Saturday, October 2, 2010

Dear HRC / liberal gay agenda / Courage Campaign:

Brought to you by Queer Insurrection.

I thought this was interesting.
"Fuck you.
As a gay and lesbian movement, we are portrayed as depoliticized, harmless homosexuals who want the American dream of a fucking white picket fence and a white baby (maybe an exotic one) nestled between our gay (monogamous) love for one another.  We are seen exiting a church throwing rice and flowers in the air, laughing and having a jolly good time basking in our newfound privilege.
Fuck you.
As a gay and lesbian movement, we are seen as wanting to die for the country that has so violently murdered our brothers and sisters.  We are seen begging (straight) people to allow us to serve them in the military, seen sucking their cocks at the chance to be part of the imperialist machine that has fucked every non-“first” world country there is.  We are seen as people who want tolerance and acceptance by our fellow straights, we want to live next to them in our big fucking houses with our big fucking backyards aiming the same fucking gun at the same person of color because a big government and corporation say to do so.
Fuck you.
What does the demand for tolerance even imply?  The gay and lesbian movement is implicitly saying that straight people are superior to gays because they have the right to judge our lifestyles and our bodies—we want to be just like them because they represent everything that is happy, wonderful, and fucking fantastic.
Fuck.  You.
We don’t want tolerance, acceptance, and acknowledgement from straight people.  We want real, systemic change because we, as queers, understand that the systemic crises of normativity, capitalism, and imperialism are linked to all forms of oppression.  Sexism, racism, classism, able-ism, ageism, nationalism, homophobia—these are all interlinked and intertwined with each other because of our racist and classist education system, unequal access to jobs, recruitment of poor people of color in to the military, religious fundamentalism as a profit motive, corporate tyranny, the napoleon complex (police brutality), violence, threats of violence, and most of all, straight white males dominating the world economy through exploitation, lies, deceit, and an iron fist.
Don’t believe me?  Ever been to a low-income neighborhood?  Is it just a coincidence that the demographic is dominantly people of color?  Are they lazy?  Can you work 3 jobs and over 80 hours a week at minimum wage to feed a family of 4 and be lazy?  Have you wondered why a majority of the top 100 richest people in the world are white males?  Are all white males just hard working people, miles ahead of the rest?  Have you wondered why a CEO makes a $4,000,000,000 bonus even when they fire 30% of their company and their stocks fail?  Ever wonder why our prisons are filled with people of color who are then used for slave labor for companies like Dell computers?  Ever wonder why women are raped and then blamed for their own raping because they were “promiscuous” or “asking for it”?
Of course the gay and lesbian movement doesn’t.  We just want acceptance.  Tolerance.  We just want straight people to like us so we can ignore the issues facing people below us on the social totem pole, even if it is within our own community (the sexually deviant).  We just want to get married, serve in the military, and have a (white) family.
The gay and lesbian movement is run by the rich, white, gay (and sometimes lesbian) community who are ignorant (and insensitive) to issues facing the majority of the marginalized communities, especially their own.  Or maybe they’re just selfish, greedy assholes who don’t really care about the entire community but a tiny, elitist sliver of it.  A queer teenager is four times likelier to commit suicide.  In New York, 20-40% of homeless youth are LGBT identified who were kicked out of their homes after coming out (that’s over 150,000 high school kids and younger in New York alone).  Lack of healthcare makes transitioning almost impossible for lower-income transgender individuals (it’s still legal to discriminate against transgender or gender variant people in the workplace, how are you supposed to obtain a high income job?).  Oh but the gay and lesbian movement doesn’t fucking care, they just want a property tax cut so they can make even more absurd amounts of money for themselves and gain some sort of façade of legitimacy in the court of law.  They want to see their loved ones in the hospital when thousands of queers and people of color are dying because of lack of health care and basic resources needed to survive.  They want to increase hate crime legislation to lock up more people of color in to the prison industrial complex to increase their property values and “clean up the streets.”  And we are all standing by, cheering these people on and celebrating victories of prop 8 and DADT at the expense of people of color, youth, working class people, sex workers, and transgender people (which HRC decides to blatantly exclude from most of their politics)?!  What the fuck?
The gay and lesbian movement are the same people who are running the mainstream magazines, the ones who have sold your identity off to big corporations to exploit you in to a niche (profitable) market (oh the gays love their designer bags oh and loafers are so chic now, all the gays wear them), the ones who make you feel ashamed about your gender non-conformity by blasting you with images of what a male and female body should look like, the same people who make you feel uncomfortable and insecure in “queer-friendly” spaces because they are racist, classist, or non body-positive.
Queers are beautiful because they don’t need validation, they don’t need straight people cheering them on from the sidelines as you run towards normativity.  Queers define themselves in the margins because they are strong, they understand that anti-normativity is an internal insurrection.  Queers unite with people of color, working class people, sex workers, and others in the margins because they understand the collective struggle against a system that values the few and fucks the rest.  Queers understand that the right to marry and the right to serve openly in the military are inherently racist, classist, and able-ist issues that have little importance to the overall struggle towards a more fair and just world.
What happened to our community?  Have we forgotten our radical history?  Have we forgotten about the leather community, the radical fairy community, Stonewall, the Marxists, anarchists, social justice movements, the Black Panthers, and the AIDS epidemic?  Have we really sold out that easily?
I write this as a call to action, a call to destabilize the notion that the gays want to assimilate in to heterosexual culture.  That gays are no longer political.  That gays want to fly their rainbow flags next to their American flags.
So?  Fuck you HRC, Courage Campaign, and the liberal gay agenda that they serve.  Fuck your ignorance, your elitism, and your exploitation of the system that fucks everyone who is not rich, white, and gay.
Our queer history and our queer sex is one in the same: radical, messy, sexy, beautiful, and dangerous—we were built to fuck, and fuck we will.
Fuck you.
Sincerely,
A pissed off queer."
 I feel like we should circle up...

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