At a book salon hosted by Donald Hitchcock and Paul Yandura, Juan Ahonen-Jover, Ph.D., discussed his book, “The Gay Agenda 2012: All Out.” Juan has written an interesting book with some theories that will gain the support of many activists while not necessarily finding favor with the leaders of the more prominent LGBT organizations.
Juan talked about his ideas with regard to where the LGBT community needs to go from here and then opened the floor to a broader discussion. There were about 30 or so LGBT advocates in the room and one of the more interesting issues that arose was whether or not the LGBT community should be taking what some referred to as “dirty money” for marriage equality campaigns. It was an interesting discussion and as is often the case with such a touchy issue people’s opinions were all over the map.
The people who used the term “dirty money” were talking about money and support that comes from individuals like Ken Mehlman, Ted Olson (who coached Paul Ryan in his debate prep) and Paul Singer.