Why are queer rights such a vital human rights issue? I don’t mean the right to marriage or those legal hoops we so often need to legitimize relationships. I mean basic human rights. Let’s face it, the history of human rights isn’t so great – different times have chosen religious judgements as the ideal way to deny certain sectors rights to justify taking away property or money.
Accuse a woman of being a witch, burn her at the stake and take her cottage. Criminalize gay and then accuse a man/woman of being a queer and suppress/discount anything they might say. Plus keep them away from the children, whose minds are so fragile the sight of men kissing could ruin them for life.
Russia has used this ‘protect the innocent minds’ as part of their treatment of queers. Arizona tried to pass a law that would allow one to refuse service to gay people as an act of ones religious freedom.
The danger is that there is no burden of proof. Much like ‘gay panic’ as a defence for murder (he gave me a queer look, he touched my privates so I had to defend myself). The burden of proof is so slanted that those accused of being queer have no defence, if they they aren’t queer.
Denying gays human rights becomes the perfect smoke screen for suppressing any dissidents. That list of 200 prominent gay Ugandans – how many were on the list merely so the government could shut them up, jail them away, regardless of their sexual orientation.
April 21, Monday – featuring – Lizzie Violet’s Poetry Open Mic at The Amsterdam Bicycle Club – 7:30 – doors and open mic sign up, 8:00 – start – 54 The Esplanade, Toronto https://www.facebook.com/events/1379693865637955/
April 27, Sunday – attending – Julie Czerndea Workshop http://chiseries.ticketleap.com/chiseriesworkshop-julie-czerneda/
June 6-8 – attending – Bloody Words
June 23-27 – attending – Manuscript to Book – Loyalist Summer Arts – Belleville, Ont https://www.facebook.com/events/589522924455695/
August 28-31 – attending – FanExpo Canada http://www.fanexpocanada.com
Arizona vs NFL
in this defeated
Arizona religious freedom act
there was no burden of proof
gay was in the eye of the beholder
the only recourse
for the innocent heterosexual
perceived as gay
was to pull out a gun
stand your ground and shoot
the beholder in self defence
because the only thing worse
than being who you are
is being perceived
as something you are not