The transitive property of equalityEditorial, Top Highlights Thursday, August 9th, 2012
We all remember learning in grammar school that if a=b and b=c, then a=c. I think the LGBT community should use the transitive property to imbue our political decisions.
The San Diego mayoral candidacy of Carl DeMaio is a great place to start.
Gay candidate accepts donations from right wing leaders who do not believe in LGBT equality = promotion of LGBT discrimination; promotion of LGBT discrimination = no LGBT voter support; then a gay candidate accepting donations from right-wing leaders who do not believe in LGBT equality = no LGBT voter support.
It’s as simple as a=b=c.
This same property can be applied to the Chick-fil-A situation.
Corporate donations to LGBT hate groups = promotion of LGBT discrimination; promotion of LGBT discrimination = LGBT protests; then corporate donations to LGBT hate groups = LGBT protests.
Unfortunately, the religious right successfully took hold of the messaging around Chick-fil-A. They say, support of traditional marriage = free speech; free speech = a fundamental right; then support of traditional marriage = a fundamental right.
The right-wing’s success has made the Chick-fil-A situation a PR fiasco for the LGBT community. We lost control of the public relations messaging. What happened? As opposed to focusing on donations to nationally recognized hate groups, many activists, bloggers and members of the LGBT media focused on marriage equality.
The right-wing took a page from the French philosopher Voltaire when approaching the Chick-fil-A boycott; Voltaire supposedly said, “I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Unfortunately, the right-wing also agreed with what was being said.
Voltaire’s idea does not apply when speaking about all groups. Can you imagine if Chick-fil-A had made anti-African American or anti-Semitic remarks? The media flogging would have been unprecedented. It is still OK for a large business owner to make anti-LGBT remarks and donations with no consequences; and politicians get a pass as well. This tells you we are far from being equal.
If you think the situations with Carl DeMaio and Chick-fil-A are not opposite sides of the same coin, think again. You cannot be upset about Chick-fil-A’s stance against LGBT equality, if you accept that DeMaio accepts large donations and support from the same forces.
I have a prediction:
Gay mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio accepting donations and touting the support of anti-LGBT equality right-wingers like Roger Hedgecock, “Lysol” Larry Stirling and Brian Caster = selling out; selling out = election loss; gay mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio accepting donations and touting the support of anti-LGBT equality right-wingers like Roger Hedgecock, “Lysol” Larry Stirling and Brian Caster = election loss.
I really love the transitive property of equality; it makes political decisions so clear.
San Diego LGBT Weekly
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