Thursday, June 30, 2005

An Army of Lovers 

“We must gain security in ourselves and therefore have respect & feelings for all oppressed people…we must relate to the homosexual movement because it’s the real thing. And I know through reading, and my life experience, my observations, that homosexuals are not given freedom and liberty by anyone in the society. Maybe they might be the most oppressed people in the society.”

– Huey P. Newton, from “A Letter From Huey To The Revolutionary Brothers And Sisters About The Women’s Liberation and Gay Liberation”

The Gay Liberation Front was born in a freedom spring, when organizations saw the necessity of a poly-vanguardist approach to defeat the existing organization of power. The days when social justice was perceived as a linked struggle have faded since those heady days. Liberated societies are recast as distant dreams of a naïve era.*

Advocacy groups (like the HRC) & the gay press (like the PGN) said “uncle” to a system they once resisted years ago. There’s merely trace gay liberatory residue in the rights struggle within oppressive structures. The “me too” philosophy that pervades the community is simply a thrust for a place of prominence in the dominance.

That said, the gay liberation movement demanded to be out & free to serve the nation from the beginning. This Monday will mark the 35th anniversary of the Revolutionary People’s Constitutional Convention, a gathering called by the Black Panthers to draft a new constitution for the next American Revolution. GLF founder Martin Duberman delivered Nineteen Demands to the Convention. Here’s Demand 17:

• The full participation of gays in the revolutionary people’s army

The push to serve is linked to Demand 19 which says “No revolution without us! An army of lovers cannot lose!” Serving to secure outposts for Empire would have been unthinkable in 1970 Philadelphia, as it should be today. Gay myopians that fight to take part in the baking of Poison American Pie should be ashamed of themselves.

Have a great Fourth of July! Here's to Independence Days...

*Seattle '99 proved to be a resurgence in cross-activist coordination. Time will tell of its sustainability.
** Gay Shame is an organization that confronts corporate whoring in the gay community. Check them out.

- Frank Sherlock

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