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Equality At A Price? New Survey Shows How Much LGBT Organization Leaders Make

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Ever wonder how much the head of your favorite LGBT organization makes?

There’s no doubt the LGBT community has made historic advances in an historically short amount of time. Markers in time – like Stonewall, and Prop 8 – help us tell a story, but every LGBT person’s own story has helped move us forward. A huge grassroots movement has contributed vastly to LGBT equality, but so have the LGBT organizations (not to mention our allies) that act on our behalf. 

But at what price comes equality? It’s no secret some LGBT orgs seem to draw the ire of many in the community, and others are unquestionably respected and revered. Does it have to do with the leaders at the top? Or the missions they choose? Or how they choose to achieve their missions? 

Bottom line, is what the heads of our LGBT organizations make fair?

The Washington Blade today published a survey, culled primarily from publicly available tax documents, of annual compensation given to the heads of 42 of the nation’s largest or most-prominent LGBT orgs.

They also included each organization’s revenue, and the percent of revenue that CEO receives in total compensation.

Is HRC’s Chad Griffin the highest paid? No. Although at $429,411, he’s close. But he runs the nation’s largest LGBT group. Washington, D.C.’s Food & Friends works to “foster a community caring for men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-challenging illnesses by preparing and delivering specialized meals and groceries in conjunction with nutrition counseling.” Should their executive director make $433,896? 

Questions like these are answered by boards of directors, but they’re important to ask.

Those compensation packages are at the high end of the scale. At the lower end, heads of groups like New York’s Empire State Pride Agenda, It Gets Better, and NoH8, And there are groups like GetEQUAL where numbers are not available, and LA Pride’s Rodney Scott, who receives no compensation. 

The report looks at compensation and revenue from 2013, and it’s important to note that several of these LGBT leaders have moved on.

The Blade shares an important gauge to put these salaries in perspective.

“Two national watchdog organizations that monitor salaries and other financial information of nonprofit groups – Guidestar and Charity Navigator – have released studies showing that the salaries of the heads of the LGBT and AIDS groups surveyed by the Blade are generally similar to the compensation of the heads of other nonprofit organizations with comparable annual revenue and staff size.”

And they add:

“We know that many donors continue to be concerned by what they believe to be excessive charity CEO pay,” Charity Navigator states in the introduction to its 2014 Charity CEO Compensation Study. “But well-meaning donors sometimes fail to consider that these CEOs are typically running multi-million dollar operations that endeavor to help change the world.”

 

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Georgia Republicans Push Bill Banning All Government Mandates of ‘Any Vaccination’ Including in Public Schools

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Georgia Senate Republicans are pushing a bill that would end any requirements for any vaccinations by any state or local government agency or office in the Peach State, including vaccines for children entering public school.

The bill also bans any government agency from requiring private companies or entities from requiring any proof of any vaccination.

The bill, SB 345, was filed on January 14 with five original co-sponsors. It now has 17, including state Senator Jeff Mullis, whose campaign website prominently features photos of him with former Vice President Mike Pence, and former President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr.

“No agency shall require proof of any vaccination of any person as a condition of providing any service or access to any facility, issuing any license, permit, or other type of authorization, or performing any duty of such agency,” the bill’s text reads in part.

Georgia State Law law professor Anthony Michael Kreis posted Georgia’s school vaccine requirements, suggesting those would be optional were the bill to become law.

The CDC recommends a list of about 17 different vaccines children should have before entering school. The list includes inoculations against diseases, often deadly, including Hepatitis B, Rotavirus, Diphtheria, tetanus, & acellular pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae type b, Pneumococcal conjugate, Inactivated poliovirus, Influenza, Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), Varicella, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, diphtheria, & acellular pertussis, Human papillomavirus, Meningococcal, Meningococcal B, and Pneumococcal polysaccharide.

 

 

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It was not a good day for Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy. First, Press Secretary Jen Psaki was clearly irked by his line of questioning as he tried to make news by framing a rise in crime as something the Biden administration has ignored, despite Fox News promoting Second Amendment “activists” and doing its best to oppose efforts to reduce poverty and efforts to counter societal ills.

Later, after the close of President Biden’s Competitiveness Council meeting, reporters continued to shout questions at the President. Among them Peter Doocy, who carelessly asked the President if rising inflation was a “liability” for the midterm elections.

“It’s a great asset – more inflation. What a stupid son of a bitch,” President Biden appeared to say sarcastically.

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Democratic Congressman Says Tucker Carlson’s Viewers ‘Upset We’re Not Siding With Russia’

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“My office is now getting calls from folks who say they watch Tucker Carlson and are upset that we’re not siding with Russia in its threats to invade Ukraine, and who want me to support Russia’s ‘reasonable’ positions,” writes Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ).

For nearly three years during the Obama administration, Malinowski served as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. He now sits on the House’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, Committee on Homeland Security, and Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism.

For years Tucker Carlson has been advancing Russian propaganda, as he did here in November of 2019, only to be forced to walk back his comments later that same evening.

U.S. Naval War College professor Tom Nichols weighed in on Rep. Malinowski’s remarks, observing “Republicans are the Russia Party now.”

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Propaganda and political warfare historian  and former NATO civilian official Mark R. Jacobson adds: “This is exactly how Russian disinformation/subversion works – they put out a talking point to advance their foreign policy goals & a set of perfidious pundits parrot the point.”

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