This video changed my life
Tumblr was on the news this morning. They said that Tumblr is a bad place because it ‘promotes self harm’ they said because of the whole thigh gap thing going on. They said that Tumblr only has skinny, almost anorexic girls. Please, we’re all obsessed with bands, food, porn, and gay fictional couples.
everyone fucking reblog this
Coming out is a duty: Every time a gay or lesbian person demands acceptance, they make it easier for others to do the same. We have the power to change people’s political and personal attitudes toward gays simply by being present and known to be gay; we can only exercise that power if we come out.
San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk got this right in 1978, when he admonished his fellow gays and lesbians to come out of the closet in order to build opposition to a ballot measure that would have banned gays and lesbians from teaching in public schools: “Come out to your relatives. I know that is hard and will upset them but think how they will upset you in the voting booth.”
This obligation is only stronger now that social acceptance of gays and lesbians is higher, meaning the cost of coming out has declined. And it lies particularly with those in positions of privilege and power, who have the resources to withstand negative reactions. Coming out was stressful for me like it is for most people, but let’s be real: Announcing that you’re gay in a wealthy family in a progressive suburb of Boston as you’re about to enter Harvard University is a pretty easy hand to play.
—Will Portman on “the duty to come out,” echoing The New Yorker’s Richard Socarides, who recently urged that “the most powerful political act any gay person can take is coming out.” (via explore-blog)
No. No no no. No.
There is no such thing as an “obligation” for oppressed people to make anything worse for them. It is solely and entirely the obligation of the privileged to remove the barriers that they have created to intimidate people into staying in the closet.
I’m surprised that the quoted even mentioned privilege, being so blinded by it. This may look like an easier tactic, but it’s wrong.