The danger in the Supreme Court’s dismantling of the Defense of Marriage Act is of the LGBTQ community being seduced into the mainstream and forgetting the plight of the oppressed just as it becomes more broadly accepted.
“Why is it that all of the big gay non-profits, from the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC)—‘Gay Inc.’—have failed to utter a word of support for Private Bradley Manning, let alone really campaign for him?” asks Andy Thayer at CounterPunch.
Tuchuses and nay-nays, to me, became a metaphor for what it meant to replace the literal meaning of something with the figurative meaning; that is, to replace the facts with a value judgment that had less to do with the truth and more to do with a particular interpretation of the truth.
It appears that the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is taking the direct approach in responding to Hollywood studios’ less-than-enlightened portrayals of GLBTQ characters and use of certain slang terms, but we’re not entirely sure that the watchdog organization is “Hollywood’s Latest Bully,” as The Wrap suggested Tuesday.
This week marks the 40th anniversary of Stonewall, considered the beginning of the gay rights movement. President Obama is set to meet with gay leaders (and all the anger they’ll bring with them over his failed promises regarding repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and the Defense of Marriage Act) to commemorate the event. Check out this interview with Jarrett Barrios, the president of GLAAD.