Because I’m not interested in reorganizing the Gay Rights Movement around people who have never experienced homophobia.
TRIGGER WARNING—anti-gay/anti-trans* violence, language, and other homophobic/transphobic things
I’m curious…why do you think people who identify as queer have never experienced homophobia?
I identify as queer, and I received death threats, had bottles thrown at my head, and I put up with several years of being called “the fat dyke” (among other equally disturbing monikers) by my peers…all of which occurred during middle school and high school. And not just by my peers. Their parents, people in my town, random strangers whose names and faces I will never know or see again. It seems like everyone had an opinion about my identity before I even reached the age of 18.
Then, as a trans*-identified person, I was repeatedly told that I’m disgusting, horrifying, disfigured, mentally ill, and many other things I care not to repeat. I was told I would never amount to anything, that my gender will always be a handicap, that I am less of a human being for doing with my body as I see fit.
So again, I ask: why do you think people who identify as queer have never experienced homophobia?