Thursday, 10 October 2019

Gay Males' Eight Layers Showing Again

I cannot remember the year; but within days of dismantling the VRA, SCOTUS granted the right to gay marriage. I think that there was also an affirmative action case, but for the life of me, I cannot remember how it went.

All of the white gay males were all over their little victory. They demanded that transgender people wait their turn. They whined and threw tempter tantrums whenever the VRA was discussed. I had been interacting with the movement in the lead-up to these rulings. Some weeks before the rulings were delivered, I washed my hands of cis white gay males, because their racism and transphobia were coming undeniably into the light. They revealed themselves for what they are. I declared that gay marriage didn't need my help. It had plenty of supporters.

Voting rights have once again been thrown into the ditch with the Ohio gerrymandering case, but all that the cis white gay males can talk about is their rights to work and such.

Whenever anyone posts about this case, my silence is my answer. I will be with transgender people and Black People as much as I knownhow, reading what they are reading and acting, to the extent that I know how, in accordance with information that I gain.

Again: Cis white gay males have a huge problem with racism - especially misogynoir.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

On 9/11, This Day in 2019

I remember that day. That was my first year of being Muslim. On that day, I was beyond Muslim, beyond American. I was a human overwhelmed with the knowledge that other humans were enduring every sensation and emotiin that surely they must have been experiencing. I knew it in those moments, and I felt so fucking sick.

To return to classes the next day and face the hatred - granted, mild and never with threats or acts of violence as was visited on Muslims of Colour - was confusing and painful. I've grown numb to realising what victims of terrorism endure by now, but hearing about events like the homophobic terrorist attack on Pulse or the white supremacist terrorist attack in Christchurch, NZ still makes me feel sick. Now that I know how certain whites react to certain acts of terrorism, I also feel dread.

What benefits me the most is to experience community reach out and holding each other, sharing love with each other, shutting up the bigotry that happens in their social circles, sharing meals, holding game days, going to movie-watching gatherings, making music together, building communities based on love. When love builds, I feel less of that tight nausea in my gut.

I call for that kind of community as often as I do because I want others to experience that same release - that same relaxation from tension, that same sense of security with others, that same rise in oxytocin and dopamine and other biochemicals of love. We all deserve to feel good with each other.

Saturday, 7 September 2019

White Gays

Post an article a out white gays to an LGBT discussion forum inhabited by white gays and watch the whinefest begin. Exhibit A:

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Maher Is a Bigot

On 17 August 2019 at 6:43 pm, US Rep Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) shared a tweet by Mehdi Hasan along with her own comment.

Mehdi Hasan's tweet reads, "Maher rails against BDS, Palestinians, and Omar/Tlaib with an all-white panel featuring no Palestinians, no Arabs, no Muslims, no people of color. 'Liberal' Maher."

Hasan then included a link to a news article by The Hill.

Rep Tlaib added, "Maybe people should boycott his show. I am tired of folks discrediting a form of speech that is centered on equality and freedom. This is exactly how they tried to stand up against the apartheid in S Africa. It didn't work then and won't now."

Get Out the Vote

Getting out the vote starts now. It means going to the "other" side of town. Meet people where they are. Volunteer. Patronise a business there. Attend an event there. Do this until y u stop thinking of the place as "there" and the people as "them," until it becomes "here" and "we."

Strike up a conversation with someone. Introduce yourself, establish a common interest, follow up. Keep making these connections.

As next August approaches, reach out to your new contacts. Ask them if there is anything that they need only election day so that they can get out to the polls. Offer to help.

That's how to get out the vote. It has to start now. In November 2020, it might be too late.