NEW YORK, June 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Chanting slogans of defiance, thousands of marchers took to the streets of New York and San Francisco on Sunday to protest commercialization of the cities’ official Pride parades a few blocks away. The alternative Queer Liberation March in downtown Manhattan was designed to be a return to “a people’s political march” without corporate sponsorship and police barricades, organizers said.
LBGTQ activists are angry that “the annual Pride marches in New York and S.F. have lost their radical roots and become commercialized with parade floats paid for by banks and beverage companies,” said those at the alternative march dubbed Protest Pride. Pride marches around the world have their roots in the events of June 1969, when patrons of Stonewall, a New York gay bar, stood up to police harassment and triggered days of rioting.
Their resistance gave rise to national and global LGBTQ movements for equal rights. “Stonewall was a riot. It wasn’t a pride parade,” said Alma Rosa Silva-Banuelos at Protest Pride. “Today is a resistance and also a reminder of where the queer and trans community came from.” Holding a sign that said “Revolting Lesbians,” marcher Jo Macellaro said: “We’re here today because we are tired of the police and corporations taking over Pride.” Activists also they staged a “die-in” wherein everyone supposedly honored dead AIDS victims by lying down in the street and pretending they, too, had died of AIDS. They also chanted snappy slogans such as “Every gender, every race! Punch a Nazi in the face!”
If you wonder why corporations are scrambling to pander to such a tiny segment of customers, and especially why some embrace transgenderism, know that Big Pharma has a significant monetary interest in transgender transition treatments — especially for children — that make patients dependent on cross-sex hormones for life. Corporatization of homo rights is not just an American phenomenon, either. In the U.K., “the sponsorships are all corporate or governmental, there are huge amounts of money coming from banks, utilities, and governmental bodies as well as funding bodies right into LGBT organizations,” Miranda Yardley, a Marxist transsexual blogger, told me. “And as most of the L and G battle has been fought and won, money for LGBT generally means it goes to the T.”
But the genius of “LGBTQ” politics — and the principal reason for its speedy success — is that its branding has shielded it from criticism, mainly by convincing critics to stay silent. (Because who would want to die on that hill?) The idea they continue to push, against the reality, is that challenging the ontological assumptions of LGBTQ is to deny the right of millions, not only to live and love as they please, but to exist. The reality is quite different. As James Kirchick in The Atlantic explains, “starved of real enemies,” and “guided by a moral absolutism resembling the religious zeal of those they oppose, some gay activists and their progressive allies have taken a zero-sum approach to the issue of antidiscrimination.”
In October, Democratic presidential candidates will participate in a special debate exclusively focused on LGBT issues. If candidates’ comments on LGBTQ issues at the primary debates are anything to go by, they will all be tripping over each other to bolster their woke credentials without any real knowledge or understanding of the complexity of the issues. Oh, it’s so good to be gay today. Pardon me while I heave.