Hey there!

Fred’s sent me some of your answers, so I’ve kept up a little.

Thank you for all your answers.

An uppity faggot is what I am.

I dare to demand actual equality. I dare to call the emperor on his lack of drawers.

What amazes me is that people can’t or won’t see the toxic homophobia that pervades our society and which is duly reflected on Quora.

Somebody complained that I say that people who object to same-sex marriage are homophobic bigots.

I’m sorry, but that’s not a personal insult. It’s an objective fact.

It’s no more insulting than observing that people who object to white people marrying black people are racist bigots.

It’s a perfectly accurate description.

And no Quora moderator would care in the least if anyone on Quora denounced racist bigotry.

In. The. Least.

“Anyone who supports apartheid in South Africa is supporting an evil, vile doctrine,” is a statement that would never be said to violate Quora’s bnbr policy. Never.

But if I say exactly the same thing with respect to belief systems that are designed to oppress and harm LGBTQ people, then I’m shown the door.

It’s a completely transparent double standard.

Us uppity faggots have to remember that we’re still niggers to a lot of people and that if we don’t shuck and jive the way we’re supposed to, then we aren’t in our proper place.

Well, I’m not very good at shuck and jive.

If Quora doesn’t want me to accurately observe that certain belief systems are based on homophobic bigotry, then they don’t want me back.

I put in long day after long day of researching HIV issues in which my reading up on the latest positions of the WHO and US CDC took me hours. I’d research for a good few hours and write for a while. I pumped out HIV answers for months on Quora that were more accurate and more helpful than anyone on that site had ever done in any kind of quantity.

I spent more hours wracking my mind to figure out how to tell stories that young queer people could relate to and could learn and grow from.

I had countless straight people message me to tell me they found my writing to be game changing for how they thought about LGBTQ issues.

And Quora wants to end all that because I say what most of us queer people already know so well:

Homophobic bigotry is prevalent, and it is evil, and it must stop.

Well.

Isn’t that something?

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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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