posted on Jun, 4 2019 @ 02:37 PM
So I don't post here much at all, these days, which makes my status as a leftist member easy to bear. And I'll emphasise leftist as opposed to
liberal/social democrat, which appears to be often conflated with the former in everyday US conversation. I don't shy away from Marxist and anarchist
theory, so y'all know just what names to call me.
Now that we've got the (re)introductions out of the way...
Pride Month is an interesting event for several reasons. Obviously, I think the concept of LGBT pride is absolutely necessary when society is largely
programmed to be opposed to it (I know some would argue the reverse, but that's a debate that won't lead anywhere, given that we still couldn't come
to a consensus on who the real TPTB were for years in the CT community). This is a vulnerable minority community which doesn't stand in active
opposition to heterosexuality, or the "nuclear family", or "traditional gender roles", but largely exists independent of these factors, and sometimes
even in cooperation.
I would vehemently disagree that it's a slippery slope towards the evils of child molestation and similar acts, because those are pursuits which
flagrantly breach consent. I'm a straight male, so I can't speak for the LGBT community, but through friendships and personal relationships as well as
general discourse, it's been made obvious to me that consent is paramount in LGBT spaces. Children cannot give consent to adults: people who believe
otherwise are called out and cast out of these spaces, just like would-be rapists, racial fetishisers, etc.
These communities aren't organised for the express ambition of converting kids, either. I can't believe I even have to type that, but people still
believe it. If I had a pound for every time a gay friend rolled their eyes at straight people trying to kiss or grope them while drunk "because let's
be silly", I'd be able to afford healthcare for three generations after US Big Pharma buys the NHS. Seriously, no one wants this.
The most awesome thing about Pride Month for me, however, is its origins in civil disobedience in the face of a corrupt system. It's the same
sentiment that got me to join this forum.