Dear LGBT community,
We are fierce, opinionated and a force to be reckoned with. The one thing that bugs me about our community is how those having a difference of opinions are treated. For some reason, it feels like when anyone has a different view about specific LGBT topics, they become the enemy of the state. It's treated as a sin to have diverse opinions about anything involving our issues.
For example, many believe President Obama hasn't done enough for our community. However, there are many who believe the president has been good to us. The minute you voice that particular view though, you are considered an Obama apologist or an Obama-Bot. I can't tell you the number of times I've seen pro-Obama supporters get hounded by the anti-Obama folks on LGBT blogs.
Another example just happened right here on Bilerico Project when Bil wrote about Joe Solmonese leaving the HRC. The overall opinion seemed to be that Joe and the HRC were green-faced villains. Those who opposed that notion were one of the following: an HRC spy, anti-trans or a self-hating rogue. The reactions were proof that a different opinion is not always welcomed in an environment that should be open to a wide array of viewpoints.
I don't know how we moved into this mindset, but it needs to stop. We need to weigh all sides of the situation in order to create the best solution. It's okay to have different views on issues and it's okay to challenge others. But the minute we suppress others from expressing their opinions, we become our own worst enemy. We are better than that; and it's high time we start acting like a motivating force rather than a group of bitter barkers.