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Poster Supporting Marriage Equality Ignites Controversy!

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Updated 03/27/2013 3:26am
Poster Supporting Marriage Equality Ignites Controversy!

Jamie Harsip


Staff Writer

Yet again, the pseudo-intellectuals of the internet have taken to their tumblrs to hurl insults and criticism at someone who doesn’t really deserve it. This time, it’s a young woman being sought out and harassed…because she made a poster.

Yes, it seems that some people have nothing better to do than hide behind their computer screens and declare what are the right ways and the wrong ways to promote marriage equality. But then again, I’m learning some brand new information regarding the fight for equality. Want to hear it?

1)    You have to be a member of the LGBT community yourself in order to have any credibility whatsoever in this particular fight. Otherwise, you don’t have a stake in it and therefore have no right to speak on it. Nope, it doesn’t matter if you have friends or family who are gay or questioning; if you’re not then you don’t get to speak.

2)    Secondly, you must represent every part of the LGBT spectrum at once in order to have successfully rallied for marriage equality. Yes, it has to be all at once, because any previous activism you’ve taken part in for the L, B, and T factions is irrelevant.

3)    It is assumed that all women who use fictional characters to make their point are fetishizing homosexuality and don’t care about the cause. They’re just “fangirls” who are definitely not using these are inspirational characters, who are some of the only gay couples we’ve ever had on public television, to support the cause. Because it doesn’t make sense, what good could seeing a gay couple get married on TV possibly do for anyone? It certainly wouldn’t be inspirational to non-heterosexual youth who think they’re wrong for wanting to get married someday. No way. And by the way, it’s just women who shouldn’t use fandom in the fight for marriage equality. Men can do as they please. Carry on, dude with the epic Dumbledore sign.

4)    Related to number 3, you actually can’t use fictional characters when you’re fighting for a real cause because it’s disrespectful. It’s horrible to try to unite people under your cause by bringing in really popular TV shows and their characters. Don’t you know? No gay people can identify with “Bravid” or “Klaine”. But again, it’s totally cool to do this if you’re a dude. 

These are the things I am getting from the mountains of hate being piled on this young woman for making a sign featuring gay couples from The New Normal and Glee. What is so wrong with her poster, people? The arguments being given don’t make sense! Come out from behind your screens and march with people like her if you feel you’ve got more to add to the fight for marriage equality than she does. Because at this point, you really don’t seem like you do. This woman is out there marching. This woman is giving up her time to do volunteer work for transgender youth. This woman is trying to make a difference, but all you’re doing is yelling at her for “doing it wrong”. Do you see what’s wrong with this picture?

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