Absolutely right, Tara Nitka!

I am more frustrated by far with supposedly progressive people who urge passivity than I am with avowed homo/transphobes.

It always astonishes me when a person who considers themself to be a liberal tells me that it’s wrong of me to condemn religious beliefs that brand LGBTQ people as immoral and worthy of condemnation.

“You have to respect their sincerely held beliefs,” they’ll tell me. “You’re being intolerant.”

That’s such nonsense.

Tolerating homo/transphobia is BEING a homo/transphobic bigot.

None of these supposedly progressive people who tell me to respect homophobic and transphobic value systems, of course, ever say the same thing about racist value systems. They’re perfectly happy to condemn those with full throat.

The hypocrisy is as revolting as it is stark.

These supposedly liberal and accepting people are every bit as much responsible for the continuation of our stigmatization and discrimination as the avowed bigots.

If people who disagree with homophobia and transphobia would stop “respecting” those beliefs and start vigorously condemning them and energetically shaming and shouting down the people who hold them, progress would be so much faster.

I don’t understand why it’s so easy for most people to shame a racist, but so seemingly difficult to do the same with a person who calls us “sinners.”

There’s no moral distinction between the two cases. In each instance, a person is calling an ordinary human being inferior because of harmless biological traits.

That’s not to be respected. It’s to be reviled.

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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