As elections around the country heat up; here is a partial list of specific and concise examples of how government initiates coercive force and fraud in ways that harm the LGBT community:
- Refusing to recognize our marriage contracts.
- Infringing the religious freedom of LGBT churches.
- Prohibiting same-sex families from adopting.
- Enforcing the gender binary with state ID's.
- Prohibiting gay men from donating blood.
- Using the FDA to limit access to life-saving HIV treatments.
- Regulating the medical marijuana industry to make treatment costly.
- Immigration quotas prevent LGBT individuals from fleeing persecution.
- "Obscenity" laws define certain activities as felonies.
- Zoning laws used to aggressively limit the types of LGBT businesses.
- 501c industrial complex has subverted our advocacy orgs.
- Prison industrial abuses legitimize rape and murder behind bars.
- Victimless crimes like sex work, homelessness and drug use disproportionately fall on our community.
So I was scrolling through the posts by Anonymous on Twitter related to #opFerguson and feeling like their direct action methods, though not quite in keeping with the principle of non-aggression, at the very least represented a form of pressure on the Police Chief of St. Louis County that resonated with my desire for justice.
Then I saw this:
And my heart sank. So Anonymous is fronting their "oh so enlightened" anti-racism, but sees no contradiction in using a homophobic slur. But worse is what this tells us about the opinions of whoever tweeted it: they believe "faggot" to be an even lower form of life than the bigots believe a "nigger". In the hierarchy of disgust, faggots are at the bottom.
You know, every time I feel like we make some progress at having the various factions of the liberation movement truly embrace us, this shit!! While I have had radical leftists openly call for having me dragged out in the street and shot as a "capitalist" (never mind that I don't identify as such), they usually realize that open homophobia is contradictory to their claim of standing for liberation.
Meanwhile, among conservatarians, we have the brutalists, who are no less careless in their language, but at least have the honesty to openly articulate why they do it. They don't pose as non-bigots so they can use minority movements to politicize their own points of view. But there's one thing they do have in common: they use vulgar language to evoke the violence and intimidation that is inherent in collectivist ideologies.
They appeal to mob mentalities and popular prejudices to stir emotional, sometimes violent reactions. And enough is enough!! I hereby call for queer liberation activists and our allies everywhere to participate in #opFaggot by tweeting the hashtag #opFaggot at @theAnonMessage and #Anonymous in all its various forms and demand a public apology.
That is all.
August 10 is International Prisoners Justice Day, and I wanted to take this moment to ask each one of you to pause in remembrance to reflect on the brutal injustices suffered by victims of the American police state.
Our LGBT family in particular suffers compound disproportionate harm:
- The dynamics of LGBT culture are such that we engage more frequently in victimless "criminal" behavior such as sex work, recreational drug use, and homelessness.
- Police frequently profile us specifically, sometimes as part of targeted sting operations (as happened to Monica Jones).
- Finding ourselves incarcerated - sometimes incorrectly by gender like Chelsea Manning - we are in danger of rape and physical abuse by guards and inmates alike.
These circumstances amount to an unjustifiable inequality in the way "justice" is served, and it too often means a death sentence for our siblings behind bars who have never harmed another.
Outright Libertarians is committed to the principle of equality under the law, and our concept of that includes a recognition of the proper role of a limited government.
The government should no more be in the business of placing harmless people in cages, than picking and choosing its victims based on the prejudices of the dominant culture.
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Thank you for all that you do.
Yours in Liberty,
Mike Shipley, Chair