When We Focus on Marriage Equality, Who Do We Leave Behind?

Written by scott on April 21st, 2013

Last month at rallies outside of the Supreme Court, the Human Rights Campaign asked protesters to move their trans pride flag from behind the podium and censored a speech given by the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP) so as not to reveal the immigration status of the speaker.

Later, HRC, GetEQUAL and United for Marriage issued public apologies for “offending” those groups, and reminded them that they are committed to their issues. But this is more than a matter of unintentional “offensive” incidents. These are people being told that they must conform or get out of the way. These are people being told that their needs and experiences aren’t relevant to those making decisions in their communities. Yet this is nothing new for the mainstream gay rights movement.

Our most effective arguments for marriage equality have been ones that mirror the values of those who are in a position to give us access to the rights we seek. We seem overjoyed to explain time and time again that, just like them, we too believe in the supreme value of marriage and the nuclear family. In order to support this argument and present ourselves as a non-threatening community of good citizens, we’ve actively excluded and suppressed those of us who depart from the values of the heterosexual majority, leaving our most marginalized brothers and sisters behind.

Authored By Drew Ambrogi – See the Full Story at The Washington Blade

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1 Comments so far ↓

  1. Lucinda says:

    I don’t believe that we have left others behind any more than Dr. King left behind those who were gay and Black. As he did, we are taking focusing on one issue at a time. There are those who are working on immigration issues and trans issues. But that day at the Supreme Court was about the marriage issue.

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