#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?
Missouri man arrested at hospital for refusing to leave gay partner →
No doubt what has happened to Roger Gorley, as detailed in this report, is contemptible beyond words, but to discuss this event only within the framework of how marriage equality would have avoided such an instance is totally short-sighted. LGBTIQ should not continue privileging marriage as the only other legitimate relationship that deserves the right to be with a partner/family member in the time of medical crisis. We must insist that family is not (just) a matter of blood relations or even a marriage permit, but something more expansive that include close friends/life-long platonic companions, caretakers, etc. who deserve the right to be along the beside of an ailing loved one.
So let’s not just posit this a marriage equality issue when the larger issue is the more inclusive understanding of family, its legitimacy, and the rights they too should have.
[Photo via The Raw Story]
Does Marriage Equality Reinforce a Conservative Institution or Support Social Change?
As the U.S. Supreme Court heard two major cases this week on marriage equality, we look at how the issue has divided some in the LGBT movement. Longtime activist and blogger Scot Nakagawa wrote a popular essay this week called “Why I Support Same Sex Marriage as a Civil Right, But Not as a Strategy to Achieve Structural Change.” The article drew so much traffic that it crashed his server, twice. We speak to Nakagawa and Marc Solomon, national campaign director of Freedom to Marry, one of the leading campaigns to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act. “The marriage issue, while very important and a step toward greater freedoms, is not the whole ball of wax, as there’s much more that we need to fight for. I think we recognize that most people in our society do not live in traditional nuclear family arrangements,” Nakagawa says. “Most of us actually live outside of those arrangements and deserve to also have the protections of our government.” Solomon, who attended Wednesday’s Supreme Court arguments, responds, “There’s a lot that you’re saying that I fully agree with, especially the idea that marriage for our LGBT community is not everything. And it’s an important milestone. … I think the challenge is to use the power and the momentum that we’re building through the marriage fights to secure other gains.”
via Democracy Now!
Chinese Parents Of Gays And Lesbians Demand Same-Sex Marriage Legislation In Open Letter →
South China Morning Post reports that parents of over 100 Chinese gays and lesbians have written an open letter to the National People’s Congress demanding marriage equality for the nation’s gays and lesbians.
Below is the letter (in Simplified Chinese):
Australian Greens force gay marriage back on agenda →
What a difference a Green makes. Adam Bandt, Australia’s sole Green MP in its lower house, was the one member majority that forced “federal politicians to canvass the legalisation of gay marriage in their electorates,” reports NZ Herald News. While Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who has held a hard line against marriage equality legislation, has tried her best to put the question of gay marriage on the back burner, the Greens have followed through on their election promise to fight for marriage rights for same-sex couples.
This is the kind of political will that garners respect and loyalty from their supporters. I look forward to the day when Greens in the United States can play a similar role in doggedly pursuing a truly progressive political agenda in our government.
(Above: Green MP Adam Bandt)