It’s about more than ‘po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences’

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I didn’t think that there could be a group within our com­mu­nity that an­noyed me more than the per­form­ers over the two stripes Philadel­phia added to the rain­bow flag, as if that now sacrosanct sym­bol hasn’t ever been changed (it has), com­mod­i­fied (on myr­iad oc­ca­sions) or ap­pro­pri­ated (the rain­bow po­lice cars – my god). But, when some­one tried to mur­der Repub­li­can con­gress­men two weeks ago, lib­er­als, in­clud­ing in our own com­mu­nity, pros­trated them­selves so strongly when it came out it was a Demo­cratic voter out to kill Repub­li­can of­fi­cials over “po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences.”

I don’t want any­one to get shot, and that goes from peo­ple who dare be black be­fore po­lice all the way up to the pres­i­dent. I am aw­fully sorry for the vic­tims and their fam­i­lies. But I am quite turned off by the idea that the only dif­fer­ence be­tween me and Steve Scalise is “po­lit­i­cal.” Be­cause in the fight for LGBT+ rights, we carry all of the costs, and those who op­pose our right to live openly carry none. Me and the Repub­li­can Party do have mere po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences, like school choice, what an ap­pro­pri­ate tax rate is and whether or not we should have a buy into Medi­care. But, when it comes to me, my hus­band and our fam­ily, our ba­sic day-to­day abil­ity to live rests with peo­ple like Steve Scalise: when he wins (and his party con­trols the whole gov­ern­ment), we lose. When we win, his life doesn’t change in the least.

We don’t merely share “po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences” with peo­ple who don’t want us to be able to spend time with our spouses in hos­pi­tal. Scal- ise’s fam­ily was with him while he suf­fered in hos­pi­tal af­ter he was shot; in Scalise’s per­fect world, we wouldn’t be al­lowed to visit our shot spouses in the ex­act same sit­u­a­tion. We would also need sep­a­rate health in­sur­ances be­cause gov­ern­ment-sanc­tion of one’s re­la­tion­ship is how that is passed around, and we’d have less money to pay for any ex­penses be­cause we would be pay­ing in­di­vid­ual tax rates. And our boss could fire us if he doesn’t like LGBT+ peo­ple. If we fix all those holes in the law, Steve Scalise’s life changes not a whit. If we got ev­ery right we de­mand, our op­po­nents’ lives barely change. In­stead, be­cause of peo­ple like Steve Scalise, we fight about mar­riage equal­ity on the most ridicu­lous terms, like that straight mar­riages are some­how to be af­fected. Should trans im­mi­grant in­mates be treated like hu­man be­ings, Scalise’s life re­mains un­af­fected. If we add re­sources to fight the slaugh­ter of transwomen, or for­bid dis­crim­i­na­tion in hous­ing laws, or do some­thing to tackle LGBT home­less­ness, or paint rain­bow fuck­ing cross­walks all over Amer­ica, it does noth­ing to any­one else.

We bear all of the costs of this. The Steve Scalises of Amer­ica bear none. This is not a fair fight. It is not a free ex­change of ideas. It is sure as hell not a mere po­lit­i­cal dis­agree­ment.

Let me be clear: I do not want any­one shot. Any­one. But I also don’t want Democrats to weakly self-flag­el­late them­selves into pre­tend­ing there is eq­ui­table dis­agree­ment be­tween the par­ties be­cause a nut­case got hold of a gun and tar­geted the op­po­si­tion.

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