- Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA
I don't at all deny that Pride festivals/marches are becoming more popular than ever, but as they increase in popularity, so do homophobic extremists who attend those rallies. For example, two weeks ago Detroit had their major Pride March, and many homophobes as well as anti-semites attended, for the sole purpose of dehumanizing these people and trolling them. This is not the first time this has happened, and in my view, this type of behavior simply shouldn't go without punishment. Have a read: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/...hington-march-neo-nazi-stampede-a8950781.htmlThat must be why they just had a massive Pride Festival in my area that attracted close to 400,000 people.
I really hate to see these "It's worse than ever!!!" arguments/comments because it just shows a lack of knowledge about the history of what minorities have had to go through in the past (and in the process diminishes their struggles). Granted there is certainly room for improvement, but we are far more accepting of the LGBTQ community than any time in the past.
I'm curious, what's your stance on African-American's using the n-word? Should they suffer the same punishment as a white person that uses it? And if not, why?
Also, don't feed the troll, you're better than that.
As to your second question, I believe that Black people can say the N-word as much as they want, for the same reasons that LGBT individuals reclaimed "fag" and "queer", and women reclaimed "slut" and "whore". All of these words are slurs towards these specific groups, therefore no one but those a part of those groups should be allowed to use them, no matter the context.