Today is IDAHO Day or the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, to highlight “that in reality it is homophobia that is shameful and must be deconstructed in its social logic and fought against openly”. We need to be mindful that while our communities experience homophobia it is not our issue alone, it is that of a society which labours under the weight of heteronormativity, a political lie. Heteronormativity, a “concept that reveals the expectations, demands, and constraints produced when heterosexuality is taken as normative within a society”. Therefore, by default labelling all non-conforming representations to the ideal sex, sexuality, gender identity, and gender roles i.e. LGBTI as deviant and legitimate targets for social sanction. The principal example of a social sanctions here Homophobia, a penalty to ensure compliance by all not just our communities to the norm.
While the Rainbow Nation champion’s action against homophobia, two barriers remain for us to overcome this root of all discrimination and persecution.
- How can we argue against homophobia when we may discriminate against for example effeminate men, people who identify as transgender and/or bisexual?
- We do not tend to embrace the full diversity of the Rainbow Nation rather we tend to engage in similar normative themed arguments as our detractors.
Whether I was born this way or not
AS I AM
The reality of the Rainbow Nation
The B of LGBT
The B in LGBT is a blog entry by @tcwaters reflecting on a story about perceived biases against people who identify as bisexual titled Lady Gaga Is Not an Ally to Our Community on The Bilerico Project. @tcwaters does not deny that people who identify as bisexual are not members of our community it just he has never thought about it previously until he read the Bilerico Project article. The author makes two interesting observations that Lesbian and Gay men may or may not really consider the bisexual experience and that we are not really one big homogenous “community.
I use many different labels to define my identity including Queer, Gay & Bisexual but never heterosexual discounting it as a nonsense. In my early teens, I often thought of myself as bisexual, however, I could not say that I really was but it gave me comfort. Therefore, I can comfortably say that bisexuality is no alien concept to me it is a reality that your love is not limited by arbitrary gender divisions.
The Rainbow Nation
The dream, that one day the diverse communities of the Rainbow Nation will sit down together in an open and frank conversation to address strategically the discrimination we all experience. In a hostile heteronormative world, even with all the advances over time we still fight everyday to defend our right to be who we are. Our greatest barrier it seems is the lack of leadership to breach our internal biases, which see us discriminate against our own. This situation sees us construct, maintain, and reinforce politically convenient divisions, which in turn perpetuate the sameness that imprisons us. We like other marginalised people sit on the back stoop of the Master’s mansion fighting over scraps from his trashcan while trying not to be shot.
The greatest threat to our rights is ourselves
Only United shall we overcome
Sadly, on this most sacred of days, some seek to score political points through perpetuating the ignorance of hate. @JimWallaceACL self titled Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby contribution to ANZAC Day 2011
“Just hope that as we remember Servicemen and women today we remember the Australia they fought for – wasn’t gay marriage and Islamic!”
My questions to Jim are as follows
What Australia did the service personal fight for over the past 96 years?
Where in the Bible does it say you must hate people because of who they are?
When did bigotry, ignorance and hate become Christian values?
How do some people who claim to be Christian reconcile their hate with the words and recorded deeds attributed to Jesus?
Is homophobia & xenophobia true Australian values? is that what our service personal fought for and died for?
Lord, feel pity for these ignorant people and open their eyes to the true diversity of your creation.
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Background InformationPolicy about homosexuality in the U.S. military mandated by federal lawPub.L. 103-160 (10 U.S.C. § 654).
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