Hate Crimes Bill A Victory?
Submitted by Andrew
The “Hate Crimes” bill is an aspirin to the LGBT Equality headache. A little something for the symptom, but nothing for the problem. It does not create or contribute to our equality.
HRC and other professional LGBT advocacy groups operate with a mindset that seeks to delay equality for as long as possible. They have no incentive to do anything quickly. Because of this – most of our donations are wasted on salaries, not strategies.
Equality is something we – as a movement – will have to do. We are not much closer to equality than we were 40 years ago and WE DO NOT HAVE A MOVEMENT. If we did, more than 10% of our Community would actually be involved.
The Hate Crimes Bill may have a placebo effect and lessen our pain and frustration for a moment – but, it should not be celebrated as a “victory.” It does not contribute to our equality – it only punishes bad behavior.
Our equality relies on changing minds (like these young men were doing in Maine, door-to-door: http://www.queerty.com/2-minutes-of-your-time-a-maine-marriage-equality-canvassing-diary-20091030/) and not on changing laws. Laws do not create equality – people do.
Collectively we seem to keep obscuring the real goal – equality. “Equal Rights” are not equality. Making us a “special class,” “protected class” or a “minority” only perpetuate our differences – instead of confirming our “sameness.” As a gay white man I do not want to be “tolerated” or “protected.” I would rather not gain “minority” or “victim” status, either. I think it is counterproductive. We will be equal when people believe we are. Unfortunately, the scattered efforts within the LGBT Community seem completely fixated on “equal rights” and not equality. They are very different.
I am not dismissing any efforts or their sincerity, but I am asking that we reconsider our goal. If we truly want equality we must have conversations with our fellow citizens – friends, family, neighbors and even strangers. Two thirds of our fellow citizens will support us, but we are not having those conversations. We need to. We need to ask for their help.
Perhaps, instead of spending all our resources on political and judicial solutions, we should focus on creating a viable strategy and plan for our equality. One that will unite our community and ignite a real, sustainable “movement.”
I have organized a series of meetings in Dallas and other cities to give full consideration to ideas, tactics and strategies that lead to LGBT Equality. These are very honest, objective discussions that have delivered many attractive proposals.
I have done this with an open invitation to everyone in our community – nobody needs permission or endorsement. This has lead to some very encouraging possibility and promise.
Please join us for these important meetings Thursday evenings at 7pm at the iLume Complex, 4123 Cedar Springs Rd. Dallas, TX (Enter on Knight Street). Or email me for Updates: [email protected]
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