“We walk down the streets of San Francisco past the rainbow saturated businesses with that flag that supposedly represents us flying high. We are on our way to see a trick, our friends on their way to pick up hormones, on their way to stay at a “trans and lgbtq youth friendly” shelter. We are told that here, things are different and in our bones we certainly know that they can be- but only if you have money.
Soap shops with rainbows, bars with “gay” themed drinks, clothes shops with “local” queer designed 70 dollars tee shirts.
Upper class “lgbt” culture. There are billboards with drinks alluding to the type of sex we might have, there is so much industry surrounding “being queer” it’s hard to keep up with what market has been penetrated last.
Apparently, this is mecca. How empty it is.
Capitalization of queer culture is in the wake of the anxieties of rich queers to assimilate into straight, bourgeois society. The only celebrated culture of queer then, is that of the capitalist queer.
Once a position goes to market and is adapted as a marketable social phenomenon , it automatically loses all of its teeth and is no longer a threat.
This is what happens when rich queers continue to assimilate- believing that if they too can marry, have a business and express romance in public that then they will be “free” of the subjugation of straight society- by becoming just like them.
Assimilation is queers and all other members of the not-straight society- attempting to emulate heteronormative relationship structures which are vital to the reproduction of capitalist society. Assimilation is death as all of capital is a total dispossession of all that harbors something like living.
As we find refuge in our small networks of solidarity it is in spite of the agonizing alienation we feel on a daily basis in this society. The extent of our existent within this world as queers has nothing to do with the marketability of our lifestyles and sex lives but is due to our exploitation. We hear of another friend beat up, murdered, things we hear from our queer community that reaches our ears through the grape vine that consists of panic and crawling skin.
We are constantly forced to submit to the whims of whoever
we can get resources from- whether it be a sugar daddy, non-profits, the bourgeoisie who open their hearts to us for a moment- we have learned how to hold our tongues, we have examined the ways that we are spoken to like insolent fuck ups by older, richer queers who, even with their stares seem to be saying “ Don’t you know 6hings get better- so get with the fucking program kid.”
There are campaigns totally devoted to saving us- well-meaning college queers helping “homeless queer youth” get back on the right path. There is so much sympathy, pity and disdainful romanticization to go around it has become a market. This is our exposure- as the problems of the queer community or as the privately exploited. Beyond that we are petty annoyances or otherwise invisible. Aren’t we happy that we have so much exposure now?
Capitalist queers don’t see that in life under capital things cannot be better for some of us and never will be. Clearly there is a divide between the queers who have and the queers who have not.
To us they are not even queer- they too are our enemies.
What we are calling for is the total destruction of straight culture- the culture of capital and all the bourgeoisie queers who lap it up so pathetically.
We don’t want the dancing, the fucking, the partying to stop- lord knows we love a good dance party- but we want the dancing and partying and fucking and loving and bonding to be a top the grave of straight society, of the society that silences us.
What is destructive to straight society- we know can never be commodified and purged of rebellion. So we maintain our stance- as fierce fags, queers, dykes and trans girls and bois and gender queers and all the combination and in be tweens and those that negate it all at the same time.
We bid our time, striking here and there and fantasize of a world where all of the exploited of the world can come together and attack. We want to find you, comrade, if this too is what you want.
For the total destruction of Capital,
bad bitches who will fuck your shit up.”
Oh my god
Capitalism is fucking the queer out of us && assimilation = death
we need queer community, not gay capitalism
there are communities of color targeted daily in a country that says there is no racism.
there are womyn, lgbtq and non gender identified persons who are treated differently, underpaid, discriminated against, raped and murdered in a country that says we are equal.
there is poverty, a powerlessness over production and lack of resources that is eating the working class alive in a caste system with no mobility and a huge wealth gap, no health care or secure communities unless you can afford it in a country that considers itself the land of opportunity.
there are human rights violations in the ways police and private security interests treat the homeless, unemployed, working class and peaceful protesters-brutalizing and monitoring political dissent in a country that says we are free.
there is criminalization of youth targeted on the streets and in schools, who learn early what to expect of law enforcement and the prison industrial complex in a country that preaches morality and calls itself exceptional.
there is a system of education that treats children like human capital, producing people as good workers to fit into the capitalist system of production at the expense of cooperation, critical thought and liberation in a country that calls for equal opportunity.
there is politics, a seedy corrupt system of networking between lobbyists of private industry and government that produces policy, candidates produced by profit motivated campaigns and corporate funded elections between divisive counterproductive party factions in a country that calls itself a democracy.
SO WHY AREN’T YOU RISING UP TOGETHER YET? CHECK YOUR PRIVILEGE AMERICA, CHECK YOUR EGO, THE ENTIRE WORLD SUFFERS FOR YOUR APATHY. CONSUMERISM = CAPITALISM = IMPERIALISM.
GET INVOLVED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY, TAKE POLITICS BACK INTO YOUR OWN HANDS AND OUT OF THE HANDS OF THE POLITICIANS and GREEDY PARASITIC CAPITALIST CLASS! DEBT IS SLAVERY. -JR
UGH THIS IS SO IMPORTANT