#Human Rights Campaign
Queer Challenge to “We’re Just Like You”
Love this so hard for skewering the homo-normative narrative that mainstream gay rights organizations like Human Rights Campaign (HRC ) is content to sell to politicians an public in order to achieve same-sex marriage (let’s not call it marriage equality, shall we?).
“We’re just like you” glosses over what is truly problematic with heterosexist power structures and institutions, easily ignoring the sexism, racism, and classism that riddles gay life as much as “straight life.”
And for gawd’s sake, so many are in relationships that aren’t perfectly middle-class, white, single-national, able-bodied and monogamous, and what, those folks don’t get equality too?
"My father got sick when I was 22… and I was poor. And my father had an ulcer, and it exploded, and, you know, all these toxins get in your blood - and basically, my father died 50 days after his ulcer. So I had a father get sick while I was poor.
My mother got sick while I was rich. I don’t really wanna get into to it, but my mother was sicker than my father, okay? And my mother’s alive. My mother’s fine, okay?
I remember going to the hospital to see my mother and wondering, was I in the right place? Like, this is a hotel! Like, it had a concierge, man! …If the average person really knew the discrepancy in the healthcare system, there’d be riots in the streets, okay? They would burn this motherfucker down."
Chris Rock, responding to host Bill Maher asking if he ever went to the emergency room as a primary healthcare provider, on Real Time