…t’s my fear. But I’m just not confident enough, and I’m scared, and I’m confusing effect for cause. We didn’t gain ground because milquetoast twitter personalities who audited an intro to cinema class once temporarily decided we were people. We’re the ones who made it unfashionable to treat us like shit. It’s hard to remember your own power is affecting the world when others still have so much more, and the privilege of acting like they invented all of it. None of it was granted because we were quiet and unobjectionable for a long enough time.
Which is actually why my first reaction to this announcement was so ambivalent and fraught. Because the pandering just makes me think about how easily things could change if the wind blew in another direction. Because the straight people trying to look cool by talking over queers about queer issues obviously really do hate us and are they going to realize it and decide it’s time to join the other side? Is it a temporary whim we’re living on—should I be afraid of making them upset? Before they get mad enough at us for standing up for ourselves to side with the actual fascists. At the end of 2017, will it feel like the momentum’s shifted?
…y woke as fuck to be straight? Like you know what defies stereotypes: anyone being gay ever at all. I lent my friend Fern my PS4 over the holidays and she’s reported to me that all the women in Overwatch are gay, her girlfriend, and smoke weed. That’s the attitude I’d really like to see, not fighting over if it would be woker to have a more marginalized body be tokenized.