Alex Blaze

Interview with Against Equality

Filed By Alex Blaze | October 17, 2010 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, The Movement

I recorded an interview with Bilerico contributors Ryan Conrad and Yasmin Nair earlier this week on their book, Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage.

While I don't agree with everything they said, their critique does have some valuable components worth listening to, particularly the part about how the LGBT movement decides its priorities. It's something I've been saying for a while - there are lots of great people willing to do great work, but only some will get the funding they need to devote themselves full-time, hire staff, create a nice website and brochures, host conferences, etc. The process by which those few are chosen is left to those with money to donate.

The other part worth listening to is when I pwn Yasmin and Ryan because they inadvertently admit that they aren't actually against equality.

Visit their website and buy Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage.

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Renee Thomas | October 18, 2010 11:14 AM

Thank you Yasmin and Ryan for this . . .

The “Gay” agenda has long needed to be critically reviewed. From the standpoint of the social and economic viability of queer personhood and the larger goal of an agenda of enforceable social justice, the ability to earn a living without undue encumbrances, is the only priority upon which we should focus.

While, as a queer trans person, I support marriage equality, earning a living free of discrimination and based only upon my skills and expertise being deemed valuable (and made available) to a diverse national and international economy ensures that I'll survive . . . and perhaps thrive.

Having my marriage recognized as valid is nice but it will not ensure that I’ll eat.

Most national polls indicate that building support for the passage of an inclusive ENDA is an attainable “sell” amongst the majority of fair-minded straight-cisgender Americans.