I thought one of the cool parts about being gay was that I didn’t have to adhere to all these oppressive norms that heterosexuals have to live under but nope these gay white males are coming in talking about “gay at home dad!” “promiscuity in our community has got to stop!” and “be masculine stop acting like a female!” like what the fuck the drag queens at Stonewall did not throw their pumps at the police for this shit.
Religious freedom my ass. “But the institution of marriage is sacred!” Yeah, well, the Native Americans thought their land was sacred, and yet…
Let me begin by saying I don’t hate straight people. I really don’t. I have straight friends. I just wish that straight people weren’t always trying to shove their lifestyle down our throats, do you know what I mean?
If I remember correctly Adam and Eve had two sons and one killed the other so that’s straight parenting in action for you.
On gay characters in gay films
I’m noticing a trend in underground and independent films with predominantly gay themes and subjects: our gay characters are flat and one-dimensional.
Now, when I say “gay characters,” I’m really talking about gay male protagonists. I’m a big fan of queer cinema, and based on some of the recent underground films I’ve seen, I actually think lesbian, bisexual, and trans* protagonists have largely avoided the stunted character development that seems to be plaguing films that focus on gay males.
I keep running into gay protagonists that are nice, family oriented, hardworking guys who just want to “fit in” to society and raise a family in peace. They, for the most part, are human manifestations of the argument that “gay guys are just like everyone else! They’re not so different from you. They espouse family values and they really just want to get married like straight couples.”
I don’t think that argument is all the way invalid, though I think it does smack heavily of queer assimilation. Some gay guys really do just want to settle down and live a life that more or less mirrors that of a Southern Baptist straight couple except with two dudes instead of a man and a woman. But that’s not the subject at hand here. What I’m saying is that the mainstream gay rights movement, a movement that seems to be almost entirely focused on gay men being able to get married, is killing interesting gay characters in film.
Can We Agree to Disagree?
I just don’t understand people who say, “don’t let politics get so personal! We can disagree without being disagreeable.”
Like… what the fuck do you even mean by that?
Maybe it’s just because I live in Oklahoma where they tried to reinstate DADT for the National Guard, declared that personhood begins the moment a sperm touches an egg, and banned Sharia law even though we have more cows than practicing Muslims, but I still feel like I need to get this point across.
Here’s a sobering dose of reality for all you “can’t we all just get along” folks - politics get personal.
Anti-Gay Bullying: My Experience
I held the gun up to the side of my head and took a look at myself in the mirror. It felt awkward in my hand - it was a lot heavier than I had expected it to be and I was struggling to hold it steady. Or maybe I was trembling. Either way, the heaviness was a good thing. It was the weight of the choice I had to make, and it certainly felt like the power of life and death was in my hand.
A secular gay’s thoughts on Christianity
Because I am a gay rights activist, and because I am gay, people often assume I am an atheist. If I am arguing with a Christian over gay rights, they will oftentimes casually refer to me as a “non-believer” before it is ever established what I do or do not believe. And I don’t usually bother to correct them either.
My Final Rant on Chick-Fil-A
My original intent for this article was to write a thoughtful analysis of the craziness that was Chick-Fil-A appreciation day. But nope. You will get none of that from me. Because I am frustrated, very frustrated, with how this all went down.
“Gay Rights Advocates will Bring About the Next Holocaust
WorldNetDaily columnist and regular Fox News guest Erik Rush warns that the protests against Chick-fil-A by gay rights advocates represent a reappearance of the Nazi Party’s tactics against Germany’s Jewish population. He said the left wants to use the issue of gay rights to distract from economic problems, turning Christians into scapegoats that are targeted for extermination: “the goal here is absolute power, the primary objective to supplant God with government. To achieve this, religious doctrine must be eradicated, and the chief impediment to that is Christianity.”
He claims that homosexuality is a tool to grow the size of government, arguing that “replacing normalcy with deviance and morality with immorality are simply methods toward disenfranchising Christians, resulting in the convenient byproduct of a populace that is governed by its basest instincts – and thus easily controlled. As we have seen, such populations become willing to tolerate – and even participate in – all manner of atrocities.” “It began with a boycott of their businesses” Rush writes, “and the rest is history.”
h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW
LGBT vs. Conservative Christians: Two sides of the same coin?
The LGBT community and the Christian conservative community are not two sides of the same coin with extremes that are just as bad as the other. When an LGBT activist and a Christian conservative “agree to disagree,” they walk away from the argument with the status quo unchanged. This is a status quo undeniably, irreconcilably, and ridiculously tilted in favor of the religious person.
Because religious people enjoy rights that an LGBT does not. All kinds of rights. They literally take it as persecution when they are not allowed to control things using their religion as a foundation for law. Also, mischaracterization of LGBT people and Christians does occur - but let’s dig deeper into that, because those are not equivalents either. Mischaracterization of a Christian may manifest itself into being called a “bigot” or a funny cartoon in The Onion. Mischaracterization of a gay person may result in accusations of pedofilia, “sinful” behavior, and even death/hate crimes.
So what bothers me the most about this argument of false equivalency is that both sides are just as bad as the other and in order to be “middle of the road” let’s call out the “bad stuff” in the LGBT community because surely they are just as bad as the “bad stuff” in the Christian conservative community! I mean, we’re both just two sides in the culture war, right?
Except one side is fighting for rights, and the other side is fighting to take those rights away. One side has come up with attack after attack along the lines of “let’s put gay people behind electric fences” and “gay people deserve death” while the other side comes up with a “well god isn’t real and you’re a bigot.”
One side has a higher murder rate, suicide rate, and hate crime rate. The other side cries persecution when gay people push BACK.
I agree with being civil. I agree with trying to change people’s minds we don’t agree with. They are, in fact, the people we NEED to be reaching.
I don’t agree with doing that at the expense of our convictions, with appeasing the other side by saying “our extreme is just as bad as yours,” and pretending like we are just two players in a game of chess who have reached a stalemate.
Because we are winning, after all. So far. We have a president who just came out in favor of same-sex marriage. We have a major party who has just added marriage equality into their platform. We have every reason in the world to be optimistic - and I, for one, would like to win our rights without having to throw ourselves at the mercy of those who have, time and time again, proven they just don’t fully recognize our humanity.