There are few things I enjoy more in life than making fun of the Far Right. And trust, me they sometimes make it way too easy.
From the fun of talking about "Homosexualizing" and "Transgenderizing" to the word play of teasing about "quires" (a misspelled version of "queers"), it's clear that many of us have the same reaction to made-up hate speech and the sheer ignorance of fundamentalist bigots: crack some jokes.
While some may see this as just a fun pastime or even a complete waste of time, I actually think it is a very effective way of marginalizing equality opponents and chipping away at the small amount of credibility they have left.
And it's a really fun pastime.
There are some pretty high profile examples of how mockery and humor have basically neutered some right-wingers. The across the board panning of the National Organization for Marriage's ridiculous "Gathering Storm" Commercial and their misspelled "Same Same Sex Marraige" Commercial has pushed the already fringe group further into disrepute.
The same can be said of NOM's spokesmodel, Former Miss California Carrie Prejean. While some feared the "opposite marriage" supporting beauty queen might become another Anita Bryant, the constant jokes and ridicule quickly marginalized her message and made her just an easy punch line on late-night TV.
Humor has long been an effective tool. It can get people thinking, express a strong point of view, and diminish your opponent's argument all while being non-threatening. It can be extremely valuable in reaching that "mushy middle" of undecided people when it comes to our rights and equality.
Along with protest, working within the political system, and other forms of persuasion, humor can go a long way in changing minds and shaping views without people even realizing it is happening. This subversive means of fighting back against bigotry is just another tool in our toolbox that we shouldn't so quickly discount.
Obviously humor can be hurtful to our community as well. We have been the punch-line of bad homophobic humor or relegated to the role of gay minstrel. But humor has also been used to move our cause forward. People like Stephen Colbert, with his special brand of subversive humor, reach huge, broad audiences and point out the complete absurdity of right-wing thought, especially in regards to our community.
Let's be honest, our community excels at zingers, one-liners, and sarcasm, so why not harness it as a force for change? So go out and continue "homosexualizing", "transgenderizing", "bisexualizing", and "lesbianizing" (which sounds like something you do to windows to keep the winter cold out, in my opinion) the conversation. Point out the utter absurdity of the right-wing talking points. Make them the butt of jokes and make people take a second look at them every time they speak.
While sometimes you may just be preaching to the queer "quire", you never know who might just crack a smile and start to think.