We will not be made invisible in your narratives

Why did NBC label the mornings attack a “Shooting At Gay Club”?

The much more important question is this:

Why did Congressional republicans refuse to acknowledge that it was a shooting at a gay club?

Why did Faux News need to fall all over itself claiming it wasn’t a “hate crime?”

Why did even my MSNBC need to hyperventilate over the possibility of some “connection” to ISIS for hours, and hours, yesterday, when it is pretty much bog fucking obvious that this was one homophobic asshole, who saw a couple of gay men kissing and decided he was going to go kill some queers?

Yes, said asshole claimed “allegiance” to ISIS right before he was killed by the police.

Did he do it before he killed a bunch of queers? No, of course not. He did it in a 911 call, when it was clear he was going to be killed, and he wanted his goddamn 15 minutes of fame.

And here we are, as a culture, dutifully playing our role, and giving it to him.

The bigger question, the much bigger problem is this: why the fuck does this need to be an act of “islamist terrorism” before people give a shit about what happened?

As long as it’s just a bunch of dead queers, well, that’s regrettable, maybe, but it’s not actually all that remarkable, really.


I’m not scared. I’m angry.

As an american queer, are you scared now?

I’m not scared, or at least, I’m no more scared today than I was yesterday, or last month…

But I do have a heightened awareness.

Today, I’m even more aware of how ephemeral our civil rights gains actually are – and I’ve been through this once before.

I’m aware of how desperately news coverage needed this to be a case of “international, islamist terrorism” rather than a homophobic attack on a gay club, because straight folks will care about the former, but it’s not at all sure they give much of a shit about the latter. I can very clearly see this as a case of a homophobic dude who saw a couple of gay men kissing, and flipped out…

And it angers me, in a way I haven’t been angry since ACT UP, that it takes framing this as “islamist terrorism” before the normals give a shit about it.

I’m not scared, or at least, I’m not any more scared than I was.

But I am less willing to think we’re making progress with those normals.