Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Once Upon A Time When Homophobia Was Less Subtle

There doesn't seem to be much going today when it comes to the LGBTQ community and the anti-LGBTQ industry, so I thought I would take a jaunt through the history of homophobic images via a publication I have used on many occasions.

Homosexuality: Legitimate, Alternate Deathstyle was created and published in the mid 1980s by a man named Dick Hafer. As you can see below, it spotlit all of the anti-LGBTQ stereotypes of the day and presented them as facts. And as you can also see by the second image, several noted public figures at the time (including a Congressman who died this year), endorsed it as fact. There really is no need to refute this booklet because it basically refutes itself.  But it's important for that things like it be remembered for two reason:

1. It is a wonderful, albeit nauseatingly foul, historical resource on homophobia in the United States.

2. If you took a look at the images, you would see that the religious right/anti-LGBTQ industry are saying pretty much the same things about our community as this book, but with more subtlety and less shock.  It's not that hard to go from "homosexuality is a dangerous lifestyle" to "Christians need religious liberty to protect their rights from the homosexual agenda."

(Click on the images to make them larger)

'Starbucks scapegoats trans manager for employee's actions' & other Wed midday news briefs

A Starbucks in Oklahoma fired its transgender manager after a policeman complained about her employee's actions; actions she knew nothing about until it happened and then tried to rectify.

Starbucks fired a trans manager after a cop complained on Facebook about her employee - Not only did she NOT have anything to do with the incident, but as manager, she attempted to rectify the situation. It's ridiculous what happened to her.

Trump's LGBTQ 'pride' merchandise is a hypocritical insult to queer Americans - No shit!   

SHOCKER: Senate confirms Trump nominee as highest-ranking out gay judge - What's the catch?

For LGBTQ Youth, Human Rights Day Has Special Meaning - Wonderful commentary.