Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia.
Ok, so what? I mean. Really, this is kind of a Folk Song Army sort of thing for most of the people who read this. It’s really easy to grandstand against the hatemongers in the world and Goddess knows, we have more than enough of them and they all seem to be coming out from under their rocks due to the marriage case at the Supreme Court.
But I’d like remind everyone in my own community that we’re hardly guilt free on this subject. I was horrified this week to come across an argument in an online lesbian forum from someone frothing at the mouth with some weird bi-phobic agenda. (Well, to be honest, she threw in an anti-trans slur as well, so she’s an equal opportunity bigot I guess.) More or less, if you ever touched a guy or you even thought about it, you didn’t qualify for Real Lesbian™ status and were unwanted lest you sully the purity of her bodily fluids or some nonsense.
It’s not like this post is going to change that person’s opinion if she reads it, but here’s something those of us willing to listen can do: stop tolerating bigotry in our own communities. That’s exactly what happened. This particular forum has no tolerance for intra-community prejudice and her post was removed as soon as the mods got to it. That needs to start being the rule not the exception. Silence really does equal consent and the same is true in our own community regarding bi and transphobia as it is when a school allows students to freely toss around “that’s gay” in their hallways and classrooms.
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