My Sexuality Is Not A Political Statement
Updated: Sep 8, 2018
Oh, you think my rainbow tee shirt is offensive? Deal with it, Carl.
Let’s face it: we are living in a highly politicized era. The 2016 presidential election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump took a pickaxe to the United States of America and chipped a giant fissure straight down the middle of our carefully crafted facade. In today’s day and age, you seem to be one of two things: a Donald Trump supporter, or a denouncer of all things related to Donald Trump.
To the shock of absolutely no one reading this, I am of the latter persuasion. But I didn’t come here to talk about him. We all spend too much time discussing the orange rugrat “leading” our nation with his chubby little baby fist, so let’s pivot to the theme of today’s post: politicized homosexuality.
What do I mean by this and why did I bring up the great divide of our times as an intro to this discussion? The term “politicized homosexuality,” which I may or may not have just made up on the spot, is referring to the fact that the mere existence of LGBTQ people in this country is often viewed as a political statement, with a corresponding manifesto lovingly referred to as the “gay agenda.”
Now, I personally promote The Gay Agenda in my daily life and have many copies of it strewn about my apartment, ready to pick up and evangelize to friends, family, and casual passersby. However, many LGBTQ people will tell you that they don’t know what this “gay agenda” is or why it is constantly brought up amongst conservatives who cannot seem to mind their own damn business. And, oh yeah - that’s because it doesn’t exist.
You see, it’s really just bigotry that fostered the creation of this imaginary agenda in the first place. When Carl The Conservative sees two men holding hands while walking down the street, he sees it as a personal affront to him, his family, and his own outdated belief system. The sight of two people holding hands who aren’t of the opposite gender nearly sends our dear friend Carl into a bout of cardiac arrest, since it is the most horrifying thing he has ever witnessed.
But, dear reader, here’s the hot take on this: Carl’s reaction to a casual display of public affection is Carl’s problem and Carl’s problem only. Carl has the right to be angry about this, I guess, if he wants to be an idiot, but Carl has no right to use that anger to try and rally people against the cause of LGBTQ people and our rights.
Those two men holding hands in the street in our story were not, in fact, making any type of political statement. They were not, in fact, thinking about people like Carl at all. They were simply walking down the street, happy to be together and wanting to solidify that happiness through a simple touching of hands. At the end of the day, they were just being people.
This is what I mean by politicized homosexuality - anything LGBTQ people do that is out of the “ordinary” realm of acceptable societal norms is viewed as a political statement. In today’s hyper-politicized society especially, our mere existence is often seen as an attack on “American values” or part of an “agenda” to make everyone gay. But, guess what? We aren’t being political. We are just living our lives, doing the things we do, and not giving a second thought to people who might react negatively to us.
It’s really not our problem that other people are so invested in our personal lives that they take it upon themselves to be mad about our existence. I am tired of dealing with people like Carl and their self-righteous views on the world that were snatched right out of the 1950s and plopped into 2018. If I want to hold hands with another man in public, I will. If I want to kiss another man in public, I will. If I want to put on a rainbow tuxedo and strut along the streets of New York City to the beat of a Troye Sivan song, I will.
You will just have to find a way to realize that me doing those things is not political and not tied to an agenda - it’s just me being myself and living my life to the fullest.
If you have a problem with that, look inward. Not outward.
This post was brought to you by Strawberries & Cigarettes by Troye Sivan, because it’s synthy and beautiful and gay - which doesn’t make it a political statement, by the way. See what we learned today?
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