Bil Browning

Just when you thought the gay agenda was complicated

Filed By Bil Browning | October 15, 2010 4:00 PM | comments

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Tags: gay agenda, Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling, Order of the Pheonix, plot chart

Do you ever get frustrated with the seeming lack of planning around LGBT issues? Tired of the gay agenda looking more like a kindergarten drawing than a roadmap for success? 0439358078.jpgWeary of trying to decipher what the hell is really going on and how it all relates?

Author J.K. Rowling charts out the plots for all of her Harry Potter books and a page of the graph for her fifth book, Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, has been leaked to the public. After taking a peek at this (and trying to decipher her handwriting), you'll realize that the gay agenda has a lot of work to do to be as organized as a children's book about magic.

Maybe what our movement needs is a good Scourgify spell casting.

The chart is after the jump. You can clickety to embiggen.

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No, what we need is Alohamora, directed at Congress and the White House.

I get it!
But now removing my tongue from my cheek, maybe we need to read less J.K. Rowling, and a little more Saul Alinsky. Just a thought.

It's hopeless. The community have been sabotaging themselves for thirty years. That isn't going to change.
We choose our leaders for looks and body instead of brains and character.
Every issue is hotly debated, and through self righteous and self destructive rationalizations, the loosing strategy always wins.
After we scorned marraige for 25 years, the public began supporting domestic partnership. We could have celebrated, sent task forces to fight for partnership in the States, and used those victories as momentum for more important issues. Instead, we did a quick 180, decided full marraige was now all important, and wasted massive resources in hick California and elsewhere.
That's just one example. It's been the same story over and over.
We ignored public opinion about doma, ignored the generals' role and blamed the Clintons for the dodt compromise, abandoned the Clintons' push for healthcare, etc...
Right now we could probably make prograss on enda, which should have been a top priority all along. But we'd have to compromise and let them deny trannies the right to be teachers. The public are granite on this question. But the self righteous crowd don't compromise, especially when there's a chance to sabotage us all.
Anyone who questions the group think or proposes a winning strategy is trashed in the most vile language. It happened to Larry Kramer and me and many others.
Bottom line: the community is too self destructive to plot a workable strategy. Maybe in 20 or 30 years they'll have healed themselves of self hatred. But so long as they won't even discuss internalized homophobia, we're not going anywhere. And nothing will change.

I am Trans and Taught
Life Science in Public School.
I laugh at Your screed.

Gender Protection
was not just about "Trannies"
But ALL fluid types.

You use third person
when You write "Community".
We don't wonder Why.

"Anyone who questions the group think or proposes a winning strategy is trashed in the most vile language. It happened to Larry Kramer and me and many others. Bottom line: the community is too self destructive to plot a workable strategy."

Let's hope we will finally embrace accountability and create a cohesive strategy to win, not simply survive. I believe one of our biggest problems are the myriad non-profit LGBT groups that seem more interested in raising money, than finishing the job.

I appreciate your comment and I think you're going to be surprised by the young people that see our struggle differently and are more impatient than we are. They have created some very exciting strategies that recognize we live in a new world. They are focused only on winning, not simply surviving. It looks promising.

I would love a copy of the Gay Agenda! Why is it that the people that say there is a a Gay Agenda are the ones that dislike everyone that is LBGT!
Maybe we actually need to come up with a Gay Agenda?

No Strategy. No Plan. No Victory.

It's been that way for +40 years. Old ideas die hard.

"Forty Years of No
Strategy, Plan, Victory..."
Shove your Hopelessness!

Counterproductive;
These attitudes are useless
boils to be lanced.

New Ideas Emerge
As the demographics change.
Feel your grip slipping?

New and Insightful,
We'll welcome real ideas.
Whilst alert for trolls.

Wendell Cochran | October 16, 2010 1:25 PM

Hello, I'm sick and tired of people, like Andrew, who seems stuck in an iconoclasic rut of compulsive grinching, negativity about everything and every body involved in GLGT activism that doesn't suit his particular viewpoint -- or to his complete and utter satisfaction. Perhaps this web report, where I depend on for reading about current issues and seeing other peoples' insights, would be more inviting if folks like Andrew would spend less time highjacking threads with is inance generalities and non-constructive criticisms. No doubt, Andrew would be happier if he sucked more c**k and less time on the computer. I try to skip his postings, but too frequently I inadvertently read his words and get boiling mad at his shitty attitude. Someone, please, send Andrew a fairy wand so he can change the world to his likeing in an ephemiral nano second of time. Unquestionably, he would surely find fault with the color, style, weight, length and the giver of that, too!

I'm sorry Wendell, I couldn't tell from your thoughtful comment if you believe we have a strategy or plan. Do you think we do?

I'm glad we don't have a plan. Because we all know who would write that plan. It would be wealthy, privileged, white homosexual older men. They'd write it and expect everyone to get on board and not question.

There is no plan because we aren't in complete agreement about what the goals are, and that's fine. We ought to each be deciding what is important to us as individuals, banding together with other likeminded individuals and pushing that or those issues hard, while respecting those that push others.

Not everyone is on board with spending time and resources on DADT appeal because they have legitimate concerns about the behavior and structure of the US Military. That is OK. I am a conscientious objector and I still lend my hand to the DADT fight, even though I deplore the military industrial complex. I have my reasons. I see different systems at work here. I also have absolutely no problem when my friends don't join me. Its not a fight they're on board with, and that's groovy!

Not everyone is on board with spending time and resources on securing marriage equality because they have a legitimate distaste for the institution. That is OK. Those folks see other issues as far more vital to day-to-day life than marriage--like securing employment protections, or securing immigration rights for same-sex binational couples. That's a good thing.

Who should set the priorities of my activism for me besides me? You know what affects my life a lot? I'm a former teacher. I think the bullycides are a monumental problem that needs to be a top priority. I can't sponsor my boyfriend for citizenship--that's a significant real problem in my life. I have been fired for being gay--that is a significant and real problem in my life.

No one is going to rank those for me, or tell me my priorities just aren't important enough to the whole to worry about right now.

A friend of mine who was graduating soon and leaving for Europe with no job, no apartment and no return ticket used to say all the time "The plan is there is no plan." There is something incredibly profound in those words.

We don't know what tomorrow holds, and noone can tell the whole community what the priorities ought to be--that your problems just aren't that important right now. How can we criticize the Government for taking that stance with our legislative goals, and then turn around and do it to one another?

The plan ought to be there is no plan. No "plan" in the grand sense. There should be dozens if not hundreds of smaller plans, all building, all co-existing and overlapping. When I step out of my agenda to put in a hand with DADT or Marriage, I'm not abandoning my principles, I'm not harming my own agenda at all. When we reach out and do what we can for those around us, we move closer to the great big amorphous goal.

The end goal looks different for everyone. To some, its full sexual liberation for themselves--the ability to wholly be who they are without repercussion or judgment. That is awesome. For others, the end goal looks like marriage, or an integrated army, or the ability to transition at work and be judged for the quality of the work you do, rather than whether or not your reality gels with the feelings of your stodgier boss. That is perfect.

For me, the perfect future doesn't look exactly like what the perfect future looks like to you. I think we should be OK with that.

So f**k 'The Plan.' If there was ONE plan for all of us, pretty much NONE of us would be able to see our goals through to the end anyway. Maybe that's been the problem. We've been spending SO much energy TRYING to come up with that plan, we're forgetting about the parts.

Anyway, I'm glad there's no map. I'd rip it up if there was one.

This comment is very disappointing, Phil.

I think you're confusing "priorities" with "Plan." The fact that a "friend" taking off for a trip to Europe suggested that "the Plan is there is no Plan" may be good for a vacation, but our Movement is not a vacation. It is a challenge.

No business in the world operates without a Plan - or they don't last very long. You can't even bake a cake without a Plan, let alone make it to work everyday. Suggesting we don't need a plan is lazy. We use Plans all the time or we fail.

As far as priorities are concerned not everyone holds them in the same "order," but as a community that doesn't prevent us from helping each other. It's a very weak excuse.

For LGBT people we have two major problems:

1) Homosexuality has been made "wrong" for centuries. We need to un-wrong it by re-branding "gay." We can wait for the cultural conversation to do that, or we can speed up that process.

2) Equality is the result of the majority of our fellow Americans standing with us. They will, but we haven't asked them.

If we create a strategy and Plan to solve those two problems everyone in our community benefits.

It is also offensive to suggest if we had a Plan it would come from "wealthy, privileged, white homosexual older men." Anybody can give thoughtful consideration to our goals, tactics, methods and organizations and come up with a Plan. They could be compared as to their effectiveness and we could create a strategy. Just because YOU don't want to invest in creating that Plan, doesn't mean it is necessary.

To base our pursuit of equality on a friend's obvious preference for "freedom," is silly. Let him have his freedom, we want our equality.