A former student at my high school recently told me about his experience as a gay teenager in eighth grade. He has revealed the friendships he has lost and the reputation attacks he has faced, including many claiming he “pretends to be gay to be friends with girls.”
Despite this, he expressed his gratitude for living in a society that has made great strides towards inclusion: “In recent years, I have become more proud to express who I am,” he said. “I am blessed to be able to celebrate and be who I am in our country. ”
He’s not wrong. According to a Gallup poll released earlier this month, a record 70% of Americans support same-sex marriage, including a majority of Republicans for the first time in history (55%). Progressives have always led the charge on LGBTQ rights, but more and more conservatives are showing full support and recognition of the community.
Such pressures for inclusiveness have led to the flourishing of LGBTQ people in various sectors of the workforce. Gay men and women are statistically overrepresented in areas such as law, psychology, social services and university education.
LGBTQ voices have also been very prolific in the arts and popular culture where gay, lesbian and transgender themes abound. The final season of Aziz Ansari’s award-winning Netflix series “Master of None”Published last month focuses on a tumultuous romantic relationship between two women and their attempts to conceive a baby through IVF. The most critically acclaimed body of music released over the past two years is that of Tyler the Creator.Igor”- a high profile narrative album detailing Tyler’s relentless pursuit of his male crush.
A bench 2020 investigation found that Western Europe (Spain, Germany, France, etc.) and North America (Canada, United States) have the highest levels of acceptance of homosexuality. Meanwhile, sexual minorities in the Middle East, Africa and parts of Asia do not enjoy the great freedoms offered by our society. Recently, a gay Iranian was reportedly killed by his family because of his sexual orientation, sparking international outcry.
Such events – commonplace in more than 60 countries around the world where homosexuality is banned – serve as a grim reminder of the pervasive bigotry against LGBTQ people in various parts of the world. In Western countries, the Liberalism Project has succeeded in recognizing the humanity of the LGBTQ community and strengthening the fabric of our society. As journalist Bari Weiss recently declared in his recent appearance on Jordan Peterson’s podcast, “I can walk down the street with my wife and go get a falafel. . . and not be stoned to death. . . it’s a miracle.
Rather than celebrating all of the progress that the LGBTQ community has made in our society, today’s elite liberal discourse is obsessed with the multiple, interlocking oppressions that LGBTQ members face. A dark and victim-based stream of cynicism dominates many activist circles. The largest gay lobby group, the Human Rights Campaign, to complain those who are “multiplied on the margins and excluded by systems and institutions because they are people of color and LGBTQ”.
If our society is compared to an egalitarian utopia without prejudice, then of course it will always be insufficient. But it is a formula for perpetual misery.
Understanding the trends in history is often quite humbling. As late as the 1960s, for example, homosexuality was classified psychiatrically as a mental illness and gay American citizens could be legally deported because of their “psycho personality.” Such drastic measures are unimaginable and unbeknownst to the class of young activists who claim to be “oppressed” in their Ivy League dormitories today.
Failure to recognize societal progress creates the illusion that our society is the most transphobic and homophobic on the planet when in fact the opposite is true.
This distortion has led the wide-awake crowd to radically discriminate against anyone perceived to be hostile to LGBTQ causes. This year, the organizers of NYC Pride banned gay cops in their annual parade until at least 2025 because of the “fear” and “evil” they create. In Seattle, organizers of a pride event charge white attendees a $ 50 repair fee.
We don’t need to look any further than Abigail Shrier’s book “Irreversible Damage,” which examines the rapid rise in the number of adolescent girls identifying as transgender. The honest exploration of an alarming phenomenon opposed by activists has led to vigorous censorship efforts on Spotify, temporary deletion from the bookshelves of Target, a leading ACLU lawyer calling for his prohibition, and last week a mysterious retraction from a favorable review in a leading science blog. Such Puritan extremism is becoming the new normal.
Celebrating the LGBTQ movement and criticizing its radical abuses are not mutually exclusive. Many strong supporters of LGBTQ causes are in fact troubled by the discriminatory actions of activists today.
During Pride Month, we must reflect on the hard-won rights of a historically marginalized group with both gratitude and an enlightened perspective. And we must also continue to fight bigotry and discrimination everywhere, including excessive prejudice from the strongest and most radical voices of the LGBTQ movement itself.
Rav Arora writes on race, culture and crime and is based in Vancouver, Canada. Twitter: RavArora1