We have been reading more and more about pats on the back, giving a big cheer for some of our people, celebrating folks, honoring folks lately, that we are wondering just who is doing the honoring and who is getting honored? Who is being accepted into straight society and who is not? Are they rich, are they white, are they beautiful? Do they smell good, fresh as a daisy? Do they sing a good straight song? Can they pass? How well can they ape hetro society? From their wealth how much have they given out? To who? For what? How privileged are these folks? How much are they willing to accept straight societies call, “Someday it won’t matter if a person is LGBT,”or try on this for size: “The goal is to reach a point where we stop talking about equality, rights and discrimination like this because we don’t have to.” Good luck as we move backwards.
These points we believe come from a straight perspective, a perspective of excusing oneself, a perspective of not knowing anything about ones culture, its story and the making of a people. We know as well as the next gal that we can never stop talking about equality, rights and discrimination. As soon as we do the shit is going to hit the fan. As long as we allow this system to continue to operate then there will always be some of us on the bottom. Many of us who seek our rights will still have to speak out against discrimination and a host of other injustices that this system heaves on us and other folks. Let us be clear here, if we give a damn about others who are oppressed then we will have to speak up and fight with them, in a united front, on any road they chose to go. If we do not then we have failed, we have failed the very soul of our movement and we have slapped the faces of our elders and all of those who have gone before us.
Equality. We say fuck equality, we want liberation. Why would we want to be equal to this filthy rotten system or any of the folks that uphold it? Gays and lesbians are the most likely to be targeted by the very system that they fall over themselves to affirm and strengthen. So much of the gay and lesbian movement seems to echo the rhetoric of the mainstream establishment. Our brothers and sisters who are LGBT especially a person of color, young or Trans are more likely to come into contact with the criminal justice system. A history of bias, abuse and profiling toward LGBT people by law enforcement has contributed to disproportionate contacts with the justice system. Our people who are poor are likely to end up behind bars, where they are treated unfairly, abused by other prisoners and guards and in many cases kept in solidarity confinement.
Stigma in society, and especially in the workplace for the working poor puts many of us at an increased risk of unemployment, homelessness and involvement in survival economies like drugs and prostitution. This is why many of us work to ban the box on employment applications. This still is a struggle to get employers to give people another chance. We know that those of privilege will never understand this, hell they can’t and don’t even understand what many of us in the working class face from bosses and folks just like them. One day Emma had a discussion with a couple of comfortable class folks, “What do you mean if you don’t work you don’t get paid?” What, come on now everyone has paid holidays, paid days off, their birthday with pay.” No honey we don’t get all those little goodies that you get. Paid vacations, forget it the company I work for just got rid of them. No we don’t get paid vacations. Talk about a gulf, between us all. That is just one small part of it all. Just one small part of our lives.
Within our own community we all know there is a strong caste system. Its not like it use to be when we all were naked and one couldn’t tell the banker from the baker. The other day we got an e-mail alert that read: “Join us for an inside look at how GLAD is working on critical LGBTQ issues in Connecticut, New England, and the nation – and hear how you can make a difference.” So we thought great now we just have to round up the $75.00 for one ticket or if we really want our names up in lights a mere $300.00 bucks to be a sponsor. Yeah, we know GLAD does good things for good people but the list of those who are hosts and sponsors reads like the GAY INC of Connecticut. The moneyed class. The famous class. The folks in the know. Those everyone wants to be like or at least rub elbows with. Okay we will say, they do fight within the frame work of LGBT, they are honoring an out gay man who perhaps will be running for governor on the democrat ticket (got us on that one) and believe that via the system, via the democrat party all their dreams of being just like straight folks will be realized. Except of course what they do in bed. Ah, always that sticking point, except what you do as the wild thing in your bed. Oh wait, just a second buddy, these folks are holding their little GAYINC get together at the edge of the ghetto. Score them one point. A inside look be damned. Maybe us poor folks who are affected by the decisions that the fabulous folks make should go and peek in the windows at their party. Peek in at the insiders. We will tell you one thing we will not be kidnapped by the power elites.
“I don’t want equal rights anymore,” “I want the whole system destroyed, but you know, that really doesn’t sell T-shirts.” or a place at the dinner party or love in a democrats heart, more friends on facebook or a comrade in the GAYINC network.
Our goal is liberation always has been since the first time we came out so many many years ago. Not equality. Liberation that begins with a radical fight for justice against the Capitalist system and any system that oppresses and divides us. Our daily lives must be ones of taking action against this system not joining it. We identify outside of the heterosexual and strict gender boundaries. We can not for any reason be tempted into joining with the folks within GAYINC no matter what comes down the road from the outside. These are not really our friends. How can they be. They represent what we must rebel against and our sexuality is not enough to hold us together. They represent that hugging the system type of guys and gals. The get us a place at the table. All the while propping up the criminal class and when they do so they become one. Their face to their face all face a disgrace.
Let’s hear a wonderful song called Rich White and Gay.
Now we are in for some heavy shit, hope you make the most of it.
“Corporate America runs the LGBT movement, or at least the part of the LGBT movement that gets press time and donors. Their sponsorship keeps the LGBT movement from addressing the issues that matter most for the LGBT community and beyond.
Stephen Thrasher highlights that many of the biggest donors to the Human Rights Campaign, the multi-million dollar nonprofit that receives the bulk of donations for LGBT issues, are drone manufacturers. These donors profit off of the United States’ use of drones to kill civilians, including children, with little oversight or accountability. Drone manufacturers are far from the only ethically dark gray to black donors to LGBT advocacy organizations: a brief perusal of any major LGBT organization’s list of donors reveals that corporate black hats like Bank of America, BP, Coke, and Nike all provide major cash to LGBT nonprofits.”
or this: “there is something antithetical about a movement for equality and justice funded by the forces in the world most responsible for widespread economic and social inequality.”
To read more in the article Human Rights Campaign: Largest LGBT Donors are Drone Manufactures. Read it and weep at what we have become. Yeah read it and be glad you are equal.