January 16, 2009.
Over the year I have seen a dozen or more Trans groups, and I would like to know what efforts they are making, other than fussing at gay/lesbian publications and groups, to get laws changed and the public educated. I see no effort from the New Orleans group, which is too afraid to even be seen at the gay center.
But the lesbian and gay community there was also slow in getting on our movement’s work. They were satisfied with how they were “dealing” with the problems. Yet we see that New orleans, with the bet possible background has not solved its racial issues.
We have eased the path for other sexual communities. And we need to support them, but we have to focus on our issues that still need to be accomplished. I argue with a friend in CA who is handicapped, or he fusses if I use the wrong term, but I keep pointing out to him that it is not the g/l community’s job to do their work — even though there is obviously an overlap, as there is with the black or women’s movements. I would like to support a lot of causes, but I am realistic. I chose one. And will stay with it, even though most of what we actually wanted has been achieved.
As to the constant harping from some sections of our community about Barak Obama, I wonder what they were doing when Bush 43 got elected. And I just happened to find a book by George Stephanopoulos, and you will not be surprised to read the same issues with Bill Clinton, which means that every issue we have today was faced with each previous administration.
And the same people. For instance he describes the meeting with Jesse Jackson. But it is really very ignorant of all these new “gays” to keep fussing about the order of when some gay is involved with the Inauguration. Or Warren vs. Robinson.
Obama’s one blessing is that he owes no one anything, for no one group got him elected. And in fact Clinton made an error listening to the “professional gays.” Obama can find very good homosexuals in Chicago who can give him good counsel. The ones who helped lose Prop 8 are sure not the ones he needs to guide him.
I’m hoping I can get to PFLAG tomorrow, to visit and hear Rodney. But it would also be nice to “hear” from other people and groups in LA. The time is past when New Orleans can do whatever and ignore the rest of the state. And to have been involved with and then oppose a campaign of a Shreveport man (D.A.) for Representative, and not tell anyone, is nonsense.
This constant fear and continuing need for secrecy is what these “gays” thought was silly when Mattachine started, but it they who are wasting our energy by worrying about what the right-wingers already know. How queer that our enemies — and this applies to our nation’s work — that the terrorists know more about what we are doing than the American citizens.
And several times we hear of some gay issue from the bigots’ publications before we hear from our own media.
Apparently some elitist gays think we average queers need to be protected from the real world. So what we get is Prop 8.
Will we ever learn?