On #HeterosexualPrideDay

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*gasp followed by dramatic music* …is it okay?!?!?!

To those who celebrate this hashtag, to those who support it and have been fighting for the day when heterosexuals are able to march in a parade and celebrate their genitals without fear of persecution—I salute you!

Just kidding.

Actually, you are a piece of shit. You are nothing but a backward, counterrevolutionary sympathizer who, incidentally, falls prey to fascistic ideology in your hurried, and deeply confused, liberal sensibilities.

There is nothing about heterosexuality to be proud about. You reproduce—what is your fucking point? Are you persecuted, have you been disowned by your family for being straight, have religious leaders denounced your sexuality, equated you with pedophiles and banned you from religious life? Do Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists call for your execution? As a teenager did you ever run the risk of attempting to hook up with someone online only to be captured and publicly tortured by fascists? Does the state take extra pains to criminalize your amorous activities and simple day-to-day routine? Did you have to wage a decades’ long battle to marry your significant other only to have the courts step in an grant you marriage after they were sick and tired of seeing you “radicalize” youth? Was high school a living hell for you with everyone—including those supposedly oppressed ”nerds” and “geeks” calling you hate-words, calling you faggot, while they beat you up and raped you? Did you… honestly, I could go on but what I am trying to say is this—you have nothing, absolutely fucking nothing, to be proud about because you never faced persecution for simply existing. As such you do not get a “heterosexual pride day.” You have nothing to celebrate because you never had to reaffirm your identity in the face of violence unparalleled.

(For a defense of Gay Pride see here)

We live in a time of reaction. Identity politics has muddled ideology; once a sign which meant that the oppressed could have some semblance of respect, the counterrevolutionary forces, deeply imbued with a perverted conception of liberal humanism, have twisted identity politics into such a manner that it negates minority identities, suffusing it under the rancid banner of “equality” and “diversity” and ‘everyone is the same’ ideology.

Nothing happens in a vacuum. Ideology works in deceitful ways. The kind of liberal humanist ideology which we see in North America, that which stresses the false vacuum of class collaboration and mono-identity, has been hard at work to recombine these disparate activist strata, people who had become disenfranchised with the mass of violence directed at them and so took up arms against the body politic, back into the body politic; this is why after #BlackLivesMatter you see #AllLivesMatter and now, after #GayPride you see #HeterosexualPride, why after a horrific massacre left dozens dead in Orlando, these same people were fast at work in watering down the horrific violence by redirecting the nature of the violence (they said, remember, that Orlando was not the worst massacre in U.S history, and quickly gave confusing diatribes on Wounded Knee and others). It is not a slogan but rather pure reactionary ideology.

What the proponents of these hashtags would like you to believe is this: we all are equal and so everyone deserves a time to celebrate their identities; that, if some of the oppressors gave some of their time and energy to the oppressed then, at a time in the future when the oppressed are given a somewhat longer chain, then they—the oppressors who helped the oppressed—should be given all the grandeur of empowerment which the oppressed gave themselves.

Again, this is horseshit and, more often than not, white savior nonsense (a great deal of the activist stratum in North America, remember, is White middle class liberals preaching to white lower-middle class conservatives). You, as a heterosexual person, deserve nothing in return for your effort in helping the oppressed gain some equality or identity; it is the simple and most humane thing that can be expected of a person, to help another break the chains or become empowered to break it themselves. You do so because you cannot stand injustice and understand the systems of oppression when you see it, not because you want something in return one day, like a crying toddler.

The people promoting such beliefs, these hashtags and what they mean, are not your allies. These people have goals antithetical toward your own. They are white supremacists, heterosexist bigots who are actively attempting to recuperate bigotry and hatemongry into public discourse; in short, they are like Donald Trump, people who are experts in Double Speak and would like you to believe that their intentions are purely those of a conservative nature when, in reality, they are supported openly by swastika bearing Rightists. Their goals is the elevation of the nuclear family, the so-called ‘sanctity of marriage’ and the preservation of the racial and economic apparatuses which support those goals, apparati which are irreconcilable with true equality.

Believe it or not, this hashtag is not about you; it is not even about heterosexuality, per Se. It is about homosexuality and about how Rightist feel threatened by the gains made by gay and trans-gender activists. It is about bigots and conservatives attempting to relapse their hate into one which is socially acceptable, disguised as it is by liberal humanist horseshit. It has nothing to do with ‘celebrating their accomplishments as allies’ and everything to do with minimizing and negating the Queer identity. They do this because they seek to smash #QueerPride and erect a hetero-supremacist dictatorship in the concrete. They want to use our own weapons against them and this we cannot allow. We must, by whatever means, frustrate this attempt and eradicate it from historical memory.

Say NO to #HeterosexualPride

Say NO to the comprador Queer who supports it!

Say NO to Fascism!

Florida: A Symptom of Fascist Decay

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Recently, a gunman opened fire in a Queer nightclub in the U.S. state of Florida. Armed with an automatic weapon and a handgun, the terrorist managed to kill at least fifty people and wound dozens more before he was killed by police as he attempted to take hostages. The attack is the worst mass-shooting in U.S. history.

What can we say about this incident? The moralist left has already had their share: it is a senseless, violent act perpetuated by someone deeply disturbed; their hearts are with everyone in this senseless tragedy. Although it is never bad to sympathize and show solidarity with those affected by terrorism, when it comes to violence against oppressed and marginalized communities, such sentimentality misses the point of why the act of violence was carried out in the first place.

In contemporary America, capitalism is, and has been for a long while, in a state of decay. Neoliberalism and neoconservatism have eroded a whole host of welfare and social programs, while, in turn, the Right-wing have gained immensely as Identity Politics have taken the stage; scientific and revolutionary ideology, meanwhile, has degenerated, with Leftist-hobby tendencies (such as Left Communism and Trotskyism), taking a more prominent level of appreciation to the point where they are seen as the official incarnations of Marxism.

This is all to say that the situation in the United States is bleak. The ruling class, moreover, knows that it is bleak and hence why they attempt to bulwark their rotting edifice by prompting identity politics. Although not a time or a place to go into detail on the nature of Queer individualism and identity politics more generally, it needs to be said that the rationale for this latest act of terrorism lies in the hands of the bourgeoisie and their advancement of postmodern Id-Pol.

We need to remember that the capitalist class is in crisis. This is why they are pushing identity politics– they want people, especially minority, oppressed, and super-exploited groups, to feel as if their community has a role to play. So, in order to accomplish this, they have launched a campaign of reform and multi-identity acceptance. Understanding that they have nothing to fear from same-sex marriage and anti-binary gender distinctions, they discarded the archaic heterosexist marriage laws and have allowed trans-queer activists to enter the political fold (so as to, like Gay and Black groups before them, have their goals ultimately usurped by the liberal bourgeois elements and thus recuperated into the superstructure as an instance of American exceptionalism).

Such a moment is done, remember, while ultra-conservative and Rightist neo-reactionary elements have thrived in a country where, under the pushing of minority Identity Politics as spearheaded by Obama the Bomber, have incited counterrevolutionary forces to the zenith of their paranoid-delusional fantasies and conspiracy theories. Under Obama, anti-Semitic, White Supremacist, Neo-Nazi groups have exploded and along with this explosion a deluge of misinformation and historical revisionism; we now see a political landscape mired with forces who view their idea of America as a thing of the past, where ‘ultra lefties, pinkos, commies,’ and the rest, have stolen the country and are indoctrinating youth with their esoteric academic views on gender and sexuality.

While much in the Leftist media have covered the violence against Black and Persons of color in this epoch of identity, little has been said in regards to Queer life. This is funny because non-heteronormative persons suffer all the same under a white-cis-hetero supremacist regime (especially, those Queer Persons of Color who, in this moment as the gunman being identified as someone from Afghan ancestry, will need solidarity which does more than express good wishes).

This brings us back to our present moment where, as over a hundred innocent people are made casualties at the hand of a terrorist, the Moralist left fails to consider the deeper ramifications of this assault; instead of organizing and publishing slogans of resistance to what is clearly a fascistic attack, the Queer and left groups are content to sentimentally mourn over this senseless tragedy instead of organizing self-defense committees and beginning the armament campaign needed to fend off fascist terror.

Fascist terror is not senseless; it is directed and rationalized. Deluded, but rational in its application: they want to “take America back” and “make America great again.” And they know how to do it.

The Leftist response to this attack should be something more than solidarity with the victims, it should, and needs to be, more than merely a sentimental tribute to the victims– it needs to be organized resistance to the white-hetero patriarchy which has fostered this death cult. It needs to be resistance led by a scientific ideal. Otherwise, we can expect to see more of these attacks without the proper means of ending the terror, all the while the further radicalization of the Right spurs ever greater means of violence.

Help, Advice, and Windows to Me

Obviously I have not been updating this blog frequently or even irregularly at this point. This is not to say that I have not been accurately aware of when people comment or even the general stats of the blog. I have just been very preoccupied with the typical: writing essays, theorizing, waging unending blood war against the religious and political Right, and huffing fairy dust(*) (you know, the typical young adult stuff). However, I have not forgotten about the people who view my posts. I still intend on creating original multi-media content when I am able to buy a new computer but until that magically day I am moribund with my junker. But since I will be making an effort to post a least a little more frequently, and while I whittle away on my newest advice guide for ya’ll, I wanted to just post this hold-over until I am able to post something more substantial. It is just a compendium of useful posts for the wandering teen or young adult to enjoy, posts which I believe in some way of value to anyone willing to click on a site with the word “Queer” in the title. Enjoy!

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Self-Help/Advice

The Gay Guide to High School: A primer (of sorts) concerning some situations which you may encounter at some time in high school. Though the post/short story itself is short, there are many additional comments left by others users and myself which expound upon the core material.

Cyber-Bullying: How to Prevent and Manage Online Harassment: Online can be fun and harmful. Predators are everywhere and though the comments section on a politically charged story often come with more than one politically incorrect surprise, with this guide you will know that you are not alone nor the only one with a bit of hesitation about the internet.

Overcoming Obsession: Outgrowing Infatuation with Straight Peers: Every gay kid knows the feeling– that moment when you realize you have fallen for someone who is totally straight; the sadness, awkward feeling and loneliness. It weighs on you night and day and doesn’t make seeing him around school any easier. Read this post to gain some helpful advice on how to handle these less-than-awesome feelings.

Queer Forward: Resisting Bigotry and Struggling for Social Change: Although this post only applies to people with a hankering for activism, and has some protocol/situational advice which is only useful in large cities, I think the general contents will be of interest to anyone wanting to help alter their community for the better.

Personal Stories: Queers Talk about “Coming Out” and Accepting Themselves

Coming Out: The Inner War: I, the blogmaster (TGU), share my coming out story. Dramatic and lovely, if you enjoy reading tales of people revealing their true selves, then you will want to give this a glance.

Pride Parades: A First Timer’s Account: TGU’s tale of attending his first gay pride parade; riveting!

Love and Support: Why they are Needed: An entry which discusses the virtues of a loving family and the support they can offer to their kids who are still struggling with their own identities.

Defending Queers: The Queering of Life

The Ex-Gay Myth: A polemic concerning the fallacies of the so-called “Ex-Gay” movement and why they are liars, hypocrites, and delusional and self-loathing persons who harm the liberation movement.

In Defense of Gay Pride: In a time when so many supposedly proud gay men and lesbian women feel the need to attack the concept of Gay Pride, due to ignorant and misplaced idealism, this posts argues decisively in favor of pride as both a tool for self-empowerment, as well as a political weapon against the right-wing.

(*) Warning: Tinker Bell is a pain in the butt to catch and much crankier when you do… proceed with caution!

Homophobia’s Many Faces

Homophobic, and Queerphobic people in general, are an odd bunch. Many are closeted about their own identities, only belittling to throw others off their own trail, while others still deride for no reason other than petty cultural inclusion (a la high school). Of course there are many other reason why people attack non-heteronormative conforming individuals; sometimes it seems like the variety of bigots are as numerous as colors in the rainbow. And so, though homophobes are easy to spot once they open their mouths, enabling their vocal cords to double-function as both sound emitters and stupidity search lights), it can sometimes be handy to have a list of the kind of homophobes there are so you know what you are getting into once you encounter someone of the “hetero-sapien” persuasion.

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Middle-of-the-roaders

These people are what I like to call “petty homophobes” because they are the so-called “moderate homophobes.” They are not likely to support ultra-conservative efforts to crackdown on gender and sexual edicts, but they tend to express disgust at the prospect of gay marriage or at the sight of two men kissing. Heavily influenced by hetero-patriarchal ideas, yet too timid to express their views risk they become associated with the social anathema which is associated with a community which, for whatever reason, they do not wish to be connected to, they prefer to remain in the shadows of their intolerance content to making an occasional nasty remark or disconcerting vote.

People from both the left and right can be petty homophobes; this includes revolutionary left as well as those of the bourgeois left. Ultra-left remarks against marriage equality, aversion to same-sex moments of affection, preference to remain with other heterosexuals, and a tendency to believe heterosexist myths regarding ay people while voting/voicing sentiment against equality, marks the petty-homophobe.

The proper way to handle these people is with education. They are not the kind of homophobes you expect when you think of someone who is homophobic; they will not attack a gay person. If they use politically incorrect language when referring to a gay person it is when they know no such gay person is around. Many are even sociable when gays and lesbians are present so as to appear fine with everyone; some even believe that they have no problems with gay people. Certainly many would not believe they are homophobic as it is traditionally seen. For these reasons education is the best way to handle these people. When they are showed their misconceptions about homosexuals are wrong and that their intimacy is no different from their own, they will acquiesce in their intolerance.

 

The Gorilla

Our first archetype is the stereotype most often seen: the macho-man. These people feel “threatened” by homosexuals because they, oddly enough, see homosexuality as emasculating (despite the fact that there be no women whatsoever in gay-male-relationships; if any relationship is “emasculating” for men it would be spending every day with a woman, someone, who by the way, couldn’t possible understand this strange concept of “manliness” as they are not men). These people are very self-conscious. They respond to peer pressure and are slavish in their adherence to cultural and societal norms, the routine and procedure which they were raised with and demanded to identify towards.

While most often found on the sports field or armed forces, “The Gorilla” can be found in any social setting. They are not exclusively found in one area over another (provided, they are likely to appear in one area more than another). They are omnipresent creatures who associate the fictitious concept of “manhood” with any practice or hobby. Sports, gaming, intellectualism, even home caring possess Gorilla variants. This is because these people are often sexists- whatever sphere they find themselves in they create aspects which, to them, are better suited to men while others, women. So when that imaginary line is crossed (a construct which existed unbeknownst to everyone else) they react violently and lash out irrationally at the object of their rage who was so bold as to dare and associate penis-oriented activities with vagina-oriented activities.

The best way to handle Gorilla types is to ignore them. They like the attention. Though they express genuine disgust at anything not heterosexual, they are not likely to violently harass or assault people. Refusing to give these bigots the time of day and forging interpersonal alliances with other members of the group to shut down the Gorilla’s reactionary practice of gendering everything with their theoretical poison, should remain the primary goal. After all, the Gorilla is most often a deluded and ignorant person who sometimes simply doesn’t know any better. Education can go a long way with them; and when that fails, a united front destroying their nonsense will accomplish “Operation: effacing the hate.”

 

Non-Platonic Book Lover

The Non-Platonic Book lover takes reading to a whole new level. You or I would read a book and be happy to know that a carpenter stayed true to his beliefs and though as unjustly executed, nonetheless was honored as a caring man who advocated for the poor and fought against the rich; our book lover friend, on the other hand, would read the same story and turn it into a religion. They don’t as much enjoy fiction as masturbate furiously to it while proclaiming every word as immutable law; with all deviants thrown into the lake of un-pleasantness. It can be an awkward situation to be in, especially if you are one of the unfortunate billions who are not living according to their words.

Religious fanaticism, like many phobias, has two angles: a moderate and extreme. Both are homophobic. Yet one is more worrisome then the next. While the former may mutate into the latter with added pressure, and so must be combated with rational argument and progressive alliances, the latter extremist angle is the one which need be directly addressed.

The fanatic is not merely the Westero Baptist Church. It is truly most religious organizations. Any group which is anti-gay marriage, any platform which pushes the supposed reality of a decadent “gay lifestyle,” and any who see non-heterosexuality as “unnatural,” “inferior,” “perverted,” “dangerous,” “mentally ill,” or “a choice” is part of the fanatic angle when merged with any superstition. The “sinful” claim, while backward in its own right, when seen in the wavering moderates, is usually harmless if left alone by Rightist tendencies; the Orthodox nature of most such people means that their commitment to heteronormativity runs only as deep as an alternative is foreseeable.

Luckily, book lovers are relatively easy to avoid as they tend to congregate in both lavishly opulent palaces of marble and political parties decorating the elephantine phallic (with occasional backtracking to the Ass). While they have purposes outside of their gathering halls, the fanatics tend to remain clustered in their circles with the moderates venturing out only to specify a certain watering hole; when the moderates do rear their failing logic it is best to treat them as Gorillas.

 

Cultural Rightists

Some people are conservative because they have fond ideas of liberty and freedom, because they believe it is only through an old-fashioned system of checks and balances were everyone is given an equal opportunity will justice be allowed to triumph over tyranny. Most people (99% of the contemporary political establishment), however, are conservative because they are ignorant; those beliefs regarding freedom have now been mutated into pathetic excuses to defend capitalism. Taken to its logical extreme such conservatism manifests during a period of capitalist decay as Rightism: or, the ultra-irrational defense of cultural and social icons (heterosexism, bourgeois democracy, the Founding Fathers, wage-slavery), traditions (property rights and two parent households), as well as beliefs and superstitions (militarism, American exceptionalism, religion) which serve as ideological cornerstones for the bourgeoisie as they rebuild the image of capitalism itself.

Rightists float in this ethereal delirium whereby everything which they weren’t raised to believe takes shape as “the enemy.” Homosexuals (and Queer people in general), racial and ethnic minorities, alternative modes of social organization, political difference, and just simply the conviction that everyone deserves a meal in their belly and roof over their head become “evils.” Ergo, it is not surprising that these people are the most rapacious homophobes.

Such social extremists propagate the beliefs of homosexuals “recruiting” children, that there exists something called a “gay lifestyle,” and that, among other pitiable absurdities, that gay people, either through individual choice of because of their environmental conditions, choose to be gay; the remedy to their “illness” being to rectify their altercations with masculinity and femininity.

Creatures like they are first and foremost a political problem. Eliminating their corrosive influence on society will require more than trite alliances between groups, it will demand coordinated social action and education. Inter-minority liberation struggles must be fused with revolutionary ideology producing a firm programme by which the masses of workers replace the decadent Rightist agenda with one of their own, an undertaking which amounts to a complete moral-cultural revolution.

 

The Demon

The Demon is the most frightful homophobe on this list because they are the most deadly. Being a sub-set of the Cultural Rightist, Demons are Rightists taken to fascistic indulgences. Their method of activism is violence against minority communities. Harassment, beatings, and even murder are acts which comprise the entirety of their existence. Combating them in non-revolutionary times is difficult: being a law-abiding citizen, you cannot match their violence with an equal level of your own (not outside a revolutionary period. Not unless you anticipate a prison term). So the natural result is to combine the macro-level approach to dealing with Cultural Rightists with a Micro-level approach: defend yourself when attacked and, if possible, travel in groups; this presuppose coordination and organization, as well as armaments, but in order to precipitate the kind of action needed to resolve this social-sexual contradiction, strong measures must be embraced.

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Well, there you have it. A handy list of the most prominent kinds of homophobes. While the list is not exhaustive as it is only meant to sketch out the most visible impediments to Queer progress, I hope that you enjoyed reading this quick, and mildly amusing, post. If you have a homophobic archetype of your own which you wish to share, please, comment below.

Marriage Equality Won (2012)!

The results of the November 6th elections were truly stupendous. In all four of the battleground states where marriage equality was up to vote-Maine (where the nation’s first ever voter approval of gay marriage was accomplished), Maryland, Washington and Minnesota (where an anti-marriage equality measure was defeated)-all of these selections passed. Coupled with the re-election of a pro-gay president, the election of the first openly Lesbian member of Senate (Tammy Baldwin), and the upholding the Spanish supreme court in protecting marriage equality in their own nation, the hatemongers over at NOM (National Organization for Marriage) must be in a dismal mood.

The historic victories we have won, however, have shown not only America but indeed the whole world of our resolve. All across the nation volunteers donated their time and energy to make what we have won a reality. While there is still much work to be done all over (especially in terms of anti-discrimination work) it is important to remember that our task now becomes to defending our gains and pressing forward with complete liberation.

I want to thank each and every brother-in-arms who made this wonderful day possible. Without every one of you knocking on doors, calling, emailing, and talking with your friends and family this day would not have been possible. To all of the millions of voters, activists, and supporters out there, I salute you!

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