It's the Human Rights Campaign's way or the highway, I guess. Say you're a hairdresser club who wants to make it OK for hairdressers to serve in the military. Well, too bad, because it turns out the the HRC folks are going to Capitol Hill and saying, "Don't do that, because we want to work on hate crimes legislation right now."
So, in other words, hairdresser orgs? Don't work on anything the HRC doesn't want to work on right now, because they just might lobby against you.
Pony Pal™ Joemygod heard about this and asked them about it. They said Nuh-uh, that's not true, but then Michelangelo Signorile is all, totally, ORLY? Because that's what I heard, too.
So anyway, if you're not working on the HRC's schedule, you might be totally wasting your time. But, to be fair, on the other hand, if you DO work on what the HRC wants you to work on when they want to work on it, there's always a chance they'll throw you a cocktail party, so there is that. The important thing to remember is that their priorities are your priorities.