The troubling ascent of the LGBT right wing
Some people might argue that the increase in rightwing LGBTQ people represents a move away from identity politics. Ultimately, however, it’s just a move back to the oldest form of identity politics. One in which the protection of whiteness and wealth trumps everything. But as some gay Trump supporters might be starting to realize, the right aren’t your friends, and eventually they’ll come for you.
At one level this is odd. Why should a taste for buggery or rug munching determine your views on inflation, wealth distribution or economic democracy?
The answer being that it has long been asserted that this should, even must, be so. Because that’s how the modern left coalition has been built, by trying to tot up the support of all who weren’t exactly so into one great big coalition. A vehicle where the wheels are going to fall off at some point when we get the internal contradictions of so many interests and views bumping into each other.
But much more importantly we’re actually seeing the vast and huge success of one of our recent social movements. No one really does much care about buggery and rug munching among consenting adults these days. It was indeed something of great import to generations past and now, shrug, Meh.
That movement for gay rights has won – as it should have done of course. But the political meaning of this is that sexuality is no longer – whatever the extent it ever was – a major determinant of views on anything else. That we’ve gay conservatives, gay racists, gay free marketeers, gay communists (the gay fascists were long with us of course) and gay every other flavour of anything at all under the Sun shows that gay isn’t an important qualifier, distinction, any more.
Exactly that variance of every other view among gay people precisely shows that gay liberation won. A vast victory for actual human and liberal freedom.