The New Homophobia — from the Left

Well worth 22 minutes of your time.

A few excerpts:

[J]ust try to imagine who you were 10 years ago … and imagine if at that time someone had suggested to you … that healthy teenage girls should be encouraged by health professionals to get double mastectomies, that younger feminine boys would be told they’re actually probably girls and they should be put on medication to halt puberty … or that women would be fired from their jobs and subject to threats of death and rape for saying that biological sex is real ….
Those who say that … these are fringe concerns, they’re effectively saying that free speech doesn’t matter, that women’s rights don’t matter, that gay rights don’t matter. They’re effectively saying it’s absolutely fine if some women are sexually assaulted because of the dismantling of women’s spaces, that it’s … absolutely fine to have gay kids medicalized, and that it’s fine for people to be arrested for the words they choose to say … and that all of this is just the price that we pay for progress. …
The reason why the culture warriors have been so successful is that we haven’t really taken a sufficient stand against them. That’s why I’m so pleased that the theme of the LGB Alliance conference this year is courage, because I think that is absolutely key. Most people are intimidated….

Added: An example of the opposing view:

Added: Andrew Sullivan weighs in:


Kim and Smith add:

One can witness the perverse consequences in the Rutgers professor Jasbir K. Puar’s concept of “homonationalism,” in which gays and lesbians co-opted by “normative” state policies are no longer even considered “queer.” Her analysis designates “masculine” and “white” gays as sinister agents, oppressors of her metaphorical “queers” — who themselves are defined however she wants them to be at any given time. … Such a binarization of gay men against metaphorical “queers” invites anyone who would identify as “queer” to disparage gay men and their hard-won access to social and political power, which made them less “marginalized.”

As the post asks…


Sullivan adds: “This is because the vast majority of children with gender dysphoria are gay or lesbian; and this is the target population for child sex changes. … In many ways, the threat to gay and lesbian children is as grave a threat as any that the gay world has encountered. And because of the “LGBTQ+” formulation, the threat this time is coming from inside the house.”

Absolutely: “LGBTQ+” prioritizes transing gender-nonconforming gay boys and lesbian girls, and adult gays and lesbians who don’t go along are labeled “transphobic” bigots.

And this:

Gay White Men and the LGBTQ+ Left

He adds:

A direct line can be drawn from this upheaval in the early 1990s and the divisiveness in today’s LGBT activist spaces, where “cis gays” — and, in particular, “cis white gays” — are seen as upholders of villainous Western cisheteropatriarchy and its henchman capitalism. …
This is racism, operating under the guise of “anti-racism”, plain and simple. It attempts to end inequality by inverting it and, in the process, is attacking the foundations of the principles that have enabled the remarkable progress our society has made in transcending bigotry and prejudice.

On Gender, Reason vs. ‘Queer Theory’ Fundamentalism

He adds, pertinently:

Before social media, most gays and lesbians naturally reconciled the tension between their sex and their feelings about gender by adulthood. Over the course of puberty, they came to terms with their sexual orientation, and by extension, their sex.
Many gays and lesbians express their gender in creative and individualistic ways all through their lives. We’ve always been a proudly gender-bending community. But until social media came along, very few of us experienced such long-lasting mental anguish about our gender expression that we adopted transgender identities and underwent “sex change” treatments. Nowadays, the rate of medical interventions on gay & lesbian people’s bodies is so high, alarm bells are going off all over the world.
Increasing numbers of people are coming out as detransitioners, people who regret the medical therapies they feel they were misled or coerced into carrying out, under the influence of Gender Fundamentalism. Irreversible damage has been done to their bodies. Upon meeting some of them, the penny dropped for my acquaintance Helen Joyce, a former editor at The Economist who went on to write the bestselling book Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality and who now co-directs the advocacy group Sex Matters.
She put it this way: “Oh my God, they’re sterilizing gay kids.”