It pretty constantly enrages me that there’s been a HUGE amount of pushback from the community re: focusing on gay marriage instead of issues like homeless Queer (young) people, or healthcare for aging AIDs patients, or rights and protections for trans people, or the million other things that could be being brought to the front of the movement.
But then I remember that the mainstream LGBT movement is spearheaded by mostly affluent white cis gay men and I should have seen this plot twist coming.
#i mean YES#you should have the freedom to marry who you choose#and that should be a no brainer#but so should things like food and shelter for teens denied those things by their caregivers because of who they are#and food and shelter for people who sometimes have to choose between that or staying alive#or who just dont have the best information about their situation#and the continuing stigma about aids#and +/- relationships#and ‘barebacking’ OMFG#and inclusion of minorities within the community like bisexuals and asexuals and trans and non binary people#like#the fact that gay marriage has been the ONLY(lbr here. the ONLY) talking point of the gay movement for like what#SEVEN YEARS???#is sad and embarrassing#and capitalism is disgusting#capitalism you disgust me#queer nation#lgbtq posts (via im-the-punk-who)
There are so many things that bother me with the mainstream LGBTQA+ movement, and mostly all of them are mentioned above AND IM GONNA GO ON A RANT RN because what bugs me, what really bugs me, is that the power of conversation in the community is almost nearly always bestowed upon people like Dan Savage - who is a notorious transphobe and biphobe - or Ryan Murphy, who again is not only a prick, but a misogynistic one at that, a biphobe, and a lesbiphobe, because they are both visible, white, able bodied, successful, and have the power to present our community to the world at large in a way that makes it easy for heterosexuals to identify/sympathize/participate in?
I’m not saying the It Gets Better movement hasn’t done some good, but… suicides, bullying, harassment, hate crimes are still happening and I don’t see the community yelling for a stronger laws to punish those who persecute queer youth for who they are? You can tell me it gets better all you want but if you’re a 15 year old queer kid from bumfuck nowhere who gets beaten every other day of high school, it doesn’t do squat. How about we focus on raising money to build better queer youth shelters, halfway homes; campaign to fund and GED programs for homeless queer youth who couldn’t finish high school because they were kicked out by their parents, HIV and AIDS awareness and easily accessible treatments and clinics; fight to have LGBTQA+ safe spaces mandatory in schools; campaign to get medical insurances across the board to include hormone treatments, fight to deconstruct the ridiculous red tape and bullshit you have to go through to change your name; address discrimination in the workplace for trans* non-binary and queer people of color and anyone who doesn’t pass the heterosexual standard of “look we are just like you we are non threatening we want a family and 2.5 kids and a white picket fence” gays?
I remember one of the crowning moments of my formative years was to watch Michael in Queer As Folk give a speech on diversity, after a bomb went off at Babylon and nearly killed him. “Do we have to have all the same lives to have the same rights?”
As a community we have a duty to include everyone who identifies as queer and it is our duty to educate ourselves on everyone’s issues and push for everyone’s right to a better life and a place in this world, not just the one pertaining to our little bubble and especially not just the ones that the mainstream Gay Rights movement focuses on.