Spannung zwischen LGBT und Migranten – könne wir in Deutschland vom Prop. 8 Debakel etwas lernen?

Alvin McEwen, Journalist

Alvin McEwen’s Huffington Post article “Michael Sam, Race, Sexual Orientation and Commodities” adresses tension between people of color and LGBT people in the US. Can his observations help us when thinking about anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim sentiment among LGBT people (particularly among non-immigrant, non-Muslim, gay-identified men), and communicating the relevance of LGBT concerns to other groups working for social justice?

Bad communication:

The semantic argument of “oppose discrimination when it happens to gays because you remember how bad it was when it happened to you” was insulting, particularly when the argument was made instead of pointing out how LGBT couples of color with children would benefit from marriage equality or how bullying affects LGBT children of color, particularly transgender children of color.

Racism among LGBT people:

[LGBT ] declare black people to be the standard of community homophobia.

More effective mobilization on the part of our adversaries:

Black people are like every other community in that we respond when it comes to issues which affect us. And on that score, the anti-gay right had the LGBT community beat in a number of situations. While they personally engaged the black community and convinced them with lies about children being harmed and Christians being persecuted, some in the LGBT community made — and some still do — the assumption that the black community will generally come to their side because of our shared histories of being victims of discrimination. And when their expectations were dashed, some blamed black people instead of themselves for being so inaccurately flippant.