The Squeaky Wheel Had Better Go Gay

“A constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages is a form of gay bashing….”

-Coretta Scott King


The Squeaky wheel….  Queers have for far too long sat on the sidelines hoping that justice and fairness and good political strategizing will get us what is already ours – if we claim it.  Ever since the mid-90s in the US, we’ve allowed the Human Rights Campaign and other organizations do our work for us.  We don’t lay down in traffic, we shop. We don’t train in civil disobedience, we hand out pamphlets.  We send in money if we can and let others navigate the halls of power.  As wonderful as HRC is, it is pretty clear that this strategy is not working.

I, for one, am not asking for permission to get granted rights.  The rights are already mine yet the ballot, hateful religious groups and politicians (including our allies) presume that the rights are theirs to grant.  No.  They are ours now.

There are so many entries to be written, I almost don’t know where to start.  We’re in Canada where we were forced to move because our family isn’t allowed to be together in the States.  Canada is the one safe place in the world for our families.  And, we were lucky.  We got together the resources to be able to get out of the US and keep our family together.

Why weren’t the streets full before the election when Prop 8 was on the ballot?  Civil rights have never won at the polls – for queers or anyone else.  To put our families up for a vote is disgusting and preposterous.

How about a March on Washington in the Spring?  Sometime in the first 3-5 months of the Obama Administration.  Obama will glance out his window and see me and see us and he’ll know we are not going to sit down and play nice and shut up so that he can fix the economy, the auto industry or the this or the that.  I agree that he’s not going to waste political capital on us.  But it’s not for him to decide that the well-being of my family is less of a ‘serious’ issue (as others have suggested) than the other things on his plate.

While Prop 8 is hateful, it is each and every one of ours responsibility to ensure that our human and civil rights are protected.  Agitation with dialogue brings change.  Politics is about the allocation of resources and the squeaky wheel….

~ by Thom on November 9, 2008.

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