When basic constitutional rights conflict, as they often do, it’s vital to work out common-sense accomodations. Historically, civil rights laws have allowed for these, based on evidence of deeply held moral or religious beliefs. Using the power of the state to force a devout women to violate her beliefs by engaging in expressive activity to support same-sex marriage, and, in fact, advocating the repeal of religious and conscious protections, is the extremist position that progressive LGBTQ+ activists have embraced. Rights for we, but not for thee, is their position.
Specter writes that:
Instead of a colossus run largely by a small cohort of white men, [Schulman] argues, it was more of a loose confederation of affinity groups. … When we think of ACT UP, Schulman wants us to think of the fight for universal health care, racial justice, and radical democracy—and to recognize that “a few committed activists, when focused on being effective, can accomplish a lot.” …
She assails David France, whom she accuses of using her research to “nefarious ends” in his powerful documentary “How to Survive a Plague.” It won mainstream approval, she thinks, precisely because it promotes a “heroic white male individual model” of activism, in contrast with the “diverse grassroots movements” revealed in the less celebrated documentary “United in Anger,” which she produced with its director, Jim Hubbard.
He notes, however:
Yet there were reasons for ACT UP’s prevailing image. A 1989 survey of the New York chapter showed that more than three-quarters of participants were younger than thirty-five and that eighty per cent were white gay men. Many were well educated, even well-off. …
“ACT UP was predominantly white and male,” she acknowledges. “But its history has been whitened in ways that obstruct the complexity.” [Larry] Kramer, she thinks, “never really understood the wide range of people who were in ACT UP, where we were coming from, and what we were doing.” …
He further observes:
ACT UP certainly contained affinity groups, including the Majority Action Committee, for people of color, and the Women’s Caucus. But did members who were white and male have an advantage in swaying a bureaucracy that was also overwhelmingly white and male? That’s what Kramer implied, and, though Schulman doesn’t dispute the point, she thinks that the group’s true power lay in a concerted display of strength through diversity. …
[Schulman’s] insistence on ACT UP’s diversity is important and correct. Still, the group’s most famous image—the inverted pink triangle of the “Silence = Death” logo—didn’t just link AIDS and the Holocaust; it was also an assertion of a gay identity, as not incidental but integral.
Apparently New York Pride does need the NYPD… pic.twitter.com/l8JQc2VJu2— Outspoken (@GetOutspokenUSA) June 28, 2021
Queers for Climate Change pic.twitter.com/qJGPWogjlQ— Outspoken (@GetOutspokenUSA) June 29, 2021
Gay, Inc. lost some sleep last night pic.twitter.com/tU67GRGcI0— Outspoken (@GetOutspokenUSA) June 23, 2021
I’d like to RT this a million times. https://t.co/ggRVrMyAVc— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) June 24, 2021
We have men &women’s separate competition 4a BIG reason, biology in sport matters. Separate categories give females equal opportunities of sporting success, the average age of a female Olympic weight lifter is 23. Laurel Hubbard is 43. 30% unfair advantage! Sex not gender 4Sport https://t.co/CN8bdniKrq— Sharron Davies MBE (@sharrond62) June 21, 2021
Here’s Kuinini ‘Nini’ Manumua, the woman who was displaced by Laurel Hubbard. She’s 21, and it would have been her first Olympics. The average age of female weightlifting competitors is 24. This means this could well be Nini’s ONLY chance to be an Olympian.— woman444🟥 (@woman4444) June 21, 2021
This is outrageous 1/ pic.twitter.com/Y5Opk5nvAb
Progressives are (mostly) hesitant to denounce a 9-0 decision in favor of a Catholic social service agency’s right to not include same-sex couples when placing foster care children, pointing out that the decision was made on narrow grounds while at the same time calling for passage of the Equality Act to ensure that religious exceptions are prohibited under federal law.
Some of the more perceptive commentaries follow below.
Bruce also writes that during the height of the gay rights struggle when “far-Left gay activists — most of whom preferred ‘queer’ to ‘gay’ — who didn’t want a place at the table but, as one of them told me on the ‘Charlie Rose Show,’ wanted ‘to turn the table over.’ Meaning what? Meaning that they weren’t in it for reform but for revolution.”
And now, “Add it all up and it’s hard not to see it as the beginning of a sweeping set of revolutionary, society-wide changes of precisely the kind that the queer Left wanted to achieve with the gay-rights movement, but never did.”
Critics say this vocal minority is influencing big decisions that a majority of New Yorkers do not wish to see. https://t.co/t40OvlPS87— Outspoken (@getoutspoken20) May 17, 2021
We represent a large number of lesbians, gay & bisexual people who don’t feel represented by LGBTQ+ orgs. We look forward to a wide-ranging public discussion, including people of widely different views, of how best to protect the rights of different groups.#FairnessForAll— LGB Alliance (@ALLIANCELGB) April 21, 2021
Lesbians, gays & bisexuals are distinct groups with specific needs and rights. Our voices need to be included in all relevant policymaking decisions.— LGB Alliance (@ALLIANCELGB) April 20, 2021
LGB Alliance is reviving the campaign to protect the rights of people with same-sex sexual orientation. Join us!#SexNotGender
Since @RepCicilline/@DavidCicilline introduced it, people ask us “Why is a group dedicated to LGB rights concerned about the Equality Act? What’s not to like about a law that protects people from being discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation?”— LGB Alliance USA (@LGBAlliance_USA) February 23, 2021
A thread! /1 pic.twitter.com/vlA2YkrKNw
Some people struggle to understand the point we’re making. We’re men and women whose sexual orientation is to others of the same sex. #SexNotGender. We see gender identity as a regressive & sexist concept. We make no demands about pronouns since we see that as compelled speech.— LGB Alliance (@ALLIANCELGB) April 30, 2021