I even used the term “blaqueer.” Share the post luvs.
“It is not that the media cares that much when a white gay boy is murdered, but, rather it is precisely because historically such little care for and value in the bodies and deaths of queer people has been exhibited that it matters that someone such as Matthew Shepard can loom so large while the deaths of others, mostly queer people of color, can occur in the proverbial dark. And, we know this to be true because we can measure the inches and margins and words dedicated to various victims; the spaces of where these “eulogies” most frequently occurs tells us this charge to be true: Homonormative America cannot, will not, build a movement on the lifeless bodies of the black, brown, or nonconforming.”
I found a 2011 peice I wrote in resonse to Monique Ruffin’sDecember 2011 piece “It’s official gay is the new black” over on the Huffington Post; I share it to show how my argument, for better or worse, has not changed, and also to show how I stated before, this claim is not new. (I have also wrote about this at least 3-4 years ago in St Louis’ The Vital Voice) My old piece:
“Gay is the new Black” (GITNB); it is witty, catchy, and T-shirt consumer ready but the problem is it is overly simplistic and blatantly wrong. Monique Ruffin’s well intentioned article is simply the latest entry in a campaign to equate sexuality-based oppression with race-based oppression. An awareness is needed; we must look at the phrase “gay is the new black” and recognize that it simultaneously conflates oppression with fashion and replaces one oppression with another. We must ask ourselves: what does this mean and what are the consequences of this? In order for this to be true then one of two things must occur; either race-based oppression has ended (When did this happen?) or caring about race-based oppression is passé and tired. The consequences of this sentence, this campaign are many and profound:
It does no good to say “gay is the new black”; gay will never be the new black because black will always be black and gay will always be gay, and it is not that the two will never meet; it is that they already do and always have as long as these subjectivities have existed. Oppression by nature, as power’s enabler, works diffusively and creatively in multiple simultaneous ways–each feeding the other. We need articles detailing how oppressions are linked and examining the real world effects of these links (see the handling/reporting of the Lawrence King murder case).
Of course I could be flip and write what a friend of mine wrote to me on my Facebook page regarding Ruffin’s article; he wrote “when will they say ‘Big is the new Gay’?” I replied “You know never; gay people hate big people, especially [us] gay fat people, too much to let that happen.” But I can’t write that because that is like gay racism, we just can’t talk about that–hurts our mainstream campaign by showing that like others we oppress as we are currently being oppressed.