This song has my heart forever.
Omg I didn’t realize Reptar released an album until I saw it pop up on my Spotify feed. My friends have great taste in music!
This playlist on shuffle all day. Yes, yes, yes.
Cine #slideshow (Taken with Cinemagram)
I don’t normally blog here, but I have something to say, so…
I’ve heard people criticize the HRC for a while. Three years ago, the President of my alma mater’s GSA controversially posted a picture of the HRC logo set on fire. As evidenced by this blog, a lot of people feel as though they only represent a certain kind of queer person. When I was in D.C. for the Equality March in 2009, a “radical queer rights group” vandalized the HRC headquarters with spray paint.
I have mixed emotions about these criticisms. On one hand, yes, it is annoying that they call me incessantly and ask for money. I always think, “oh, for another one of your thousand-dollars-a-plate benefits? I’m a grad student, doofus.” And I’ve talked at length with friends about how silly it is that gay rights’ main goal appears to be gay marriage. Should we really be trying to assimilate, or should we be trying to subvert gender normativity? Shouldn’t we be asking ourselves why we’ve socially constructed marriage as a legitimizer of love? In that same vein, transphobia and misogyny in the gay community drive me bonkers. Gay people have literally said to me, “I’ve never felt trans, so I just don’t get it,” and I have had to literally say back, “isn’t this the exact same conversation you have with straight people?” A lack of understanding does not allow you to be ignorant.
All of that said, I found this article to be pretty reductive. I have a problem with activists saying things like
Listen, either you know nothing about the HRC and you posted the photo without bothering to ask any questions about what actual cause you were supporting: disturbing. Or you actually do know about the HRC, and its policies, and you posted the photo anyway: more disturbing.
It’s becoming increasingly clear to me that, though I didn’t think about this at the time, I probably started a blog because I need somewhere to vent my boundless rage that is not random people’s Facebook walls. I mean, one thing among the many thousands of things that are guaranteed to raise my blood pressure is when folks get all “the internet isn’t real, and it’s not a viable platform for communication,” but also like, Facebook fights are dumb, I’m supposed to be an adult now.
So here’s the thing that got me all het up this week: gay marriage.
Specifically, these goddamn things: