Abusing the most vulnerable is most cruel but still signals advancement
First a historical parallel. A political activist friend of mine claimed that what was intended was a classical campaign against Jews to blame them for the “Great Inflation,” which started in the early 1970s with the stock market slumping, unemployment rising, and inflation that lasted a decade.
Yet, a campaign by Gentiles Allies of Jews stopped that from its inception. Unfortunately, such organized Allies to Gays were not yet available, so the attackers turned on Gays. They were a socially weaker segment of society, so that wasn’t so nice. I’m old enough to remember the heydays of feminist singer-turned-anti-gay-activist Anita Bryant. But nevertheless, a good thing was that an Antisemitic attack was stopped by Gentile Allies.
The same now, with attacks on Gays and Lesbians. For the past decades, supposedly decent speakers called them ethical misfits, animals, addicts, crazies, and immoral (excuses to the animals, addicts, and psychiatric patients) in ways behooving Nazis. But by now, Gays in the West have found (shaky,) new ground to stand on and have an army of Allies. Such attacks increasing were interrupted with sound indignance and arguments. Also, Gays have largely stopped defending themselves and turned their energy to building a good (married) life. “Living well is the best revenge.” But, probably most importantly, there are too many Allies, close friends and family members of Lesbians and Gays, for such attacks to continue.
An old battle won, an old battle done.
A new one at … the horizon.
But, the bigoted aggression had to go somewhere. Transgenders became the new target group of choice. Transgenderism is less understood. Transgenders come in tiny numbers, so the number of Allies personally knowing Transgenders must be much smaller too. So, the focus of ‘decent revulsion’ easily went onto Transgenders. While, outside of specifically love-challenged constituencies, we hear little against Gays anymore.
This shift is cowardly (but, do you want decent Nazis?!), but understand this also as a sign of progress. It shows that solidarity with the oppressed works. Become acquainted with, friends with, and an Ally to Transgenders!
Today is a good day to become or strengthen being an activist.