With the national spotlight on LGBTQs, it doesn’t take long for the bigotry to commence from many racist white gays, buffoonery from attention whores, homophobia and heterosexism from too many so-called straight “allies.” Suffice to say for the month of June, I’m usually in this mode here:
And already it appears that this year will be no different, for reasons that are about to be clear. For the past couple of months, the debate has emerged once again as to whether or not Anderson Cooper is gay and if he is then he is under some obligation to come out of the closet.
[RED LANTERN RAGE RISING: POINTS BACK TO CASTIEL MACRO OF CUTE NERDY ANGEL RAGE]
This just in: Anderson Cooper owes you nothing! He has the God-given right to live his life as he sees fit and FUCK YOU for thinking and stating otherwise.
I don’t care if this pic is photoshopped, I will take a bound and gagged Anderson Cooper any way I can get him.
Personally I don’t know what his orientation is and quite frankly I don’t give a fuck. Actually, that’s a damn lie. Because his orientation is a news story I’d be all too happy to go undercover(s) for and and get to the bottom of. Because as far as Cooper’s sexy ass goes, gay or straight, he can tap it any day that ends in Y.
If Cooper was in the closet and attacking gays (like the legions upon legions of Log Cabin Republicans and gay conservatives), that would be one thing. THEN he would be fair game as far as I’m concerned. But he hasn’t. In fact he’s been doing a lot of good bringing attention to bullying and homophobia in our culture.
But Cooper being out and proud would do so many wonders for SOOOOOOOOO many people.
Like giving you gay fetishists another accessory to pine over? Did it ever occur to any of you bastards that maybe why he’s doing a series of stories on bullied gay youth is because he can do more good (sadly) being in the closet and bringing awareness to this issue as a presumed straight man rather than getting dismissed like the gay with an agenda like too many of us are already?
And speaking of Cooper’s career, you think the military is the only place that has the DADT policy? It’s everywhere. It’s just unspoken. As accomplished and exemplary as a journalist Mr. Cooper is, chances are his career would be over the second he came out of the closet. Not only that, but as someone else accurately pointed out, Cooper earned his fame as an international reporter/correspondent, and many of the countries he reported from have laws punishing homosexuality with jail time, beatings, or death. Were he to come out, he would be very limited in what he was able to do.
You think it’s a random happenstance why there are so few portrayals of LGBTQs in the media and that the majority of them are avatars of straight privilege? You think it’s sheer coincidence that so many high-profile celebrities, politicians, athletes and other major figures remain in the closet by any means necessary? Being invisible is part of being an LGBTQ. For many of us that’s the only way we’ve been able to survive. And contrary to popular opinion, cis-gendered, heterosexual IS NOT the default and being invisible in a society that forces you to do so, does not negate who you are.
Some choose not to be out because of necessity. Some choose not to be out because quite frankly, it’s no one else’s gawd damn business.
Cooper is a grown ass man and I think he knows best what decisions work best for him and doesn’t need to be dictated to how he should live his life. And you have to appreciate the irony and the hypocrisy here. Last I checked, the whole point of the gay rights struggle was for people to have the right to live their lives as they see fit. Isn’t that what we’re constantly griping about straights and conservatives, policing how we live our lives? And we can’t even afford that much respect to this man.
But cis-straight people will only accept us when we are honest and open about who we are?
REALLY?!!!! REALLY?!!!!!! Because being a visible minority ALWAYS goes over so well in this society. I’ve been out and proud as a visible Negro. We see how well that’s worked for me and mine for the past 400+ years in this country alone. We’ve also seen how well that’s worked for those who are visibly out. Ask Emille Griffith, Lawrence King, Duanna Johnson and Matthew Shepard and all the other heroes and heroines what being visible gets you.
What’s really disheartening is that he’s catching this much shade from so many members of the LGBTQ “community.” This also goes back to what I’ve stated previously in that while I continue to fight for LGBTQ rights, I got no use for the LGBTQ community reasons listed in the links above. But what really pisses me off is that too often, the main perpetrators of this bullshit are speshul white womynz with the gay boy fetish. Because this bullshit here is by no means an isolated incident. It’s actually becoming the norm with each day.
It isn’t enough that they appropriate and police our identity, experiences and culture with fail after fail after fail but now they think they can fucking police our lives. Let me be abundantly clear, you lot aren’t doing us any favors. In fact, you’re part of the problem. You’re no allies to me and mine. In fact, most of us HATE YOU! And your shitty Livejournal fanfiction too.
This is also why more and more, I prefer rolling in POC-ran fandom spaces. Not to say that there isn’t privilege or fail or that POCs aren’t magically infallible, but it’s a far cry from the bullshit I see too often on most white dominated fandom/social justice spaces. Case in point. The spaces I run in, have countless WOC who love gay boys and hawt m/m action as much as white fangirls do. And as I’ve said before, I’ll never begrudge anyone for enjoying hawt man on man action. The difference however is, most of them don’t have that warped sense of entitlement that white privilege tends to bring. They also understand boundaries and treat queer peeps with the same humanity and respect that they wish to be treated with.
Keep maintaining Mr. Cooper. Oh just one thing.
[brushes off his shoulders]
All better now.
Like I said, any day that ends in Y.