Staying Strong: Anti-LGBT Politics and Beyond

BTL Staff
By | 2016-06-11T09:00:00-04:00 June 11th, 2016|Opinions|

by Glenda M. Russell, Ph.D.
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WHAT HURTS ?

. Hearing lies – Encountering distortions and outright lies about us and
our lives, and feeling unable to challenge them.

. Being stunned – Feeling shocked, afraid, numb, and sad as we recognize
the depth of homophobia in our world.

. Feeling abandoned – Feeling like people who matter to us don’t care
and won’t stand up for our rights, even finding that some coworkers,
neighbors, friends, and even family are voting against us.

. Feeling divided as a community – Seeing stark divisions in the LGBT
community based on political strategies, racism, sexism, classism,
rural-urban splits, etc.

. Self-doubt – “Internalized homophobia” – discovering that we still
have doubts about ourselves and the community and about our absolute
right to absolutely equal treatment, etc.

WHAT HELPS ?

. Forging a movement perspective – Recognizing that any election is just
one frame in a feature-length film, one small piece of the human rights
movement; realizing it’s not about me.

. Getting active – Doing political work, speaking out, joining a queer
organization, going to PFLAG meetings, working toward other people’s
human rights

. Finding friends – Locating and recognizing people who DO care – LGBT
and straight – cultivating relationships with them and working with them.

. Being in Community – Being with like-minded people who remind you that
you are not crazy

. Working on our own internalized homophobia – acknowledging it, name
it, talking about it with friends or with a therapist, finding ways to
move beyond it, helping friends to do the same

Staying Strong: The Three A’s

Analysis: Forge a political/movement analysis of the meaning of this
election.

Allies: Find friends who care.

Activism: Do something.

About the Author:

BTL Staff
Between The Lines has been publishing LGBTQ-related content in Southeast Michigan since the early '90s. This year marks the publication's 25th anniversary.