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This doesn't work in a crisis. In the Reagan/Bush years I was getting arrested in protests because my friends--men your age and younger--were dying.
My activism and that of other ACT-UP, Queer Nation and Lavender Menace people like me didn' t allow for politeness. So...no.
While I am thrilled that that work we did to save lives & gain rights has allowed you to be married, in the military & run for president, @PeteButtigieg, your not recognizing that many of us do not have white, male or cis privilege is unsettling. #LGBTQ people are still dying.
The trans ban is real. Efforts to roll back healthcare for #LGBTQ people is real. The exponential rise in hate crimes against us--all real. It's essential you recognize that platitudes when black people are being shot, women are having their bodily autonomy revoked won't work.
Playing to the center right, to whiteness, maleness, straightness has never worked for minorities, women or LGBTQ people.
We get shot in the public square
We get raped in the public square
We get crucified on a fence in the public square.
Our public square is wholly different.
This, @PeteButtigieg, is the public square.
My parents, Bernie Sanders' generation, were Civil Rights workers. They risked their lives, as did all the #LGBTQ people at #Stonewall.
Our public square is rife with danger and we have had to fight to be in it.
When I was 16, @PeteButtigieg, my whole life changed. I was expelled from my all girl's high school for being a lesbian. I was put in a mental hospital for #conversiontherapy. I attempted suicide. I became an outlaw in my own life.
This is me then--a very lost young lesbian. 6/
It took me years to recover from what the doctors told me --told us, because I was in an adolescent unit of other gay kids.
#Conversiontherapy is still legal in the public square in most states.
Sorry that link was faulty. This is my investigation into #conversiontherapy for @damemagazine.
It's unconscionable that anyone is still being subjected to this terrible practice.
@PeteButtigieg said @VP Pence is "sincere." But Pence is a proponent.
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