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I hardly touched on the same-sex side of my personal life in the first 10 years on Twitter as it was irrelevant to most of what I did and said. Haven't hidden it — is old news to colleagues and friends. The @gaywonk aggressive censorship episode tells me visibility is important.
I have a badge at home somewhere from my ex-bf of 10 years ago, who is considerably older than me. It says "Gay Liberation Front" (IIRC) and comes from late 1960s/early 1970s. That was a different time when legal repression & horrendous medical interventions were recent memories.
Homosexuality was decriminalised in the UK by a Conservative government, and protections in the workplace and using public services pushed largely via the Labour movement and unions. Equal treatment is not a left-right matter. However, in recent times that has begun to change.
The conflation of the "LGBTQ" *political* brand with a far-left ideology is deeply unwelcome, since it purports to claim ownership over a whole class of people. The focus has shifted from being victims of abuses of power to becoming perpetrators. Liberation becomes domination.
The superficially accepting attitude to "queer" folk is worse than useless if it is contingent upon you adopting a Progressive ideology. That isn't liberation of the complete individual, that's at best disinhibition of lust in isolation—at worst a coercive and manipulative fraud.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. We're still fighting for liberation, just now nature of the oppression has mutated from the erotic to political. It's not safe to "come out" as #MAGA in many "tolerant, accepting, LGBT-friendly" work environments. Screw that!
The reality is that sexuality is a "root" energy of our being, and control over it has enormous social and political power. The #MAGA alliance needs its "queer" folk to speak out and be visible—as we are hard to denounce as homophobes for defending our own identity and liberties.
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