I rarely quote people or even like to do so, but I will in this instance: “The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance.”—attributed to Thomas Jefferson
Hola. We’re going backwards very quickly. Anyone noticing?
Mi amigo and I often mock the wishful-thinking idiots of the so-called “gay community” who stood before television cameras in the past and made fools of themselves by making the ludicrous statements that “Gay People Can Live Anywhere Now” and/or “Gay Is Now Mainstream.” We heard some GLBTQ spokespersons make those wishful-thinking statements following the US Supreme Court’s ruling legalising same-gender/gay marriage here in The Imperialistic Empire/the US. Apparently the people who said this stuff don’t possess any critical thinking skills at all.
Being gay is hardly “mainstream,” unless by that one means that the word “gay” is spoken on a mainstream corporate network newscast on the odd occasion. If gay were “mainstream” why do so many gay guys say they are “discreet,” “down-low and even “closeted” in their personal sex ads? Gay “Pride” seems to only apply to one day a year which in San Francisco has turned into a thoroughly corporate party mainly attended by “straight” people. As I’ve pointed out before, since I heard that ridiculous pronouncement (“gay is now mainstream”), none of the programming on my “mainstream” corporate television has changed at all. If anything, it’s become even more heteronormative. I see nothing but chauvinistic and sexist “straight” couples (the required: tall-him, short-her) holding hands, her gazing up to him as if he’s her daddy, him looking down at her as if she’s his little daughter, in-your-face make-out sessions and then moments later they’re arguing with each other in a major dysfunction, then they’re fawning over each other, feeding each other, him opening her door for her (she can’t open her own door? jesus! how does la mujer/the woman get up in the mornings?), him pulling out her chair for her (is the woman really that helpless and weak that she can’t pull out a chair? LOL. Why doesn’t she pull out his chair for him?…it works both ways!), them smiling at each other, then they’re about to have sex before the camera moves away (thank goodness we don’t have to watch that!). Him getting down on one knee to give her a ring. (Ugh. That predictable, overused routine; why get down on a knee to give her a ring? Just stand up and give it to her.) I wouldn’t do well as a “straight” person. I don’t have the patience for all that bull shit that’s expected and required of “straight” people/couples. No wonder they have such a high divorce rate. Who could put up with that nonsense? Gay people don’t have all that bull shit and we’re usually the same height and not this him-dominant over her-submissive head trip. Then there’s the camera showing the “straight” couple holding hands for a car commercial? WTF? Are they trying to sell this “straight” couple or the car? Loco. Yes, it’s “straight” content for programming and commercials 24-hours a day, and I’m sick of it. One programme I was watching until recently (Gran Hermano) — I’m thoroughly turned off by it now — on Telemundo has unfortunately had anti-gay comments in it. And the bigot(s) will probably be awarded for their bigotry by receiving the grand prize of $250,000USD.
So yes, “gay is mainstream” most assuredly. In one’s dreams. Being gay will never be mainstream in my lifetime from what I’m seeing.
So it came as no surprise to me and mi amigo when we read this headline in the past 48 hours (I’ve changed the wording slightly for copyright purposes):
North Carolina revokes transgender and gay protections
The state of North Carolina in The Cesspool/the US has a new law that bans the cities and counties of the state of NC from having their own anti-discrimination laws.
Then last week:
Mi amigo was walking in — what I call — “Straightsville,” which is now Market Street in San Francisco between Castro and Church Street. He said it was packed out, entirely “straight” and the place looked like a nursery with all the babies and baby strollers clogging the sidewalks. (It seems that no one believes in birth control in the New Conservative San Francisco; having as many babies as possible seems to be the goal). I said to mi amigo: You didn’t see any Queer couples at all? He said: I saw two gay couples holding hands. Then the “straight” couple with children ahead of me looked at the two gay couples holding hands with a very disapproving, mouths wide open and frowning look as if they’d never seen gay people or a gay couple before and they did not approve of the couples holding hands. I was disgusted to hear that. I had wondered when that would start happening around here. Yes, this is happening in San Francisco’s former Gay Mecca, people. Is anyone paying attention? Look up from your phone on occasion to see what’s going on right around you. The guy you’re desperately searching for on that phone with your sex apps just walked by you but you didn’t see him because you’re too busy hunched over and fucking with your phone. Smartphones: Transforming society into a sea of stupid: “Technology can enable us reach out to people in ways that were never possible before, but at the same time, it is also extremely capable of bringing out the absolute worst of humanity as well.”
The reality is that gay people might be able to live anywhere now in the closet (but even that’s questionable). But as “out” gay people, that’s not at all the case. For example:
We had previously read this:
“Gay Couple Doused With Scalding Water:” A gay couple in the US state of Georgia was severely burned after mom’s lover doused them with scalding water. The attacker may be charged with a hate crime.” May be charged with a hate crime?
I’ve thought that at some point the Gay Rights’ Movement would have to start up all over again — it died after that Supreme Court ruling mentioned above — as we go backwards to a previous era very quickly, an era before the Gay Rights’ Movement began. What was the ultimate goal of the Gay Rights Movement? Most GLBTQs don’t seem to understand that one’s rights are not guaranteed permanently even in laws because laws can be revoked. From all we’re seeing here in San Francisco, gay activism is absolutely dead today, as if all has been accomplished. GLBTQs have replaced their activism with partying, corporate sports teams, becoming corporatists, becoming conservative and being “entertained” with their new toy: their
smartphone stupidphone. As people, they’ve become the opposite of who and what they were for decades as if trying to rewrite their history or erase their past. GLBTQs can’t expect to keep their rights — even though they naïvely do — when rights can be revoked, as we’re seeing in North Carolina. I would expect what has happened in North Carolina to spread to other states. That’s the way it usually works. Chau.—el barrio rosa