"Organizing gays politically is like herding cats. Everyone has a personal agenda, and will refuse to cooperate with a national agenda."
Vespa, you may call that realistic, I call it sadly pessimistic.
It also denies the achievements of some remarkable people. I think of Tom Stoddard, co-founder of Lambda Legal Defense, who was a great hero of mine. I know many active gay people around the country who are not exactly "activists" - not staging sit-ins, but holding confabs, raising money, defending people fired from jobs, running defense of gays discharged from the military, running, for years, service organizations for PWAs, writing letters to editors and corporate boards ...
An agenda? No, I laugh when I hear that tossed out, too. But I know personally too many people who have worked hard, sacrificed and won important battles to be so despairing.
We are NOT united by income, color, religion ... we are, then, destined to use our individual powers as much as our organizing ones. So, my advice to one and all is, do it. Get in the habit of writing your representatives, both national and statewide - and local. Write your papers. Write your local radio and TV stations, call in to shows.
Work for what you want the way you work for those biceps! NO PAIN ... no change.