Thursday, August 11, 2011

You GL Peeps Don't Have The Right To Deny Me My Rights, Either

One of the things we will hear loud and long griping about from the GL community is when the Tea Klux Klan, the Religious Reich, the GOP and the conservafool movement work separately or in concert to oppose or take away the civil rights of GL people. 

They will also point out when allies in their assessment fall short of being supportive of their issues as well.  

But when the pump is on the other foot there is cricket chirping silence or defensiveness when people point out the times that GL people engaged in exhibiting civil rights oppressing behaviors just as reprehensible as the ones they complain about when that anti-civil rights negativity is aimed at them by the agents of the Forces of Intolerance.

There are elements of this community that are standout allies to and for us.   But it's also sad to note their are GL people that when are presented with the opportunity to be drum majors for justice, they drop the baton and are breaking their collective necks rushing to lead the band highstepping across the civil rights field to take away the civil rights of trans people

Thomas Jefferson said this over two hundred years ago, and it applies to the GL community as well

No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another, and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him. 

Got that right.  Just as you hold my African American community to a certain standard when it comes to GL rights, I as a trans African American are holding you and your community to the same standard when it comes to fighting for the human rights of trans people.   The US constitution and what Thomas Jefferson said applies to your behinds as well.

Let's be real for a moment.  Our civil rights are all wound up in the same constitutional package.  If my civil rights aren't secure, then yours aren't either.  And we have to stick together to ensure that none of the rainbow family's hard won civil rights gains are rolled back.

You don't have the right to take away my rights   If you think otherwise, you are nothing more than oppressors, and you are proving beyond the shadow of a doubt the nagging perception that is out there that  when you say 'equality',  you want to arrogantly assert the 'special right' to oppress others. 

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