The internets have been abuzz with the new gay rights movement. Wockner is appropriately dubbing it activism 4.0.
This is something I have written and thought about increasingly over the last few years. The maturing of social networking sites and the proliferation of living news aggregators (bloggers) have really allowed gays all over the world to connect. More so now than ever I feel like we are a community connected using this fantastic series of tubes ;)
This interconnectivity both anonymous, intimate and instantaneous has made it increasingly hard to ignore the things that are occurring to our brothers and sisters out there. From gays being hunted down and slaughtered in Iraq to a gay bashing in Ottawa; these events in past times would have been likely just slipped into obscurity. Now these events become part of our daily news feeds. Instead of hearing about that drag queen that was beaten up outside the local gay bar from friends or even more rarely the local news media, we can learn about all of the things (both good and bad) happening to the people in our global community all day every day delivered by Queers for Queers.
Its not that the screams for help are getting louder it is just that they are multiplying by the thousands rising in a crescendo and becoming harder to avoid with each passing day.
For 20 years we have been separating ourselves by age, HIV status, pant size, and the presence of facial hair. These subcultures and schisms have led to the fact that many of us under 30's have very little insight into our gay history or the tragedy and trailblazers that have allowed us the freedoms we currently enjoy. Having bloggers like joe.my.god and rex wockner (to name a few of many) have given us millennial gays a historical and often heartbreaking perspective that just was not reasonably culturally accessible even 5 years ago.
It wasn't that this my generation of Queers is lazy or uninterested we had the tools and increasingly the information we just lacked a universal cause, something that would piss us off enough to unite us.
Proposition 8 crystallized all of these elements and for the first time in my lifetime, I am having lengthy conversations about activism and politics with my peers. My generation has had it fairly easy up until now. We have lived in fairly tolerant times. It is one thing to be attacked by some douchebag on Fox news who has no affect on my life, it is another thing entirely to see the rights of 18000 of your brothers and sisters stripped away in front of you.
The mormon church has woken us up and in the long run they will learn to regret it after all no one fucks with our Ellen and gets away with it.