Whose Movement Is It Anyway?

I think Brad captures this history well:
After the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide in the landmark 2015 decision Obergefell v. Hodges, many believed the fight for gay rights would begin to wind down. Yet that didn’t happen. Instead, the LGBT-advocacy sector simply redirected its available staff, fundraising and rhetoric to other projects. …In a relatively short period of time, the gay-rights movement fused with more radical campus-based gender and identity-politics movements, to become the compound movement now known as “LGBTQ+”—lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, “queer” and more. Even many people within the movement now have trouble keeping up with all the new subcategories contained within that plus sign. … None of these bizarre neologisms have any resonance to those of us who joined the gay-rights movement simply to affirm and protect the basic rights of people to be who they are and love who they choose without stigma or legal sanction. We’ve been forced to watch the simple moral logic of non-discrimination be transformed into a self-parodic alphabet soup of invented identities.
And worth repeating:

3 Comments for “Whose Movement Is It Anyway?”

  1. posted by Mike and David on

    “After the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide in the landmark 2015 decision Obergefell v. Hodges, many believed the fight for gay rights would begin to wind down.”

    Why? The U.S. Supreme Court decision did not deal with equal opportunity in employment or housing?

  2. posted by Jorge on

    “A 7-year-old boy cannot be transgender.”

    Not this again.

    There are international standards for the treatment of gender disorders, for example (if it’s not the only example) the Standards of Care written by the World Professional Association of Transgender Health.

    “Criteria for Puberty-Suppressing Hormones
    In order for adolescents to receive puberty-suppressing hormones, the following minimum criteria must be met:

    1. The adolescent has demonstrated a long-lasting and intense pattern of gender nonconformity
    or gender dysphoria (whether suppressed or expressed);

    2. Gender dysphoria emerged or worsened with the onset of puberty

    3. Any coexisting psychological, medical, or social problems that could interfere with treatment
    (e.g., that may compromise treatment adherence) have been addressed, such that the
    adolescent’s situation and functioning are stable enough to start treatment;

    3. The adolescent has given informed consent and, particularly when the adolescent has not
    reached the age of medical consent, the parents or other caretakers or guardians have
    consented to the treatment and are involved in supporting the adolescent throughout the
    treatment process.”

    This accusation that a 7 year old boy was ever about to be imminently medically transitioned is nothing but fake news, and any media outlet that had bothered to get a dissenting quote from either a professional who does gender identity work or someone who understands trans issues would have recognized this instantly.

    This is hate disguised as concern for children.

  3. posted by JohnInCA on

    New thought.

    To answer the headline’s question, “Whose movement is it anyway”, the answer is “not yours, Mr. Miller”.

    Fact is, you left “the movement” decades ago, and have fought every action of “the movement” since then. Expecting that a “movement” you continually attack, lambaste, and reject to coincidentally coincide with your own biases is not rational.

    Conservative LGB† folk such as yourself, Mr. Miller, should build a new movement that does belong to you. Because your continuous outrage that you aren’t a meaningful voice in the “movement” that you rejected is not healthy.
    †The “T” was intentionally left off.

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