Sunday, January 20, 2008

Did Dems Discriminate?

Why simply critique the idiocy of the Republican Party, especially when the Dems allegedly dumped an outreach organizer who's gay?

Donald Hitchcock (left in photo) was fired May 2 as the Democratic Party's gay outreach adviser. His partner, Paul Yandura (rt), said the move was in retaliation for a letter Yandura wrote accusing DNC Chair Howard Dean of failing to take adequate steps to defend gay rights.

The former director of LGBT outreach at the Democratic National Committee is suing the party and three high level employees for discrimination by sexual orientation, retaliation and defamation.

Donald Hitchcock was fired last year after his partner, former Clinton administration official Paul Yandura, criticized the party for not doing enough on LGBT issues, particularly state marriage ban amendments. Yandura claims that the party viewed gays as primarily a source of donations.

Hitchcock, who worked for the DNC from June 2005 to May 2, 2006, says the party violated the D.C. Human Rights Act, which bars employment discrimination by sexual orientation. He says that besides firing him, they paid him less than non-gay employees doing similar work, and made false public statements that he was not doing his job.

He sued the DNC, its chair Howard Dean, its openly gay treasurer Andy Tobias, and deputy finance director Julie Tagen in District of Columbia Superior Court on May 1.

The defendants answered the complaint May 31, denying all the allegations.

The Washington Blade's got the story.

Queerty has an expansive post with all the players in this little drama.

Here's a short version from Gay Peoples Chronicle.

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