You know, it’s a rare day that passes without someone criticizing me for “playing the victim card” or “acting like a victim.”
What they mean, I suppose, is they want me to stop writing about systemic LGBTQ inequality, to stop pointing out examples of LGBTQ people being harmed by homo/transphobic institutions and belief systems.
But I’m the least victimized person I know. Rather than lying down and accepting injustice, I have for most of my life been an activist of some sort or another, raising my voice constantly in outraged protest.
One odd thing, though. I understand and expect that people invested in homophobic belief systems like conservative Christianity would oppose LGBTQ activism and use rhetoric (like victim-card rhetoric) to oppose it.
Sadly, though, many people who level the word victim against me to dismiss what I have to say are other LGBTQ people.
I would suggest they are the true victims, accepting their own oppression and asking activists to acquiesce as well.