Sun 29 Jul 2007
FEEDBACK TO LA GENTE UNIDA includes the following in response to the July 2007 memo of Donaciano Martinez, who addressed the narrow issue of gay rights:
“Whew, there sure was a lot of caca put out there by the gay doctor who wants others to stop “hijacking” the gay rights movement. As a Chicana lesbian, I was pleased to read that Christopher Hubble noted the male origins of the “gay” word. Male-identified women might not have a problem being considered gay, but women-identified women almost always prefer to identify ourselves as lesbians buy viagra. Chicana lesbian pioneer, Jeanne Cordova, co-founded the Lesbian Tide newspaper in the 1970s and was on target with her analysis that lesbians were considered “other” in the male-dominated gay movement and in the straight-dominated feminist movement. I for one would never give up my lesbian feminist identity in order to be blessed by men who advocate a one-issue gay rights movement.”
Sonia Candelaria (Fort Collins, Colorado)
“I wish you people at La Gente Unida, along with Phil Wade and Chris Hubble, would just realize that the current homosexual “movement” is about and for Rich White Men viagra online!!! As a matter of fact, the official chant is: Rich White Men, Rich White Men, that’s what we’re all about Rich White Men buy cialis. Diversity and inclusivity was something in San Francisco and New York in the 1960’s and 1970’s. It’s over with, dead, get over it. We don’t call ourselves gay and certainly not Queer anymore. We are JUST like our beloved straight idols, who we look like and act like except for what we do in bed cialis online. The modern-day rich white men’s gay movement is all about: Up with Coors, down with independence; Up with assimilation, down with Gay Pride and Queer identity. Now a bit more seriously, Lenin once said you have to break a few eggs to make an omelette and I know which eggs I would like to break. Very recently, I have viewed, watched, heard, seen, and/or been the recipient of either anti-Latino/a, anti-Black, anti-Jewish, anti-woman, or anti-gay bias and ignorance that I have lost most of my patience and willingness to be diplomatic. I am not sure of my willingness to be understanding and polite anymore. After reading Dr. Keith Swain’s opinion, I was so angry and frustrated that I wasn’t even bothered by the anti-gay Christians along the parade route. Was there a difference? Anyway, I wish La Gente Unida continued good work!!”
William Watts, long-time peace and justice activist (Denver)
“Donaciano, I enjoyed reading your piece. I am amazed at the naivete and political backwardness of those who don’t understand that the gay rights already achieved was, in large part, accomplished by minority support, and they will never achieve full gay rights without continued minority support. The doctor doesn’t know his own people’s history.”
Jerry Gerash, long-time peace and justice activist (California)
“Donaciano, thanks for your introductory essay. I agree with you. Being a one-issue people might mean that rich gay white men might be able to walk hand-in-hand in the fascist society which is quickly forming in America. That certainly isn’t what I want. Thanks for your continuing effort to help people understand.”
Phil Wade, long-time peace and justice activist (Denver)
“First of all, I would like to say that I appreciate and welcome the diversity and inclusiveness of the Gay Pride parades/festivals. I think it is wonderful that we can have a day to celebrate with our community, but I do question our solidarity and I certainly feel that the political awareness that once fueled these events has been pushed to the background to make room for vendors. I think this is a result of Americans in general of neglecting political awareness in pursuit of the big screen TV and the luxury SUV. This is very unfortunate for all of us (obviously, look at what is in the White House), but even more so for gay people because the “rights” and “freedom” we have now are very tenuous. That so many states have passed legislation banning gay marriage shows us that straight society will only tolerate us to a degree and will turn on us in a New York minute when we cross the line. I feel that a little more political awareness injected into these events can only help solidify our community. In the 1970’s, gay pride events were mainly political rallies and I remember them giving me a strong sense of solidarity and purpose. I’m not saying we should go back to that 100% — things change, but I think we would do well to remember that there is no strength in numbers if there is no sense of purpose.
Never having been a participant or spectator of the Denver Gay Pride events, I cannot really comment on those, so my comments are based on my own experiences here in Los Angeles. In LA, the Pride Parade/Festival is held in West Hollywood which is a supposedly predominantly gay city. West Hollywood was at one time a district of Los Angeles which was home to large numbers of a variety of gay people. Sometime in the late 1980’s or early 1990’s, West Hollywood incorporated and became its own city with its own rich all white city council which has focused mainly on property values. Today West Hollywood is home to a mostly all white upper class gay people — diversity is gone. Small 2 bedroom, 1-bath homes start at 1 million dollars — this will ensure that the neighborhoods will remain rich and white. All this to say that the LA pride events have become primarily a money making venture for the city of West Hollywood and this follows suit with what is going on all over the country — creating and maintaining the class structure of the very rich and the very poor.
The real issue is inclusiveness. When we succumb to the divisive tactics of our political opponents, we lose the “strength in numbers” edge which is essential to our struggle. When we start separating ourselves from others because they are not like us, we are doing exactly what the larger society has done to us which is what put us where we are today. The ideas of race, religion, etc., are tools of government to distract the masses and keep them separate from each other and fighting amongst themselves so that there is no strong opposition to their enslavement. It’s time to wake up now!”
– Danny Tiarks, long-time peace and justice advocate (California)
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