When Howie Hawkins ran for governor of New York in 2010 after news broke of the violent torture of 2 gay teenagers and a gay man he said, “I don’t think children should be brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option – it isn’t.” This statement hits the liberal gay mis-leaders right between the eyes. It is not safe for some LGBTQ children to come out. The percentage of homeless LGBTQ youth is testament to this fact. Hawkins was the only politician who dared to tell the truth. Hawkins is running for President in 2020 . He is vying for the Green Party nomination.
Politicians who are gay friendly have platforms that read like politically correct boiler plates; hate crimes legislation, same sex marriage, employment non-discrimination laws. They go to the Human Rights Campaign website and follow directions. HRC was run by the democrat party early on in its inception. It’s only relatively recently that they included trans people.
The boiler plate is wrong. Hate crime legislation is still using a broken racist system. Same sex marriage doesn’t address health care as a human right and employment non-discrimination doesn’t address workers wages.
The modern gay community was created by political necessity but because of same sex marriage the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Intersex Asexual community no longer has power to make necessary societal changes. Rich white people got what they wanted and now they don't care about what happens to anyone else. Prior to same sex marriage the driver of what self appointed spokespersons of the gay community considered political necessity was gay wealth. HIV/AIDs fast tracked the agenda of same sex marriage and the laws concerning medication approval. The rich, white boys wanted to "keep the money in the family” The spectre of death from AIDS was looming.
One can track the power changes by acronyms. First it was Gay, then Gay and Lesbian. Then Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual. Trans were begrudgingly let in by the white power structure because of the outcry from the rest of the community against the dictates of the self appointed rich, white spokespersons. That was the beginning of the end of having white, racists call the shots for the loosely connected LGBTQIA community. That coupled with declining economy knocked out most of the grassroots LGBT community centers.
In the 20th century in large cities of the U. S. gay class structure was easily discerned. In smaller cities and towns then and now the LGBT community of every race and class is more connected. It is in smaller towns where you can still find "family".
In the 21st century there is no connected LGBTQIA community because there is no common bond. Now that it is socially acceptable to accept LGBTQ people the straight folks are the drivers behind suburban pride events. They want to mold us into their institutions. They partner with mainstream LBGT groups and implement their agenda.
The community that needs embracing is still the "socially unacceptable", homeless, campy drag queens & kings, gender variant, sex worker, trans folk who are rejected by mainstream society. They kick started the LGBTQIA rights movement and are still left out. Straight allies are only embracing the LGBT community that look and act like them. Meanwhile with only a two political party system we are supporting a system that benefits corporations and the 1% where the homeless gay youth and poor trans people get swept out of sight. It's past time for system change.