And into individual—not group—liberation.
Thank you for republishing this article, which is so personal and clear in laying out your struggle with the contempt and hatred that you have faced so bravely. In comparing homophobia to racism and antisemitism you touch many hearts that have struggled with the internalized effects of prejudice. You have touched my old, straight, white, male, privileged, Christian heart as well. All of us have struggled with the internalized effects of categories, both categorizers and the categorized. Let us focus instead on what we have in common, our humanity and becoming humane.
I loved this piece. It takes some time and deep thought to realize that your differences have been hijacked by victim farmers and you are at risk of slipping into their debilitating vulnerable narcissism from all the attention.
We will earn the celebration of transcendence of the human condition to the next level of human rights when our pride parades are simply those of human pride and nothing else.
Wish you well, Stephen.
So many of us spend so much of our time on this site--often rightly--criticizing wokeness, but let's not forget what it was a reaction against.
Very refreshing, thank you. The situation you aspire to is the one I thought we were establishing in 2008 or 2012 before the identarian nightmare really took off everywhere.
Relatedly, I just finished reading an article in the Times about gender relations, and I was asking mysefl why they even bother tweaking the writing at all. Essentially they are Bart Simpson at the blackboard, writing "Women Good, Men Bad" thousands of times. And congratualting themselves each time on how brave and transgressive they are.