Thinking about lil nas x. Thinking about how literally less than a month ago, I was seeing thinkpieces about potato heads having gender and how my generation is soooo sensitive. Thinking about how often I've been told "don't like it don't look" bc "whhaaaat the sandwiches are good" or "they were just JOKING" or "people have a right to serve whomever they want, go find another cake shop if it bothers you, oh my god."
Thinking about how many times I've heard the words "music used to be ABOUT something." Thinking about all those gotcha jokes where the set up is "if that was my son, why i would" and the punchline is that they'd love him, right, because it's funny we are at risk of being traumatized. Thinking about this quote I read today about disrespect - that there's plenty of people who think respect means "accepting as the absolute authority". Thinking about religious trauma and the "battle for the soul of the nation".
Thinking about how fighting them off shouldn't be his job. Thinking about how preformative this pearl clutching is; how it's just asinine rhetoric to cover blatant bigotry. Thinking about how I am scared to hold her hand sometimes. Thinking about bravery. Thinking about how the first pride was a riot. Thinking - holy shit. He just saved so many lives, and i hope he knows it.
Itâs about taking the power away from a scary thing. Tell a queer kid theyâre going to Hell now and they can shrug and say, âcool, Iâll be down there taking a turn on the stripper pole.â