Monday, March 28, 2011

GOProud, what do you have to be proud of?

Matt Kailey is a transman living in Denver, Colorado, and an author, public speaker, and trainer on transgender issues. He blogs at Tranifesto. In his ideal world, no one would be equal to anyone else – everyone would just be equal.

On March 21, GOProud, the proudly gay conservative Republican (GOP) organization that supports “limited government, individual liberty, free markets and a confident foreign policy,” issued a press release patting themselves on the back for joining with more than two dozen other fiscally conservative groups to call on Congress to defund Planned Parenthood.

These groups claim that their argument has to do with a fiscal, rather than a social, agenda – they don’t want government money being spent to support a program that they say is “controversial.”

Maybe they prefer that government money be spent on the foster care system and assistance programs for those who will be unable to receive family planning help if Planned Parenthood is defunded. But my guess is that they don’t want government money spent on much of anything, because it might mean they would have to shell out some of their abundant wealth to actually help someone else who is not so fortunate.

Regardless, GOProud, I’m completely amazed at what actually makes you proud. I see that one of the co-signers on this petition to defund Planned Parenthood is the Tea Party Washington, D.C. Isn’t this the same Tea Party whose members hurled racist and homophobic slurs at members of Congress who were on their way to a presidential speech? Isn’t this the same Tea Party whose members called Rep. Barney Frank a f****t? Wow, aren’t you PROUD to be associated with them?

I see that one of the co-signers on this petition is the American Civil Rights Union, an organization that claims that there is no scientific evidence that sexual orientation is inborn and unchangeable, and that refusing service to gay and lesbian people constitutes an exercise in “biblical morality.” Wow, aren’t you PROUD to be associated with them?

I see that one of the co-signers on this petition is Generation Joshua, a Christian youth organization that stands for the “traditional family.” We all know what that’s shorthand for. Wow, aren’t you PROUD to be associated with them?

I see that one of the co-signers on this petition is the National Center for Public Policy Research, whose online representative, Amy Ridenour, believes that legalizing same-sex marriage is comparable to legalizing polygamy, and that if same-sex marriage is legalized, the institution of marriage will be destroyed. Wow, aren’t you PROUD to be associated with them?

I could go on, because several more of the co-signers are Tea Party affiliates or supporters, and many are conservative Christian organizations, which tend to be notoriously anti-gay.

GOProud, either you’ve traded your soul for your bank account or your internalized homophobia is shining like a lighthouse beacon on a clear, moonless night.

What the hell have you got to be proud of? It is mind-numbing to think that you are willing to associate with homophobic groups – groups who would just as soon spit on you as look at you, who would deny your right to exist in a heartbeat, not to mention your right to love and marry and live openly in society – just to save a few lousy tax dollars.

Your money means this much to you? I hope you enjoy every penny of it as you attempt to take down an institution that provides family planning and health services to people who you will never even have to look at from behind the walls of your gated communities.

Just remember that the very people that you have signed this petition with – that you are so proud to have joined forces with – would have you barred from their own gated communities if they could. And don’t think that they won’t try.

Your money won’t protect you. You are not wanted here. They’ll take your signature and they’ll toss you some crumbs. At least you can afford to hire someone to sweep those crumbs up off the floor. And if that's what you're proud of, I feel sorry for you.