We LGBT Americans have had enough. Progress has been made in recent years, and it is welcome, but it is still but a pale shadow of the full rights we demand. It is time that the heteronormative majority recognized our rights. It is time that federal and state governments finally put in place and enforced laws to stomp out, once and for all, the rampant homo- and transphobia that still guide our sick culture.
What are these full rights we demand?
First and foremost, it is necessary that all Americans recognize our right to police public discourse about sex. We LGBT citizens represent a massive 3.8% of the US population, yet there remain people out there who are allowed to live and hold steady jobs while refusing to bow to our wisdom on all matters related to gender, marriage and child rearing.
This has to stop. It is a clear breach of our rights. Such holdouts against the triumph of our ideology must be silenced, and if they will not shut up and learn to think and speak as we tell them--if our demands continue to be ignored, we will have to respond by enacting yet stricter laws to threaten their employment and institutions.
Because enough is enough. Who do these people think they are claiming that "boys are boys and girls are girls", that humanity is "divided into two sexes"? Who brazenly continue teaching this sick ideology in their homes and churches--who ARE these people anyway?
The cognitive disconnect is impossible to credit. Don’t you people even understand where you live? You live in the United States of America. Don’t you realize that we LGBT activists have a constitutionally protected right to force you to parrot our every pronouncement?
The ongoing presence of these backsliders underlines a sobering truth about the hurdles we still face. Yes, thanks to the wisdom of the Obama Administration, and after many years (almost ten) of bitter struggle, we now control discussion of sex and gender in American public schools. Any public school district out of sync with our ideology will lose federal funding. Any teacher who doesn’t employ our psychojargon in the classroom will be publicly shamed and hounded out of a job. Which is as it should be.
But this isn't the endgame. America’s schools are only part of the picture. In homes and “religious” settings across the country, offensive ideas about sex and gender continue to be foisted off on innocent children. It is a scandal that must not be allowed to continue.
Everyone now recognizes that being LGBT brings with it a better understanding of human sexuality and family than that held by merely heterosexual citizens. The science is clearly on our side. We LGBT activists are the best people to direct education policy, and we now largely do direct it, but the important issue of how children are taught the facts of life in other settings remains far too open. This must change.
Those who persist in naysaying our plans on these new fronts will soon come to regret it. Especially, parents with "Christian" leanings had better get their priorities queered within the next few years or we are going to have to take the gloves off. That day will not be a pleasant one for those on the wrong side of history.
History moves inexorably forward. Our vanguard role is clear. And in the future we are bringing, the trans movement has a crucial role to play. Not surprisingly, it is here that the holdouts are most starkly revealed.
Incredibly, there are still parents out there who do not accept that their son, at age 4 or 5, has the wisdom and knowledge of sex to decide if he is a boy or a girl. There are still parents who think it is their right (rather than the right of LGBT-vetted school administrators) to decide what’s best for their children. It's hard to stomach, yes, but these people actually exist.
We’re now finding that some of these “parents” even get upset when they learn that schools have been instructed not to inform them of their child’s declared gender identity. Which is amazing. I mean DUHHH!--the schools are only doing it to protect your child, who may want to begin hormone therapy and live according to his or her or their or zir new identity.
Think about it. Here our school administrators are trying to protect your children from any undue or backward influence you might have on them, and all you offer in gratitude is complaints and threats.
Don’t you understand who you are threatening? We are the “Love wins” people, the people who lit up the White House in rainbow colors. And when we say “Love wins”, it means love as we define it. Anything you might have called love previously is now actually hate. Haven’t you people figured this out yet?
The fact is that we LGBT folks are getting fed up with the ongoing parental interference. Your child has rights after all. If your daughter decides she wants to be a boy during some months of her childhood, then she simply IS a boy. She has a constitutional right to allow us to declare her one. And once declared, she must remain a boy, that’s what she IS, and for her protection we insist you acknowledge our right to administer hormone blocking treatments and, eventually, breast removal.
Likewise if your son is seen at some point playing with a Barbie doll--quick, change his name from Dan to Demi and start the hormone therapy before his stubble starts to grow in. Later we'll remove the offending male parts, government paid. Sure, he may be in and out of psyche wards now and then, the hormones will lead to secondary health complications, but so what? He will grow up to join our movement! As he must.
In Britain, claims of gender nonconformity among young people have surged more than 900% in the past few years. In short, things are going as planned.
By interfering in the sacred process called Transition that only LGBT-approved doctors and administrators can guide, you only threaten your child’s well-being. Do you want to do that? Of course not. Do you want our laws to get even more invasive and punitive? No. Then why not just go along to get along? Why not be a good little rainbow butterfly and float on the hot air we blow? Because it's only going to get hotter.
Among that perverse demographic called "Christians", many people are waking up and choosing prudence over self-destruction. Like David Gushee, who has wisely abandoned Christian teachings on sexuality and embraced our rainbow revolution:
It turns out that you are either for full and unequivocal social and legal equality for LGBT people, or you are against it, and your answer will at some point be revealed. This is true both for individuals and for institutions.
Neutrality is not an option. Neither is polite half-acceptance. Nor is avoiding the subject. Hide as you might, the issue will come and find you.
This is the kind of Christian we can work with. Prof. Gushee, president of the Society of Christian Ethics, knows that in order to avoid our wrath, it is best to just submit. Unfortunately, there are many others out there who are not good Christians like Gushee, and who continue to put their hopes in a Jewish peasant from two-thousand years ago who managed to get himself crucified rather than in the leaders of our movement or prominent culture icons like Lady Gaga.
I have already said a few things about the importance of the trans movement. But I want to mention another issue that continues to put speed bumps in the path of our rainbow steamroller. Yes, I hesitate to even raise it because it’s now so passé, but there’s no telling what dinosaurs lurk out there. The issue is marriage.
We LGBT activists know what marriage is, as we should, since we rewrote the book on it. We rewrote it together with the Supreme Court last year. So it’s frankly mind-boggling that some people continue to think of marriage in terms of what their religious tradition or the history of the world (which stretches back a mere handful of millennia) tells them. To stick so stubbornly to such outmoded ideas when same-sex marriage has been accepted by a small fragment of the world’s population and for almost five years--it’s really a bit much to swallow.
Don’t you people know that one good way of determining what is true or false is to look at the calendar? It is now 2016. Think. Things accepted by a percentage of people in 2016 must be truer than things accepted by all humanity since the beginning of recorded history. It's called Progress. It’s obvious. You look at the year and the simple truth will hit you: If it’s past the year 2000, that must mean SERIOUS PROGRESS is happening. And progress being Ultimate Truth, and LGBT people having a UNIQUE ACCESS to Truth--it all points in the same direction, doesn't it? LGBT people are the VEHICLE OF TRUTH AND PROGRESS!
This is what is called a calendar syllogism. It’s both logically valid and perfectly true. We are the Vehicle. What does that mean? As follows: If you don’t want to become part of the pavement, watch your step as you cross the street.
Yes, it’s a lofty calling, being the Vehicle, but nobody should be surprised it fell to us. Being gay, trans or queer, we simply KNOW. We know the real meaning of sex and gender, the essence of marriage, how to raise and educate children, etc., etc. Which is why, again, we now insist on our full rights. For us who simply KNOW, full rights means the right to be right about whatever we claim and the right of anyone who disagrees to be called a bigot and suffer legal consequences.
That is another syllogism. Equally valid and true.
A bit of cultural history: We came into our Full Rights to Perfect Rightness thanks to a seismic shift in the understanding of liberal society, which we were sure to push along when we first discovered it. Yes, there are throwbacks and dead-enders in the American population who still believe in the old idea of "pluralism"--i.e. that groups with different faiths or ideas about fundamentals might still recognize each other’s rights to peace and prosperity and live side by side in the same republic. We were sharp enough early on to reject this outdated "pluralist" idea of America when we discovered the new concept called "diversity".
What "diversity" means is this: Any ideas of whatever cultural or ideological background can be respected and given space if they match our own ideas. And: Those who show thinking that diverges from ours are not to be considered diverse enough and must be silenced.
This "diversity" we’re championing is now the real meaning of America, as you will see by visiting any university campus. It replaces the old defunct practice of pluralism which allowed for far too much freedom in public speech and thinking and led to LGBT people feeling offended when other citizens didn’t show sufficient cognitive meekness.
Given the recent triumph of diversity over pluralism, Americans who hope to continue holding down a job must demonstrate their diversity by affirming us in our various LGBT identities. If you are not ready to affirm us in our Diverse and Full Right to Rightness, you are not a true American. You are just a bigot, and bigots are worse than the lowest criminals, some of whom might be LGBT people and thus have redeeming qualities.
We hold these Truths to be self-evident. The Sacred Truths that those alone possess who can claim an alphabetically-designated sexual identity (LGBTQwerty) will continue to march forward until the Rainbow Flag shall be All in All. You who do not bow to this Flag while there’s still time, where will you stand on that day?
I ask you that.
David Joseph Stern
Philadelphia LGBTQIA Human Rights Commission