It's the day of the NYC Pride Parade, the day I typically take to wish my LGBTQ+ readers a happy Pride Day and Pride Month. I'm going to reiterate my theme of last year's Pride post- intersectionality is crucial to all liberation movements. I don't think I could do better than repeating what I wrote last year:
An intersectional approach to human rights campaigns involves confronting all oppression- racial, class, religious, sexual and gender orientation/identification. Your feminism is broken if you are anti-transwoman. Your racial liberation movement is defective if it countenances homophobia. Your Democratic Socialist agenda just isn't working out if you are anti-semitic.
LGBTQ+ friends of mine have lamented the fact that homophobia still has a place among Black churches which have been at the forefront of the Civil Rights and racial justice movements. Similarly, wealthy gay individuals have been insensitive to the needs of people of color. As a straight white male, playing the game of life on the lowest difficulty setting, I urge everybody to take an intersectional approach- human rights should not be compartmentalized, period.
This year has been characterized by a record number of bills targeting transpersons. Anti trans agendas are being promulgated by joke woke groups such as the LGB 'movement', which is attacking trans-identity from a supposed gay perspective, and the TERF 'movement', which is attacking trans-identity from a supposed feminist perspective. Both groups have cynically allied with right-wing groups to attack transpersons' rights.
Meanwhile, right-wingers are using anti-trans bigotry as a Trojan Horse to promulgate a broader anti-LGBTQ+ agenda. They lost the culture war against same-sex marriage, and, being reactionaries, they are fighting to roll back gay rights, especially in light of the Biden Administration's stated commitment to LGBTQ+ rights. Ignore this wide spectrum right-wing approach at your peril. Also, from a historical perspective, transwomen of color were at the forefront of the Gay Rights movement, at great risk to themselves. If you celebrate Pride, you owe them a debt of gratitude, and more importantly, you owe them the protection that they need.