Will LGBT Losses Lead to Social Action?
Posted by Laura-CreatingWhen
For many of us, we’ve been waiting for the day that something, somewhere will change. However, we’ve been let down more times than we’ve rejoiced.
This weekend, I went to see the Secretariat (ps it was good), and as we’re sitting in the theater the first preview (The Dilemma) opens up with this line, “Smart cars are gay … like your parents chaperoning your dance…” My first thought was “That’s appalling,” followed by, “wait a second, this is a family movie and this theatre is filled with children.” My next thought was, “Are you kidding me!?! When was it okay to put this type of hateful language in a family-oriented movie? Kids are laughing because they now think it’s okay, since everything Vince Vaughn says and does is acceptable!” followed by lots of curse words.
In light of the four suicides and New York hate crimes, and then this preview, should cause some sort of uproar. So I can’t help but ask myself, will these senseless deaths bring collective social action?
I’ve seen videos for “It Gets Better,” a confrontational interview by Anderson Cooper, and more participation in NoH8. In September, I shared an article by Malcom Gladwell about how social media will not be the catalyst for social action. To be honest, I may or may not agree with this when it comes to support for a segmented group, the LGBT community. Together, local grassroots movements accompanied by online tactics, will help reach more people – to spread the message that enough is enough.
Last Friday, 400 gay rights activists hosted a flash mob against homophobia in New York’s Grand Central Terminal. Rallies were hosted across the nation (in San Francisco, Chicago and Fresno to name a few). However, it’s more than these events that will lead us to change. We need a recipe that includes political support and action, general education and awareness, allies across all political parties, and platform that will be difficult to turn away from – the premise that “everyone is created equal.” Maybe this time we’ll do more than talk.
By the way, the gay slur was removed from “The Dilemma” after pressure from GLAAD.