That's exactly what bullies and homophobes can do, LICK IT! I'm not sure what they can lick, but they should do it. Actually, you can imagine what they can lick. I won't spell it out for you. Know what else homophobes can do? BEDAZZLE BITCHES!!
Truly, we have no time anymore for this homophobic Puritan bullshit. Let me tell you!
What started this? Well, yesterday I marched in the Gay Pride Parade in NYC with OFA (Obama for America) NY. To say it was a blast would be a total understatement. Unfortunately, my phone died so I didn't take any photos. Yes, I know, where the fuck was my camera? I still have to get a new memory card. I've needed to get a new one for like 7 months now.
Anyway, that doesn't matter. What matters is that the day was historical. In fact, I don't even really know how to describe it to you. It was like every single human being went to let their hair down and just watch the spectacle, not in judgement, but as observers. I felt like everyone there learned something. I sure as hell did.
I've always been an advocate and ally for gay rights. I have many gay and lesbian friends (especially the latter). I just happen to know many girls who like girls. Even girls who like guys. I mean, I get it. In my eyes, girls aren't assholes like guys. Guys are generally DB's and pigs. Girls are just so much better. PS: I was probably a man hating lesbian in a former life (no joke). I really don't like guys, generally. They suck at life! I'm proud to be a guy, but I admit that we just don't get it most of the time; girls do!
Anyway, after putting down my gender, I can truly say that even though I prefer women, I am not judgemental of others at all. Look, if someone likes the same gender, fine. Love is love, period. I already wrote a post where the Bible shit about gay marriage/sex is total bullshit. Well, I just feel that intolerance and ignorance have no place in today's society (and for our future society). Bigotry is on its way out.
Yesterday, the parade was an example of what society could be like if we all just tried a little harder (by we, I mean the straight community). First of all, the OFA contingent had about 150-200 people by the end of the parade. I remember at one point being able to see the end of our posse but then looking back and not seeing where our crowd stopped. People kept jumping over barricades to join us. People were grabbing LGBT for Obama placards and stickers from my hands. I ran out of 'chum' before I reached 14th street. Marching down 5th avenue across 8th avenue was a sensation. I looked left and right and saw a sea of faces. Multiple ages, ethnicities, sexualities, races, etc. Everyone was out in full support. This is what society SHOULD be like.
It doesn't matter if you're gay or not. Everyone can and should be an ally. I really don't understand why people are so small minded when it comes to this issue. I mean, maybe I've been in NYC too long, where being gay is not 'unusual' like it is in some other parts of the country. Here, local politicians from Mayor Bloomberg to Senator Cuomo attend the gay pride march. In NYC, if you're not an ally, then you're the 'freakshow.'
What I liked about the Pride March/Parade yesterday is that everyone let their freak flag hang high. Everyone (gay or straight) let heir hair down. I mean, I was covered in stickers and beads and glitter. I had people grabbing beads off my neck (even though our group didn't have beads to hand out; I just picked them up off the ground). It was wild and crazy; I loved it!
I also felt like such a rock star. As soon as I turned the corner onto W 8th street, an ocean of people were clapping and high fiving. People were cheering, whooping, and hollering. Everyone loved us. We were the belle of the ball, or at least that's how it felt. We had drag queens marching with us. We had a guy with a shirt that said, 'I like Barack and I like cock'. There were women holding hands and guys kissing. And everybody was marching together. That's the magical thing here. And I thought to myself, this is what society could function like. This, right here. It was truly beautiful, folks!
And I cannot say I was unaffected. Today, in the subway, I saw some people snicker at an effeminately dressed guy. I felt like getting up and saying to them, what the fuck is your problem. But, I actually didn't know what they were saying since I had headphones on and I couldn't prove that they were truly making fun of this guy for wearing a bedazzled loose fitting blouse and having hair that was teased up into an up do pony on his head. I just stared at the couple in question really hard making them feel uncomfortable. You know, the type of stare you get from your parents or teacher. The one I've perfected for my middle school students when they act a fool!
I can honestly say that I was affected in the sense that I realize how we need to advocate for each other's rights. I shouldn't ONLY care about Jewish rights. I should care about everyone's rights, which I have always done, but now it's tenfold that sentiment. I stand even taller with my gay, lesbian, and transgender friends/family.
The highlights of this whole week were getting to shake George Takei's hand and telling him what an inspiration he is for gay and straight alike. Also, I had a blast canvassing in the NYC gay community (Chelsea, Hell's Kitchen, West Village) and meeting people. I had to hand out fliers and placards. In the process though, I stepped outside of my own comfort zone. Having to go into places I wouldn't normally and walk through doors where people didn't know if I was gay or straight, made me step outside of myself and really think about identity and judgement. I found two AWESOME lesbian bars, The Cubby Hole (on w. 12th and w. 4th) and Cowgirl (on Christopher st.) It was here I met Rocky; she and I talked about politics for a solid hour or two. We had a shitload of stuff in common. I also met some other awesome folks both at the parade and canvassing before the event (Casey, Wilma, Diane). I worked with some truly amazing people (Jeremy and Haley). And all I have left to say is that homophobia is going extinct.
These are the last words I have to say on the subject.
Your time is over! Bullying and teasing is not tolerated anymore; everyone is tired of your antics and banal bigotry. Either come out of the closet or move to an island and start your own society where there are no gay people. That's right, you should move because society is making a shift toward acceptance of every human on this green earth. Whether you're gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, unsure, well you have a place in this present and future society because it's the new way, the ONLY way. So if you have a problem with men loving men and women loving women, then you can go colonize the moon and leave us peace loving, human-phile, pot of tie-dye love train grooviness to populate the earth and march on toward a day when people will no longer be judged based on their sexual preference and/or gender identity.
Always an ALLY to the LGBT community,
Pics from the NYC Pride event:
Articles (WE MADE THE FRONT PAGE OF THE NY TIMES, BITCHES)
NY TIMES article on OFANY for LGBT