In Which My Boyfriend and I Get Our Gay On
Last weekend I attended the Million Fag March, an LGBT rights protest in Topeka, KS. It was a wicked good time, and it had been some time since I participated in any civil disobedience. (Not really civil disobedience. We had a permit.) But, rather than write a post about it, I thought I would show you.
This is a picture of my sign. I know how sweet is. You don’t have to tell me.
This march was started several years ago as a counter to the Westboro Baptist Church. The WBC is that organization that protests military funerals with their “God Hates Fags” signs. Yeah, those people. I swear I once saw a sign of theirs that said “Obama Burger.” Ten gold stars if you can tell me what that means.
If you’re uncomfortable with the term “fag,” I’m with you. I think it’s one of the more offensive words out there. According to the MFM website, using that word is not an attempt to “take it back.” Instead, if everyone but the Phelps family are “fags” for a day, the word just might lose its meaning.
Of course, we marched to the queer anthem to end all queer anthems: Born This Way by Lady Gaga. (Video is…weird. If you don’t want to see some freaky stylized birth, just leave it alone.)
(For the record, my preferred song about gender and its accompanying baggage is King for a Day by Green Day.)
I love this annual march so freaking much! Not only is it just fun way to spend an afternoon, it reminds me that at least 200 people in the area care enough to come out for LGBT rights (or are against Fred Phelps). It reminds me that, in a state where gay people can’t marry and activists have to fight tooth and nail to guarantee LGBT people won’t be discriminated against as a matter of course, there are some that are willing to be critical of the rhetoric and stand up for oppressed communities. Not everyone in the crowd was gay, lesbian, bi or trans. There were many people there supporting their friends, family, and neighbors. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.
Below are more pictures I took from the 2011 MFM, and a couple from the 2009 MFM. But first, and adorable picture of my boyfriend and me.