Photograph of a flyer for a new gay comedy named Booty Candy

We ain’t going back!

I wondered how today’s young generation of LGBTQ artists were dealing with the rise of Trump.

I found defiance:

Now if you think that we gon bow down and run
Think we’d be bothered? You got water in your guns?
Bitch, you got the wrong bitch
Bitch, you got the wrong bitch
You got the wrong, wrong bitch
And if you think we gon cower and be scared
Think I won’t keep marching with my fist up in the air
Bitch, you got the wrong bitch
Bitch, you got the wrong bitch
You got the wrong, wrong bitch

This cut from Butch Queen by Rue Paul and Ab Soto is defiant and hilarious:


We’re not going back. We’re not going anywhere. We are going to rise up and finish our revolution.

And we’re gonna win!



6 thoughts on “We ain’t going back!

  1. “A Handmaid’s Tale” will be on Hulu soon. Scary. It reminds me of what’s going on in the US today — like punishing people for “gender crimes” and taking rights away.

  2. PS: I’ll be honest, what worries me is this, that we will take a step backward rather than forward. The biggest increase in birth-rates are among people who generally do not think same-sex marriage or relationships is right, that means according to stats, that within 50 years the majority of the world will be those religions that think women are second class citizens and gays are an abomination, I see that as going backward not forward. It scares me.

    1. It looks as if this generation of young GLBTQ people are responding to gender repression by reaching back to the early gay liberation movement. They’ve returned to the ‘Gender Fuck’ movement of the 1970′ and the declaration that we want more than rights. We want out to be as we are, to peacefully and creatively express ourselves without fear of persecution. It looks as if the response of young GLBTQ people is a return to the ‘community’ and to the more radical ideas that sparked the Gay Liberation Movement which is different from the Gay Rights Movement. The two examples below make a nice illustration. The First one is RuePaul’s ‘The Realness’ from the Butch Queen album:

      And the Second is a trailer from the 1977 film, “Outrageous’ with it’s theme of ‘Step out’ and be what you’re meant to be:

      The production values are more advanced but the message is the same.

  3. Rob, I’m so glad you post about LGBT because when I do a search on WP and other sites for LGBT stuff, I’m always really disappointed. There just isn’t enough out there. There needs to be more (understatement). I try to write a lot of poetry with that in mind but poetry isn’t always as accessible. Recently I was thinking about LGBT and the isolation of it. We think because things are legal everything is better but we’re still a vast minority. I read a thing that said 20 percent of Millennials identify as LGBTQ(etc) but to me this is partly an age-thing, a trend-thing and a phase-thing as well as their generation not wishing to be labeled or identified by gender norms which I admire … typically for millennia LGBT was around 2 percent lesbian 3/4 percent gay (male) and who knows with Bisexuals. When I look at women my age or near my age I hardly see ANY lesbians, I see mostly women who have ‘settled’ or very manly women who I don’t relate to. I know there are more gay men but it’s still a tiny number. As long as we are a tiny number we need a voice more than EVER before I’m really thankful you are one.

    1. Legal is not the same as free and ‘rights’ are often a mirage. We gave people with mental illness the ‘right’ to refuse treatment but not the ‘right’ to access treatment. I like the idea that same sex couples can get married but I have always viewed ‘rights’ as a compromise. My observation is that we have no secure rights until we address the class inequality that make rights an empty achievement. Rights are great for people who can afford to litigate.

      I’ve always been a liberationist. Liberation means liberating humanity from the shackles of poverty and ignorance.

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