From what I can see and from recent news reports and social media activity, I’d say that the answer would be yes. LGBT activists have not be behaving at all well. There are a growing number of examples of gross intolerance from LGBT activists. These range from the hounding of Germaine Greer for expressing an opinion on Trans issues that the Trans activists do not like, through Kellie Maloney calling for those who disagree with the Trans narrative to be arrested for negative internet comments (see below). We can also travel back a few years and see gay activists deliberately setting up Christian bakeries and hoteliers for legal action*. We’ve also sadly I might add, seen those from the Bisexual community a group who have traditionally been rejected by both the gay and straight worlds becoming less and less tolerant of difference, in particular political difference.
The censoriousness of some LGBT activists has got to such a worrying stage now that I’m growing increasingly concerned that these activists may be feeding a potential public backlash against not only the activist class, but against the ordinary LGBT person on the street. That sort of thing I don’t need to tell you would be an unwelcome development. Such is the scale of the arrogance and intolerance of some LGBT activists, that even I, a person who has worked and socialised closely with LGBT people for many years, am starting to get cheesed off with what is going on.
The libertarian blogger and activist Old Holborn (@Holbornlolz ) summed up the current situation the best when he commented on Kellie Maloney’s demand on Sky News that those who question the narrative put out by Trans activists should be silenced by arrest. Old Holborn said on Twitter: “They (LGBT activists – Ed) fight for freedom and the minute they get it, they withdraw yours and mine.”
Here’s Kellie Maloney on Sky News making her monstrously outrageous call for the arrest of those who disagree with the Trans narrative.
I find it very difficult to disagree with Old Holborn’s comments on this issue. Freedom for LGBT people must also be balanced by freedom to criticise aspects of LGBT lifestyles, politics and beliefs. It is similar to how freedom of religion must also allow freedom from religion for those who choose it, and freedom to criticise religion or aspects of religion.
If things have got to the stage where even those of us who have a moderately socially liberal attitude to sexuality and gender are starting to concerned about censoriousness from LGBT activists, then we do indeed have a problem. As I’ve got older and learned more and also by becoming a parent, which does give you a different outlook, I’ve started to question some of the received wisdom of the LGBT activists,some of whom I once worked with and associated with.
For example: I don’t believe anymore in patient-led gender reassignment policies. I’ve seen far too many people for whom transition has not cured them of their internal sadnesses or other problems which has led me to believe that transition is not the cure-all for gender image issues that the Trans activists like to make it out to be. I’d also ban gender reassignment for anybody under the age of 21, because such a radical medical action should not be given to anybody who has not fully traversed the bodily and mental traumas of puberty. I’ve also come round to the idea of staggered ages of consent, with both gay and straight people generally able to to consent to sex at 16, but with a higher age of consent (20 or 21 in my view) for those sexual practises that are inherently risky, or where there is a surrender of power to another person, such as in BDSM for example. As regards LGBT parenting, I take the same view of it as I now do of single parenting, which is it’s an extremely difficult job and takes exceptionally stable, intelligent and emotionally well resourced people to do it properly. I’ve met LGBT parents whom anybody from almost any background could admire, but I’ve met other LGBT parents who I wouldn’t trust with a goldfish let alone a child, and I would say the same about single parents as well.
Some may look on my views as being reasonable, and some others may look at my views as extreme or anti gay or anti BDSM or anti Trans, and that is their right to do so. If people disagree with me, then the right thing to do is discuss it, and bring the data to the table. You show me your data and I’ll show you mine should be the name of the game. What should NOT be happening is people fearing arrest or being banned from speaking at Universities for saying they believe in monogamous heterosexual marriage, or saying that they think that transsexuals are ‘deluded’, or that bisexuals are ‘fence sitters’.
Freedom for all must include freedom for heterosexuals to criticise gay life, monogamous gays to criticise non-monogamous gays, genetic female feminists to criticise MTF/FTM transsexuals, ‘vanilla’ people to disagree with BDSM’ers and vice versa and so on and so on.
Back in the 1990’s I marched for the right of LGBT people to live their lives unmolested by attack from gay-bashers, but what I did not march for is the fascistic and overly censorious attitudes being shown by far too many from the LGBT community. Do I regret marching for equality back then? In general no, but when I look at the likes of Kelly Maloney wanting to bring down the full force of the law on those with a differing opinion,I sometimes wonder what sort of monster I have played a very small part in helping to create.
In a little over over 48 years since the passing of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act that decriminalised homosexuality between men, we have seen the LGBT communities go from wanting tolerance to wanting to bully those who disagree with them. The bullying has to stop, and equally importantly, the loudmouth activists need to shut their cake-holes. If the more activist members of the LGBT communities do not start to act in a much more circumspect manner, they will not only soundly piss off those outside their communities who should be counted as allies, but will also stoke up the possibility of a backlash against them from the general population.
It is unwise in the extreme for LGBT activists to assume that tolerance is purely a one way street, or that society’s tolerance for LGBT people and LGBT lifestyles is something of which there is an inexhaustible supply. I worry that there are those in the general population who look at the antics of LGBT activists and assume that this is representative of the LGBT population as a whole, when they often are not.
Ordinary LGBT people need to isolate and challenge the narratives put out by LGBT activists and not allow them to continue to spread their intolerant poison.
Finally, I’d like to say this: Being a member of a minority group in a majority society that feels or believes differently from you is difficult and sometimes requires compromises in order to get through the day. Those who are not prepared to compromise and make allowances for the differing views of others, are not only forcing themselves into ghettos of sexuality and gender, but are also giving ammunition to those who have a violent dislike of LGBT people. I don’t want to see a backlash against LGBT people, but the activist class are creating the conditions for a perfect storm. I believe therefore that it is now imperative that the ordinary LGBT person stands up to the political Left and the other extremists in the fields of sexuality and gender in order to prove to the world that they can put their own houses in order and slap down the extremists.
*It’s odd that so many LGBT activists choose to attack peaceful Christians for their attitudes to LGBT people and LGBT lifestyles but are worryingly silent and inactive when it comes to the greater danger of Islamic attitudes to LGBT people.
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