Pride 2020

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  1. posted by Tom Scharbach on

    Conservative homosexuals have been complaining about Pride, for various reasons, for a long time. The complaints run the gamut from Pride isn’t “family friendly”, to Pride includes transgendered groups, to Pride doesn’t welcome conservative homosexuals, and everywhere in between and to both side. The constant is that conservative homosexuals will, every June, find some reason or other to complain about Pride. It is as predictable as “April showers bring May flowers”, although I have to admit that the complaining ramped up considerably in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

    That aside, I think that there is enough commonality between gay/lesbian experience with police harassment/brutality and racial minority experience with police harassment/brutality for LGBTQ folks to feel and affinity with African-Americans on the question of police abuse of power.

    Remember?. Or are you so young and/or sheltered by affluence and privilege to have never had the experience of being treated like an animal at that hands of the police, just because you were gay or lesbian?

    I’m putting this year’s conservative whining about Pride in the circular file, along with all the whining from past years. That’s where it belongs.

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    • posted by Jorge on

      Conservative homosexuals have been complaining about Pride, for various reasons, for a long time. The complaints run the gamut from Pride isn’t “family friendly”, to Pride includes transgendered groups, to Pride doesn’t welcome conservative homosexuals, and everywhere in between and to both side.

      This year my complaint is that it’s dangerous because it will spread COVID-19. But it’s hardly necessary to even mention. I have the utmost faith that the localities, organizers, and public have accounted for the disease.

      That aside, I think that there is enough commonality between gay/lesbian experience with police harassment/brutality and racial minority experience with police harassment/brutality for LGBTQ folks to feel and affinity with African-Americans on the question of police abuse of power.

      Maybe.

      Personally I think that HRA snippet above is necessary persuasion. Having taken care of number one first (I do not interpret a Trans Lives Matter message as being primarily about the police, even if it’s an important aspect of it), by all means one should follow where one’s conscience leads.

      But any organization that considers itself anything resembling a civil rights organization really has no choice but to support some form of police and government accountability for the well-being of African Americans. It would be hypocritical not to, and quite frankly detrimental to gay-black relations. If you’re not willing to say black lives matter, it’s hard to ask other people to say gay lives matter.

      I might be tempted to ask the same of black conservatives, if Candace Owens hadn’t already delivered on the circular firing squad. I’ll see if they pay more attention in return.

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  2. posted by Kosh III on

    ” I think that there is enough commonality between gay/lesbian experience with police harassment/brutality and racial minority experience with police harassment/brutality for LGBTQ folks to feel and affinity with African-Americans on the question of police abuse of power.”

    Totally. Ask any black and gay person.

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