Finally found time to listen to the BBC HARDTalk interview with Ruth Hunt, the outgoing Chief Executive of Stonewall UK.
Hunt, 39, is a Catholic lesbian and Oxford University graduate who was promoted to head Stonewall after the org achieved its goals of legal equality for lesbians and gays. She had previously served under various titles at Stonewall for over a decade, her entire professional career, having never held another job.
Stonewall (like most western gay rights orgs following the success of equality in military service, adoption, marriage) was faced with the challenging prospect of expanding their advocacy internationally to address remaining areas of criminality of homosexuality worldwide, particularly in Islamic theocracies. Like most gay rights groups little of Stonewall’s activism has ever been directed internationally and their positions have often been seen by their constituents as ill-conceived and controversial.
Facing a decline in financial support caused by their obsolescence and ill-equipped to navigate the complexities of international campaigns, members of gay rights groups who (like Ruth Hunt) resisted employment in the public sector sought to maintain the economic and political infrastructure created by the gay rights movement by selling it out to the highest bidder, in this case and every other, the interests of moneyed heterosexual white males.
In this interview Ruth Hunt talks about how support for the former gay rights organization exploded from private and corporate donors when Stonewall’s mission changed from supporting gay rights to serving the interests of those who object to homosexuality, who want to outlaw its expression, and who lobby to sterilize children who show signs that they might grow up to be gay. She considers this a huge success.
It’s interesting to hear the tap-dance of an unemployable lesbian grifter who makes a six figure salary redirecting the infrastructure of a formerly gay rights organization to represent the interests of wealthy homophobes who consider lesbianism a form of discrimination against men and who advocate for chemical castration of pre-pubertal of children who might be gay.
Listen for yourself: