Creating hierarchies of minorities within minorities is not helpful. We have to fight that fight together, not play the game of competing marginalities and disavowals of who we are historically and psychically based on fantasies of our own radicalism and supposed freedom to be who we are.
In times, when there is increasing and growing antipathy towards Muslims and Dalits, when the voices of hatred and sirens for bloodshed get louder to terminate those who eat beef, when poor farmers and cattle traders are lynched for transporting cattle, shouldn’t LGBTQ people stand up and protest against each act of crime and injustice that unfurls each day?
Queer people undergo enough repression in their daily lives by straight people, society, government and police, let them not face more repression and policing of their bodies and desires at pride marches.
Many of the groups which have been popular as safe expression points are now losing their consistency with the word ‘safe’. Hate speech is on the rise, disagreement is being met with strong criticism in impolite inarticulate ways