I don’t want to put too much weight on this, because maybe I’m just being sour, but I’ve discovered some incredibly perplexing things about the queer community (or, at least, the queer community I know. I don’t intend to speak for everyone.) The community is based on principles of acceptance— of all sexualities, genders, orientations, presentations, and so on— and these principles are to be questioned under absolutely no circumstances.
That’s totally fine by me: every movement needs its principles.
What I don’t understand is why a group of people who fight tooth and nail to see asexual panromantic genderqueers accepted by the larger population take such issue with any political stance that isn’t intensely liberal. Like, I would never consider myself a conservative, but going in with the stance that “maybe not every educational endeavor need be fully subsidized by the government” and “maybe Israel has the right to exist, even if they can be somewhat dickish” or even “yeah, the military is important sometimes” makes you feel like you just proposed nuking the sub-Sahara. Uncomfortable stuff.
So while it shouldn’t surprise me that this post— designed to cheer people up, post-DADT— was met with snarky remarks, it does make me sad. There are still far too many LGBT people in distress, isolated, and on the brink of suicide, out there in this uncaring and indifferent world… And yet all anyone can think of is the perpetuation of a specific political agenda. It’s one thing to look at the world with a critical eye (we all ought to, after all), but it’s quite another to tear every attempt at “brightening someone’s day” down to size for no reason other than spite.
I ask you, queers: if you can accept a person’s gender identity and sexuality without pause, why can’t you accept their political beliefs? Why use the same repressive techniques that oppress LGBT people— sarcasm, disdain, knee-jerk responses— to further champion their causes? Aren’t we a little better than that?
Or— and it pains me to say this— are lesbians, gays, bisexuals, trans* and queer people just as shitty and awful as every other kind of people on the planet? Really, the Khmer Rainbow is really only a matter of time.