I’ve been called faggot, homo, queer, long before I even knew what gay was. I support gay rights because I know what it’s like to feel the wrath of bigotry, both racism and homophobia, even though I’ve never been gay. I guess from the standards of “normal”, I probably do seem queer to many. Because of that, I became very homophobic myself. Being hated by that many people can’t be a good thing. But it didn’t take long to realize that I was also treated exactly the same way, for just being Black. They stopped calling me fag, and started calling me chink, or nigger, or jap. No matter what part of the country I was in, I was treated the same, just with different labels.
Black people should be the last ones to perpetuate homophobia. We, of all people, know what it’s like to be punished by label. Lest we forgot, they drag niggers and queers alike behind bumpers. Swastikas are sprayed on both of our porches. It doesn’t matter who suffered longest or worst, neither group should have ever faced any form of discrimination. We need to work together to end bigotry. We can’t fight to end one form of discrimination, while perpetuating another. That’s not how karma works.
I’m not saying everybody has to like gays and embrace homosexuality. Just like I’m not expecting everyone to suddenly love all Black people. All I ask is that we respect each other as equals. Treat each other as human beings. At the very least, stay out of each other’s way, rather than being obstacles out of spite or indifference.
Racism ends when White people care about it. Homophobia ends when straight people care about it. Sexism ends when men care about it. Bigotry ends when we all stand up against it. Together.