HRC: Corrupt CEOs Are Not Spokespeople for Equality, Drop Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein
  • Petitioned Joe Solmonese

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HRC: Corrupt CEOs Are Not Spokespeople for Equality, Drop Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein

    1. Janine "Jay" Carmona
    2. Petition by

      Janine "Jay" Carmona

      Washington, DC

The Human Rights Campaign’s Mission Statement: "By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all." We, the LGBTQ people and allies who HRC purports to represent, believe the selection of Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein as the first “national corporate spokesman for same-sex marriage” and recipient of the HRC Workplace for Equality Innovation Award is not in line with this mission, nor in the best interest of HRC’s constituency and our community’s supporters.

A few facts about Mr. Blankfein and Goldman:

1. Mr. Blankfein admitted to stealing money, lots of money, from Goldman Sachs customers.

2. Workers in many states are currently suing Goldman Sachs for stealing their pensions.

3. A U.S. Senate subcommittee has recommended perjury charges be filed against Mr. Blankfein himself.

4. The same subcommittee laid “much of the blame” for the financial crisis on Goldman Sachs and other firms that sold securities.

4. In 2007, the worst year of the financial crisis, Mr. Blankfein took home $53 million in compensation.

HRC’s decision to elevate Mr. Balnkfein to the stature of “true advocate for equality and fairness” ignores his record and self-admitted crimes against humanity. While HRC may be out of touch and unconcerned with the financial crisis, its constituents and supporters are all too familiar, enduring daily the tremendous consequences of his leadership. A strong sense of integrity and justice must rise above a single issue, and empower us to do better and be better. Elevating this man to absolve him of his past is neither just nor right. A marriage equality victory must be the result of justice, not ignoring injustice.

As constituents and LGBTQ supporters, we ask HRC to stand with us, to stand against the exploitation of the less fortunate, and stand for those suffering at the hands of criminals. We urge HRC to make decisions that support their mission statement of “equality and fairness for all.” Officially, we sincerely request that HRC rescind their Workplace for Equality Innovation Award and revoke Mr. Balnkfein’s title as “national spokesperson for same-sex marriage.”

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    • John Dean Domingue SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm signing because it's foolish to consider any so-called "gay rights" organization a single-issue organization. Queers are hurt just as much or more by the wicked dealings of Goldman Sachs, so you are hurting queers by honoring this company or its CEO. You have no right to claim to represent the queers of our country.

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    • suzanne warren LOS ANGELES, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      it's outrageous that HRC would allow themselves to be used in this way by Blankfein to help mend his horrendous public image. i will not support any organisation that has any positive association with Mr. Blankfein. He should be in jail.

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    • Pamela Kandt CASPER, WY
      • over 2 years ago

      Why would someone who clearly does not believe in real Equality, Fairness, Decency or Integrity be chosen to speak on behalf of the cause of Equality for ALL? HRC, beware: You are quickly becoming irrelevant to this movement. You are no longer worthy of anyone's hard-earned money.

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    • Samantha Ames WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      I believe HRC has an important role in this movement, but I also believe they can play that role better. The CEO of Goldman Sachs does not represent my concerns as a queer person. To make someone who profits from the income inequality ravaging our nation the spokesperson for marriage equality is simply nonsensical. I'm not fighting for a spot on the unweighted half of a tipped scale. I'm fighting for equality. Join me in asking that HRC do the same.

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    • Walter Sullivan PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      Rich powerful people want to do good things. I bet Lloyd Blankfein is genuine in his support for LGBT people. I am sure he is a major donor to the cause. But he has a lot of work to do in his own back yard. He needs to get right with the people first and HRC needs to let him know that clearly and firmly.

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