An article on right-wing criticism of LGBTQ Pride events in Sweden, Tolerance with conditions is bigotry in disguise on Digital McGyver caught my attention:
This leads to something that I can only describe as a rant about how “these things” stigmatize LGBT people and makes “politics of private issues”. It boils down to a variation of “why do gays have to flaunt their sexuality in public” and paints the organization for Stockholm Pride as a “cultural leftist organization”. Then it goes on stating that it’s “the modern society’s lack of norms and fix points that has created mental ill health and social problems”.
What Skyttedal actually says here is that she can accept LGBT persons who aren’t “deviant with radical opinions”. I have to assume that “radical opinions” means having the same opinions as her.
It’s the usual bigotry disguised as moral panic and demands that gay people fall in line and act just like everyone else. That’s why this article caught my attention — not because the problems described are unique but because they are so familiar. The article could have easily been written about a conservative from the United States.
Recently, Occupy Austin had an activist visit from Barcelona, who was part of the revolutionary movements in Spain. The problems they face, and the issues they target were strikingly similar to our own, and his list of their top issues they’d compiled was similar to ours except perhaps in different order. Austerity, access to education, the corruption of the economy by the big banks …
Not only has the modern age of social media and citizen journalism connected movements worldwide, it also reflects the universality of our problems. Local issues matter, but they frequently boil down to the same root causes — and doesn’t it all come back to money and unequal distribution of wealth?
This is the latest myFDL open thread. What’s on your mind?