Hola a todos. The local Queer museum, officially known as the GLBT Historical Society, archives and museum, here in San Francisco’s Castro barrio/neighbourhood is relocating to a larger space in San Francisco, but for awhile they will also keep their current location near 18th and Castro.
In honouring our Queer history, the GLBT Historical Society has always used the “GLBT” acronym, and on their sidewalk sign they have the word Queer.
In the article I read about their move to their new location, someone mentioned that “The Castro is changing,” which seemed to be one of the reasons given for the museum’s move. I guess some people think a Queer museum is now inappropriate and does not belong in The Breeder Mecca known as today’s thoroughly-sanitised Castro, the former Gay Mecca.
I would like to point out that the tense of that statement, “The Castro is changing” is incorrect. It should read: “The Castro has changed.” Past tense. But I’ve heard, “The Castro is changing” repeatedly — which is code language because no one ever gives examples of what they mean by it — and other than myself (this is not intended as boasting), it seems that no one has the cojones to tell it like it is because it seems that most heteronormative and closeted Queers today don’t want to come across as offending the precious, in-your-face breeders who Queers today seem to love to emulate. Frankly, I don’t care how much they are offended. The reality is that The Castro has already become The Breeder Mecca with fleets of baby strollers.
I don’t have the patience to read the comments/juvenile filth on most sites these days, so I cautiously scanned the comments below the article I read about the Queer museum’s move. Someone was complaining that the museum doesn’t use “LGBT” that “everyone else uses” he wrote. I’m glad the museum doesn’t use that sheeple/conformist and revisionist-history “LGBT” corporate branding which is spammed all over the internet and that now looks more like a corporate logo than anything else. I guess it offends that commenter that the museum is not part of the “LGBT” conformist herd. The commenter accused the museum of being misogynistic because they don’t put the “L” first.
I would like to respond to that commenter here because what I have to say would probably not be posted in a comment on that site:
It is misogynistic to put the “L” first. It implies “Ladies go first,” which is reminiscent of a 1950s mentality. That in itself is misogynistic. Why should women automatically be first? Your desire to have the “L” first is misogynistic and chauvinistic. It’s also very heteronormative because breeders are constantly taught that women/”girls” must go first. (The Feminist Movement is dead, in case one hasn’t noticed). And that commenter needs some education on Queer history apparently because Lesbians were not the dominant group of the Gay and Lesbian Rights’ Movement. Gay guys were. That’s why the movement was originally called “The Gay and Lesbian Rights’ Movement.” That’s why the “G” should be first as it was originally — if one must use any acronym — before Lesbians hijacked the Queer movement as part of this more recent corporate revisionist history for Lesbians to get “top billing” for a movement in which they were not the dominant/lead group.
These days, I’m using the word Queer and not these silly acronyms, in part, because the word Queer makes the breeders very uncomfortable.
Rather than being misogynistic, the GLBT Historical Society is being true to our Queer history by retaining the original order of the letters (GLBTQ) in the acrynym, rather than following the heteronormative (“Ladies go first”) revisionist and corporatist “Brand LGBT” conformist sheeple.
Finally, does the reader remember this caca that gullible, naïve, wishful-thinking and delusional people in the Queer community have been spewing in recent years about, “Gay people can live anywhere” and “Gay is now mainstream?” And “there is no need for gay meccas because gay people can live anywhere now.” Remember that utopian nonsense? I and other San Francisco locals remember that some of the major conservative Castro merchants around here were spewing that bunk many years ago. It was around the time that the same merchant basura — think the owner of that once-popular mostly Queer café at Noé and Market Streets — led the campaign for our anti-homeless sit-lie law). I’d like for el pendejo and others like him to read this:
Yes indeed. “Gay people can live anywhere and gay is now mainstream.” Only a wishful-thinking person not fully grounded in reality would have fallen for that and still believes that, and frankly there seems to be no shortage of people like that in the now-conservative Queer community. It seems their reliable and excellent BS detectors — that they had all during the original Gay and Lesbian Rights’ Movement — had an expiration date. Either that, or it went back in the closet with them. Chau.—el barrio rosa