Stuff Rachel Fucking Hates

Oppression. This week, the things that have been most on my mind are Iran (like everyone else) and Stonewall (perhaps not like everyone else.) For me, these things seem to have a lot in common. They concern groups that are vastly different in terms of time, place, and demographic; to be honest, I feel like Stonewall rioters and Iranian protestors might not really get along if put in the same room together. But both groups of people are performing incredibly courageous acts of resistance against pervasive police brutality and unchecked state-sponsored violence; both are fighting tooth and nail for the freedom to make their own choices, even when those choices aren’t approved of by the people in power. Both are groups of people usually seen by the larger world as helpless victims at best, and at worst dangerous to society. (Can you remember any other time we’ve celebrated images of brown Muslim men rioting?) Not to get all Obama-fangirl on you, but I think what he said in his statement the other day is deeply appropriate. To quote Dr. King, “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” Forty years ago almost to the day, there were a series of violent and unprecedented riots by queers in New York City in reaction to years of violence, discrimination, and abuse by police. Today the police cordon off city streets just for us, and their job is to stand on street corners to make sure that no one disrupts Pride or bothers any of the people in it. The President himself used the words gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender on national television when he declared June GLBT Pride Month.  That’s a pretty long fucking way to come. I don’t know for sure what will happen in Iran; I hear a lot of people using the word “revolution,” maybe without thinking through what it means. But I think it’s true that Iran isn’t going to be the same after this, that no one will let it go back to what it was. From here on out things are moving forward. Maybe I’m 20 years old and naive, but I really do believe that there comes a point where people have put up with too much for too long, and they are too sick of it not to make change.  (I am thinking, obviously, of the election debacle, but also of the Iranian government’s cruel and bizarre treatment of its gay citizens, whom are often pressured to change their sex surgically so that their sexuality is “normal”.) And to quote again – JFK this time – “those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”  People in power, take heed, and people without power, take heart.

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  1. Heather

    I had no idea gay citizens in Iran were treated in such a way. WTF is wrong with the world?

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