It’s so often the “progressives” who hold us back, Gloria Bates.

Time and again, people who think of themselves as liberals tell me that I must respect people’s closely-held religious beliefs for, well … unspecified reasons having to do with tolerance.

As if tolerating superstitious nonsense is somehow a virtue.

I categorically refuse to cooperate in my own oppression. Fuck that.

I am very clear on my position. Anyone who would label us queer people sinners or in any other way immoral is an anti-LGBTQ bigot, and probably an asshole to boot.

Their beliefs are not worthy of respect, not any more worthy of respect than the theologies and philosophies of white supremacists are worthy of respect.

Progressives everywhere denounce racist philosophy and theology without a second thought. Plenty of progressives,though, refuse to denounce homophobic theology and philosophy.

That’s horseshit.

If some fuckwad Christian insists that we’re sinners, then said fuckwad needs to pull the stick out of their ass and get better beliefs.

Religion is no excuse for homophobia.

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

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