither confirm nor deny that GetEqual‘s Robin McGehee was told Choi couldn’t speak because he hadn’t signed a release that would give Griffin’s production company intellectual property rights to his speech. They’ll say nothing further about any support they’ll offer Choi, pointing to a statement on their blog which attendees at the rally report is “utterly untrue.”
Its been 41 years since the civil disobedience of the Stonewall Riot started the modern gay movement. HRC came along 11 years later. In their 30 years, they’ve been able to redefine Stonewall to be nothing more than a verb.