Last year, The Pride Network hosted a day-long event, Students Promoting Equality Action and Knowledge, SPEAK Summit, where a few hundred students gathered to sharpen their leadership skills as LGBTQ young people.
Cut the crap. Before you clench your teeth (or your pearls) and run to your Facebook wall to exclaim that we’re self-hating, listen to us please! One of us is white and the other Latino. Both of us have white privilege, albeit through complicated lenses, we are well aware of that privilege. So, listen to us because after so many letters from people of color explaining to you how oppressive, insulting, and ignorant you might be there still seems to be something in your mind that is telling you that you’re right and they’re wrong. As two gay men who look like you and have a similar enough world experience to you: stop it. As gay men with white privilege, we want to explain to you how oppressive and embarrassing you are. And this could apply to any of you that are non-heterosexual white men, so listen up.
As we gather around the table for a Thanksgiving dinner or volunteer at a local community center, let’s all take a second to be thankful for the victories that our community has seen recently. I stopped the list at 10, but I know there are plenty of reasons, and I’d love to hear them. Share why you’re thankful this Thanksgiving in the comments below.
I am ashamed of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people right now. We’ve had a great tragedy in our community, and few of us have reacted with even an ounce of the effort we’ve put into the fight for marriage equality.