In 2014 I noticed a worrying trend on GLBT blogs and in the comments sections of blogs.
We've become a community of hate.
We are already a community divided, with none of the unity that I celebrated when I came out in 1990. We have become a racist and body-fascist group that is willing to pounce on and consume it's own like a wounded Piranha would be by it's shoal.
It is so sad.
The word "Community" is a contraction of "Common Unity". It's supposed to mean a group of people who are united by commonalities, usually commonalities of purpose or identity. Given how many elements of society out there STILL have HUGE truck loads of vitriolic hate for us, I am stunned at how we are actually now our own worse enemy.
We poz bash.
We race bash.
We fat bash.
We age bash.
Young gay men verbally bash others because they aren't as "good as they should be / as fit as they should be / et al".
And we trans bash.
We are in essence, gay bashers.
By bashing I mean verbally abusing btw.
In 1990 in Queensland it was illegal for me to be homosexual. If caught engaging in homosexual behaviour - in a public place or in the privacy of my own bedroom - I could have been arrested and jailed. I attended rallies. In 1992 I became a volunteer at the Queensland AIDS Council. At the time that I joined the staff was composed of people of all genders, diverse age range up to early 60's, diverse racial profile and sexuality profile. We were all there because HIV was raging through our community and claiming so many people. We were united by the single fact that we wanted people to live.
It wasn't a perfect community. There were still issues within. But it was BETTER THAN NOW.
We are a community no longer.
In Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Australia, UK, America to name a few - we have failed. Those who came before us and those who have sadly left us must feel such a sense of disappointment and loss.
We have had wins. And these wins are producing the inverse effect of what it should.
I am leaving this post here. I am more keen to hear what YOU think about this.
I simply feel a sense of sadness.
Shalom and blessings