Where’s the Queer? Aren’t we all in this together?

Posted: November 11, 2016 in Call to Action, Fight Back

My e-mail box has been overflowing all week from liberal progressive organizations all asking me to donate my hard earned cash to their cause. Fine and dandy I say, bring them on, the more ideas the merrier. But you know even some of the ones who are deemed to be radical among the liberal crowd are many times forgetting that queers are members of the targeted classes in amerikkka. Here is what I mean and I hope that the organizations will take offensive and change their ways. No one in any manner can be left out of this. We must remember that an injury to one is an injury to all and one thing the right wants is to split divide and injure us.

From the Campaign for America Future & Peoples Action comes this opening to their give me letter:

This is Trump’s plan for his first 100 days:

  • Take away health insurance from 20 million Americans.
  • Begin mass deportation of 11 million undocumented immigrants.
  • Nominate a Supreme Court justice who will vote to end legal abortion.
  • Pass new libel laws targeting critical journalists.
  • Enact national “stop-and-frisk” laws.
  • Prosecute and potentially jail Hillary Clinton

Trump may be reckless, but he means what he says. In January he will begin to act. His party controls both the House and the Senate, and will soon have control of the Supreme Court.

or how about this from a group that I have supported quite often Color of Change

“At Color Of Change PAC we’ve been outspoken about what was at stake in this election and the dangers of a Trump presidency – a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the continued roll back of the Voting Rights Act, cuts to the social safety net and an expansion of a mass incarceration pipeline that is already too full to withstand.”

Or this from a organization Team Presente Action that I have supported since it was founded:

“Today we email with heartbreak, love, and strength. We have seen the rift in our country for many years, and thought Trump may win, but hoped we were wrong. Trump won. Our disbelief and heartbreak is unhinging, yet we come to fight racism, sexism, and xenophobia for the long term with the vision of creating a beloved America.

Election Day was a sad day for everyone in the nation. But, the election results were most painful for our communities, we who have used our bodies, minds, hearts, and resources to fight racism, xenophobia, and sexism everyday. Our lives, and those of people of color and other targeted groups, will always endure the violence first and hardest.”

Even ANSWER forgot us this time around.  (this floors me as they are very supportive of all LGBTQ peoples)

“Progressive people from all over the country will be descending on Washington, D.C., on January 20, 2017, to stage a massive demonstration along Pennsylvania Avenue on Inauguration Day.

It is critically important that we keep building a larger grassroots movement against war, militarism, racism, anti-immigrant scapegoating and neoliberal capitalism’s assault against workers’ living standards and the environment.”

These are just four responses to this election and our response has to be until you include us then please no longer include me when you ask for money. 

You know folks this is how it is done. This is where I will put my hard earned cash:

In from Advocate for Youth

“On Tuesday, young voters overwhelmingly rejected the politics of fear — standing in defiance of hatred and violence.

Youth leaders are on the front line of the movements for reproductive rights, racial justice, immigration reform, and LGBT equality. They are tireless in their commitment to creating a better world, and they won’t tolerate bigotry. They won’t be stopped by these election results. They will be galvanized.”

and this from NDLON (National Day Laborer Organizing Network.

“Now more than ever before, we must draw upon the strength, resilience, and inspiration of all people who have fought to achieve equal rights.  We will draw strength from the day laborers who continue to demonstrate that a protected community is an organized one.  We have never been more proud to work alongside day laborers and our allies, and we have never had more faith in our collective ability to endure what unimaginable hate will soon be directed our way.  Over the years, we have assembled a durable network that has overcome tremendous adversity.  And while nobody can predict what is coming next, we write to let you know that we stand ready to deploy every resource we have to defend all targeted communities:  Immigrants, Refugees, Muslims, LGBTQ, Women and Black Lives.”

or this from Courage Campaign 

“Many of us are scared, especially those of us in immigrant, refugee, and Muslim communities, along with people of color, women, the LGBTQ community, and so many others. We must reject and be prepared to resist attacks on all of our communities, and commit to care for, look out for, and stand with one another.”

These are just six of the responses I have received. All are good organizations and all are organizations I will continue to be aware of and move on their requests when I feel it is appropriate. I learned a long time ago from one of my Lesbian mentors that its not so hard just to say LGBTQ. It is not so hard to include us. But it is when we are omitted or erased then there is a real problem.

Or this from our comrade Mara Keisling at the National Center for Transgender Equality

“Let me say what it would mean to live up to that. It would mean keeping in place the federal policy changes that have advanced the lives of transgender people. It would mean being on the side of trans children in their hopes of just going to school like other kids. It would mean speaking up for us as President Obama has in our ongoing conversation with America. And make no mistake: it would mean being anti-racist, pro-immigrant, pro-woman, pro-Muslim, pro-disability rights, and pro-worker. Trans people are all of these kinds of people. We are all these people he has denigrated.”

or from Comrade Jennicet Gutierrez of FAMLIA Trans Queer Liberation Movement

“Last night’s presidential election was another reminder that our black, brown, Muslim, and LGBTQ communities continue to be under attack. But let’s be honest, we knew that regardless of the results there was going to be a lot of work ahead for us all. Now, more than ever, we need to continue to organize our communities and build a movement that is truly committed to freeing and liberating every single one of us. You and your loved ones are not alone, we got your back!”

Remember when they ask for money make damn sure that they include our LGBTQ peoples. This is a must.

We will continue to support these campaigns that have forgotten to include our people. We will continue to publish their “Call Outs” as we know how important all of their work is. We learned many many years ago that our people, LGBTQ are here, there and everywhere so therefore all issues are our issues. Some are going to tell us this is not the time to speak out against anyone in these movements and we will answer bull. We will not be silent. Get your acts together and remember the words of Pastor Martin Niemoller which began, “When they came for—-and we remember if we omit anyone in our movement no matter how slight, even if it be just words we are playing into the hands of the right….Furbirdsqueerly, 11/11/2016