Note To Queer “Radicals”: Invoking “Stonewall” While Vandalizing The HRC Doesn’t Make You LGBT Revolutionaries
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Last night a “radical LGBT group” calling themselves The Right Honorable Wicked Stepmothers’ Traveling, Drinking and Debating Society and Men’s Auxiliary “glamdalized” the Human Rights Campaign DC Action Center and Store with pink paint. Michael Cole-Schwartz, Director of Communications for the HRC said “It’s unfortunate that after a marriage win in New York that represented an unprecedented coming together of LGBT groups, some are more interested in fostering division in the community.”
In the RHWSTDDSMA’s press statement (ugh, press statements are such conformist commercialist bullshit) they called the HRC store “a god awful monstrosity”, contrasted DC’s under-budgeted LGBT services to HRC’s $50 million budget, and compared themselves to the Stonewall rioters.
Yeah, um… not so much.
From their press release:
The modern LGBT movement owes its success to three days of smashing, burning, punching, and kicking [in the Stonewall riots]—all of it happily indiscriminate—and the confrontational tactics of groups like ACT-UP that followed in the decades since. Yet, somehow we’ve forgotten our riotous roots…
Everyone: We know you mean well, but stop giving these idiots your money. Stop putting that equal sticker on your car. Stop going to their lame galas. And for the love of Judy Garland’s Ghost and Robert Mapplethorpe’s Zombie Bones, stop saying “It Gets Better” and hoping for a miracle from up on high… it’s time for us to quit with the passivity, move to action, build community and care for each other instead of hoping the Gay Non-Profit Industrial Complex will ever get anything done.
There’s so many things wrong with this statement that it’s almost beneath comment… but we’ll go there anyway.
First off, the Stonewall rioters weren’t anonymous vandals who indiscriminately threw paint at a gay business in the dark of night, they were plain LGBT citizens who fought day and night specifically against police harassment. Even ACT-UP had the guts to conduct their business in broad daylight with their faces uncovered and their convictions hanging out for all to see.
Secondly, how does splattering paint on an HRC store help “build community and care for each other”? The RHWSTDDSMA could have better used their press release to actually list things queers can do to help DC’s community. Or even better, they coulda cut the shit and created a public campaign to pressure the HRC into donating some of their millions to DC’s LGBT organizations.
But RHWSTDDSMA couldn’t do any of those things because they’re not really revolutionary; they’re reactionary. Last time I checked, specifically targeting a gay business for vandalism is a hate crime, no matter if you’re gay or not. Their action leads us to believe their press release when it says they had been “snorting ritalin and drinking whiskey all night.”
This pink paint attack also reminds us of when someone anonymously spray-prainted “Stop Leaving Queers Behind” on the HRC headquarters. No one claimed that one. And while the HRC store attack seems like the handiwork of the billboard-defacing, church-disrupting queer group Bash Back, their press releases were much more concise.
Lay off the Ritalin and whiskey, kids.