I do not think it means what you think it means.
Hello dear reader(s)!
Today’s word is not “inconceivable”, like in the awesome movie The Princess Bride, from which I took the title and first line of this post.
Today’s word is “ally”.
And for this post, “ally” is specifically referring to those who claim to be for equal rights for LGBTQAEIOU and sometimes Y people. (Yes, I do not indulge in petty arguments over letters. Feel free to add or subtract your own.)
You see, last month was Pride month. And last month, a lot of people had their rainbow flags (some of whom argued over colors), and all kinds of posts about how they were an ally. How they think that who people love should not matter. And that’s great.
Except I know how some of these people voted. These people are not allies.
You can not be an ally if you voted for a Trump/Pence ticket. I could possibly forgive you for falling for Don the Con’s lip-service to the gay community, but his choice for Vice President was made before you voted. And Mikey “Mother Lover” Pence is not exactly a friend to the gay community. He is an enemy. If you voted to advance his career, you are, in fact, the exact opposite of an ally. Jeffyboy Sessions (KKK trash) was pretty well-known to be unfriendly to anyone who was not a rich, straight, white male. Trump himself was pushed heavily by outspoken evangelical enemies of the gay community and it does not take a rocket scientist to know that he would be supporting their hateful, freedom to discriminate agenda. You can’t be an ally if you are in league with the enemy. And I don’t care if you are gay, or bi, or trans, or pansexual, genderfluid, queer, intersex, alien, mermaid…if you voted for these clowns, you need to have your head examined for your self-loathing selling-out of your rights.
Allies, provide mutual defense. Allies come to the aid of those attacked. Allies sure as hell do not prioritize another issue over the safety and freedom of those who they ally with. Allies don’t justify the loss of rights of their allies from some empty promises and other rhetoric on other issues important to them.
Being an ally doesn’t just mean posting a rainbow flag on Facebook. You can’t be an ally and still vote for people looking to take away the rights of your allies. Greg Abbott voters are not allies. You can’t justify people’s discrimination as religious freedom and call yourself an ally.
You can’t knowingly support certain discriminatory businesses and call yourself an ally. Allies don’t get give material support and aid to the enemies of their allies.
When I say I am an ally, here is what I mean:
- I will never set foot in a Chik-fil-A or any business that I KNOW contributes to the denial of rights or fights to discriminate against others using “religious freedom” as an excuse This shit was supposed to be settled when racists argued their religion allowed them to discriminate against black people. I am certain I unwittingly consume from hateful-ass companies, but I try.
- I will call out anyone and everyone as hateful when they support hateful legislation Like when I blasted the Mormons for opposing Prop 8 and lost friends as a result.
- I will defend my allies from attack as vigorously as I would defend myself And if you fuck with one of the allies who are close to me, even more so.
- I will vote for the candidate least likely to deny people’s rights in any election ever Nothing is more important.
- I will do my best to make my voice heard whether it is June, or July, or any time. That means showing up to marches when I can, or spreading the word when I can’t. It means posting about it here. It mean calling my representatives anytime I am aware of legislation that could potentially impact my allies.
- I will not associate with any group that discriminates I think it is hilarious that Christians often call-out Muslims for not stopping those who hate in their religion’s name, and those who commit acts of violence, but are unusually silent when a much higher percentage of people in their own religion hate and commit violence against gay people. I am surprised when I see people attend churches that are opposed to gay rights while claiming to be an ally.
I am an ally. Some of the people close to me are in constant danger or losing their rights or being harmed. I am their ally though, and if you want to attack them, be prepared for a war.