As a psych rights activist it’s always seemed to me a no-brainer that we look up to the gay community for inspiration and strategy, which I’ve done for years with a savage merriment.
For them I have also taken professional risks; while in alt rock radio I recognized the homosexual community as a silent constituency and welcomed the presence of drag queens in broadcasts from nightclub remotes, and more recently I’ve agitated for the inclusion of Act Up when reporting significant activism within legislative tracking. I’ve willingly taken shit for this stand because I feel a natural fondness and affinity, I’ve marched with them, done fundraising for HRC and am not gay, for Christ’s sakes. And have always responded, without thinking when alerted to any small action I can take to support gay marriage and foster child adoption.
So I’m with Hymes, this makes me want to scream:
THE MOST IMPORTANT achievement of the early gay liberation movement was its pressure on the American psychiatric establishment to reexamine its evidence for classifying homosexuality as a mental illness. It was important because if gays weren’t mentally ill, it was hard to justify any kind of discriminatory policies or treatment.
Thanks alot, asshat. A google search of homobigots will lead to 600 denunciations of Daddy Dobson and all those religious right human-haters so it’s safe to say we know what we’re talking about when we talk about homo-bigotry. How sad to think we have to expand that definition to include bigotry by one struggling non-dominant group for another. I know for a fact not all gay people think this way, if you are one, don’t be led astray.