Many people might not know his name, but Frank Vandersloot is about to be on the lips of many more people after Glenn Greenwald, a blogger and former lawyer who writes at Salon, published this article. You should click that link and read the whole thing.
You might ask yourself; what does this article have to do with gay rights? Well, as Glenn mentions (and as a matter of public record), Vandersloot once participated in a campaign against the “It’s Elementary” documentary aired on Idaho Public Television in 1999 because he believed it would “raise curiosities they (children) shouldn’t have at those ages” (children added for clarification about whom he was referring to). The quote from Vadersloot in that Spokesman-Review article clearly implies that being gay is a learned behavior; a position that is wholly unsurprising when we understand that Vandersloot is a devout Mormon. As Glenn also mentions in the article, Belinda Vandersloot (Frank’s wife) also contributed 100,000$ in support of Proposition 8.
So, I think it’s quite clear what the issue here is: Vandersloot is using his power and money to silence critics. Full stop. And many of those critics happen to be members of the LGBT community (Profiled in Glenn’s article is Jody May-Chang, an Idaho LGBT activist in Boise who is being targeted by Vandersloot and his team of lawyers for the “crime” of speaking out against Vandersloot’s views). That’s not okay. We shouldn’t allow those with wealth and power like Vandersloot to use it to silence those who disagree with the PUBLIC stances he has taken on relevant issues.
I’m asking that many publish this article, and link to Glenn’s article as well, in hopes that we can stand up to someone like Vandersloot and show solidarity to people Peter Zuckerman, the reporter who was outed by Vandersloot and faced hell for it; May-Chang who is currently receiving emails and phone calls threatening her to take down information that is public and not in any way defamatory. You have a right to pursue your own policy preferences if you wish Mr. Vandersloot, but you don’t have a right to escape public criticism for the stances you take.