Former Komen CEO Nancy Brinker Turns to a New Cause: Gay Rights

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If one person can be said to be responsible for the inexplicable requirement that professional football players don pink gloves and shoes, it's Nancy Brinker. Through the Dallas-based Susan G. Komen Foundation, she's managed, not quite single-handedly but almost, to turn the fight against breast cancer into a global cause celebre.

Then came the organization's poorly considered decision to cut funding to Planned Parenthood. Komen marches on, but the fallout damaged its reputation and eventually led Brinker to resign as CEO.

Brinker remains involved in the nonprofit, but the extra free time has allowed her to turn her attention to other projects. The Washington Post reports:

Now that things have settled down, mother and son turned in a new direction Thursday when they hosted a reception for Lambda Legal at Brinker's Georgetown home. The gay-rights group is celebrating its 40th anniversary and preparing for Supreme Court arguments on same-sex marriage this spring.

It may look like a bit of PR-savvy outreach to liberals turned off by Komen's actions. But it's also another cause genuinely close to Nancy Brinker's heart: Eric, 37, is gay and talking publicly about it for the first time.

"Having the most supportive mom in the world, I didn't have to twist her arm very hard to get her involved," he told us. He said his sexuality has never been a issue for his family, so "it's very sad to us when we hear stories of people whose parents reject them."

Raising money to expand gay rights certainly won't hurt her public image, but her support for the cause seems genuine enough.

"Basically, I believe in solid, committed family structures," Brinker told the Post. "And family today doesn't necessarily look like what we grew up with in the '50s."


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bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

GOOD people don't issue press releases announcing their charity work.  They just do it without asking for anything in return.

This is like when Paul Ryan did publicity shots of him was washing dishes at a charity shelter that wasn't actually operating at the time.

It's like when Romney bought canned goods for his staff to "donate" at a so-called "charity" event - items that it turned out, nobody needed anyway.

Doing fake charity work has become a signature characteristic of the Republicans.

ResistanceIsOhm
ResistanceIsOhm

i think she just wants an excuse to keep wearing pink...

ladygaga
ladygaga

So she's in favor of my gay rights, but doesn't give a rats ass about my sisters right to choose her own destiny in regards to reproductive rights. PR bullshit! She's a big player in the Republican party. Sounds like she's trying to help them divide gay men and heterosexual women, who normally cast the same vote for reproductive and gay rights. The Republican party is already going after the conservative Hispanic anti-choice vote. Don't fall for it people. They don't give a shit about any of us.  Even though she looks like a drag queen, NO to Black Tie. It's an insult to assume our need to be liked is stronger than sticking with women voters, who have stuck by us. We don't need her damn money. 

PatrickWilliams
PatrickWilliams moderator

@keepcensoringdo:  First off, it's not censoring if we delete some troll's idiocy. It's editing. We can do that. We have done that. We're not the government, so your free speech rights are not involved. That's a huge difference that we could try to explain to keepcensoring, but let's face it. He would not get it.

I would have deleted this and banned this loser, but you guys responded rationally before I saw the comment, so ... sigh ... it stays, I guess. Besides, trying to stay ahead of the pitiful shithead cowards who hide behind anonymity to spew their sad ignorance at the world is like battling the tide.We'll do it when we can occasionally, but some fool is always going to slip through the net. Why they bother is between them and the therapist they need so badly to see.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Maybe, Black Tie can have her as "speaker of the year now".

keepcensoringDO
keepcensoringDO

She needs to keep her checks coming in. Plenty of fags coming out will buy into it. 

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

Instead of meeting with Lambda Legal in Georgetown  Maybe she could host a reception with some of the rabidly anti gay folks in her own Social Circle  in TEXAS .


keepcensoringDO
keepcensoringDO

@bvckvs As opposed to not even bothering to pretend like lefties who are stingy and selfish people just looking for a handout.

keepcensoringDO
keepcensoringDO

@PatrickWilliams It doesn't need to be the government for it to be censorship. Nor does it need to have anything to do with free speech. You routinely delete comments based entirely on the fact you disagree with what is stated. That is censorship.

I'd expect a journalist to know this, but I guess I am in the wrong place if I am expecting journalism. 

Brian Nesbitt
Brian Nesbitt

@keepcensoringDO Seriously DO?  First off, you are an offensive prick.  Second, why doesn't the Observer delete comments with language like fag in it?  Would it be equally ok if DO called someone a nigger?  

steve_squared
steve_squared

@oakclifftownie great idea! would that be a reception best held/accepted in rural, or urban, Texas?

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@keepcensoringDO @bvckvs  - So, Republicans think that defrauding charities is OK because desperate people deserve to suffer.

You don't get much more Republican than that.

keepcensoringDO
keepcensoringDO

@TheCredibleHulk @keepcensoringDO So what's your point? Seems like you are trying to say it's bad for men to desire other men or something?  Basically you are trying to insult me by saying I am gay, right? That seems rather bigoted of you. 

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@Brian Nesbitt @keepcensoringDO That's the problem with the First amendment, people are going to say things other people find offensive.  As distasteful as KCDO's comments usually are, I applaud the Observer for letting them stand.  As with the second amendment, allowing any limitation or restriction on the first amendment is voluntarily submitting to subjugation and slavery.

Maybe freedom isn't your cup of tea?  Freedom is for the mature of mind and thick of skin.  Here's an idea for you to try, don't wait for the government or the Observer to protect you from all those things you find distasteful.  You can do it yourself.  Don't like the comments on the Observer boards, stop reading them.  Don't like something you hear in a rap song, stop listening to it. etc etc.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@keepcensoringDO @TheCredibleHulk 

Was that insulting to you? Seems like you need a thicker skin, kcDO.

Merely an observation, you're the one that connected those dots. I cannot insult you, only you can choose to be insulted or not. 

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@keepcensoringDO @TheCredibleHulk 

You're really reaching, now. How on earth did you interpret that as me saying it's a bad thing for men to desire men?


It is neither good nor bad, it's simply a fact of life.

keepcensoringDO
keepcensoringDO

@RTGolden1 @DMZ3 Writing "horse fucker" is what passes for "rapier sharp wit" to the commentators on here. Most of which I am convinced are autistic. 

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@DMZ3 You're correct, of course, Constitutional rights don't apply in this situation.  However, the principles behind those rights are as important to a medium such as this as they are in the political arena.  Besides the trolls on here give contributors with substance a fine stone to grind their blade on, keeping wits rapier sharp.

DMZ3
DMZ3

@RTGolden1 @Brian Nesbitt @keepcensoringDO The First and Second Amendments don't apply to private organizations, though. The Dallas Observer can censor whatever comments they like on their own forums. Maybe they shouldn't, but it's very easy for a few hateful trolls to completely take over and ruin a comments section for everyone if they're not stamped out quickly.

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