What happens to a gay man’s social status as he moves toward higher self-awareness, self-acceptance, and a proud sense of personal strength? This certainly looks like a bad thing to anyone devoted to fighting the so-called “patriarchy”; to be unapologetic about being male means you have committed the greatest social-justice sin of the modern era. Masculinity is nothing to be celebrated after all… so goes the thinking being pressured onto the younger generations within both academia and the world at large. These types of men don’t deserve pride.
Indeed I have seen the rise in recent years of the “homophobe” label being hoisted upon homos who don’t tow the homo line, as dictated by yet-more social “experts” who themselves often are not even gay. Indeed I consider this the ultimate form of homophobia. To argue with someone who calls a homo a homophobe is a tail-chasing endeavor meant by design to tire one out emotionally and mentally, and to make him choke on his words. Again, the ultimate exercise in homophobia.
Watch who you listen to when you’re hearing about what gay men want and need. First and foremost, are they gay or bisexual men? I’m particularly curious about what the transsexual community has to say about this also, because there are women out there who swear they’re men on the inside. As they transition, do they wash away innate guilt about benefiting from the supposed patriarchy by badmouthing it? Moreover, do they intend to stick up for men as they become men? These are questions I deserve to ask because I have fought for that right. I certainly hope they have more to offer than “die cis-scum” for gay men to whom it’s not natural to act like ladies. If this thought is too much for you, then you are indeed a homophobe, not me.
I denounce the notion that the decades I have put into LGBT activism can be washed away simply by virtue of my Y-chromosome and my facial hair and my “str8-acting” mannerisms. This is the baggage I bring with me into this year’s “Pride” celebration. Get your rainbow flags out of my face while you’re telling me everything that’s wrong with me. Your sense of pride comes from your mistaken notion that you know more about my gay male experience than I do. You need to check your fucking privilege. This goes out to no one in particular, this goes out to all of you.
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