…plenty of ‘woe is me’ from the ‘I’ve got what I want, so why can’t the rest of you shut up?’ crowd:
Don’t look left during Pride, it’ll ruin the celebration
At least two things are almost certain to occur in the run-up to D.C.’s 40th annual LGBT Capital Pride celebration this weekend. You’re going to see one-too-many rainbow feather boas and the predictable dissident lament about how the whole gay rights thing has turned out will rear its head as if set on a timer.
The latter has already occurred.
Washington City Paper arts editor Christina Cauterucci last week penned a feature piece in the weekly publication’s annual Gay Issue harshly criticizing the “commercialization” of the local Pride celebration, titled “Swallow Your Pride.” If you can wade through the proffered “queer”-obsessed, lingo-laden and polemical condemnation of both the Saturday evening parade and Sunday daylong festival you will also find my voice offering more history and less histrionics. Be forewarned, however, that Cauterucci’s obsession with radical sloganeering and extremist terminology may require the assistance of an open browser to define trendy terms like “cismen” for the uninitiated.
On the any-moment verge of what is widely anticipated to be a Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, some still whine that the astonishingly accelerated advancement of civil equality for lesbians and gays hasn’t included our rejection of mainstream culture and the demise of capitalism.
We’re wondering how a Gay, Inc. that used ‘trans people are such a too small a percentage of the community to waste time on’ rationalized ramrodding the wants of an even smaller group of people – those LGBs who have the specific desire of a career in the military – ahead of the needs of all trans people.
We’re wondering how the same Gay, Inc. also decided that math didn’t matter when it came to flushing the basic anti-discrimination-centric civil rights needs of all LGBT individuals in favor of the wants of what, by definition, is a smaller group of people: those LGBT individuals who are also parts of couples.
We’re also wondering which of the byline names currently in use at Queer Channel Media is actually a nom de Gay, Inc. of Chris Crain.
We’re also wondering how many LGBs who get what they want from what they presume that the U.S. Supreme Court will do in a few weeks will, as married people who have gotten what they want from the civil rights movement, will go about their A-Gay lives by discriminating against not just trans people but also non-A-Gay-ish LGBs – and by donating as much money as they can to Ted Cruz, Scott Walker and Mike Huckabee.
Ignoring LGBT distinction as a disproportionate demographic of entrepreneurs and both business creators and leadership is also to deny part of our own heritage.
My advice this weekend: Don’t look left during Pride, it’ll ruin the celebration.
I’m looking left – and what I don’t see is any coverage by “America’s Leading Gay News Source”…
Looks like a mention of the report slipped past the goaltender:
Yes, many of our civil rights organizations were/are funded by wealthy white men. That is slowly changing but not fast enough. We don’t want wealthy white men to stop giving their money but need them to recognize that wealth shouldn’t be the only criteria when it comes to the leadership of the groups. For years the Human Rights Campaign was called the Human Rights Champagne Fund. In its latest internal review, which they commissioned, there is still a long way to go to ensure diversity and equal opportunity in the organization.
That’s kinda like calling World War II a kerfuffle.
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