Important A-spec Allies PSA
Know what I don’t trust anymore? Any posts seemingly made for queer/lgbt+ people that use the phrases “straight people” or “the straights”, or that use the meme “thanks, sharon/janet/brenda/etc.”
Why? Because these phrases and that meme have become codes that SGA gatekeepers use to propagate anti a-spec sentiment. I’m not even exaggerating (though I wish I were). Every single queer/lgbt+ post I see nowadays that uses these codes (and there are a lot of them) is, if I check (which I do), made by an SGA gatekeeper. For ex. I’ve seen this one going around:
And, as you can guess, the OP is 100% an SGA gatekeeper.
These posts seem innocent and inclusive but they’re not. And I can promise you that many a-spec users on this site know these posts are meant to exclude them, even if they can’t articulate why they feel Othered like I can. That’s how slow, long-term propaganda works: it re-codes popular language by consistently placing it in specific contexts; that way, the audience will begin to unconsciously associate those terms with those contexts. In this case, SGA gatekeepers are consistently creating content that labels a-spec people as “straight”, and then consistently creating separate content that disparages “straight” people for intruding in spaces they don’t belong (particularly queer/lgbt+ spaces).
And it’s working, because tons of a-spec inclusive bloggers are reblogging these seemingly innocent posts, thus giving sanction to their message. And as such, when SGA gatekeepers ALSO reblog those posts (fully understanding the true meaning), they gain authority through association with those other Trusted Bloggers. It’s the exact same tactic as using celebrity endorsement to sell makeup.
So when young queer/lgbt+ followers THEN see posts claiming that a-spec people are really just “straight intruders”? They start to trust those posts, start to doubt a-spec people. Because they see the SGA gatekeepers making the posts as part of a trustworthy front, and it’s hard to know what to do when everyone looks like the good guy.
And so the cycle slowly continues. And a-spec people continue to see more and more anti a-spec sentiment on their dash, both covert and overt.
I don’t usually engage SGA discourse in any way because I prefer being actively inclusive instead, but this was too insidious for me to leave unaddressed. Due to current trends, I now consider it the responsibility of a-spec inclusive queer/lgbt+ people to vet community posts like these before reblogging. To actively try to remember this as often as possible. Especially those who aren’t a-spec themselves, because as non a-spec people, you won’t be as intuitively sensitive to the message underlying these posts but your a-spec followers will be. So please, make the effort to be aware and quickly vet these posts before reblogging. And if it turns out to be SGA-made, either call it out or don’t reblog. I know we can’t be perfect but I also know that with every SGA-made post that gains positive traction, a-spec people become more alienated. And if we don’t try to stop it then this tactic will succeed in its hatemongering.
Thanks. And much love to all my black, non-white, disabled, neurodivergent, and intersex a-spec people out there. As well as the multi-spec and trans people taking shit for us and now also being called “straight”/”not lgbt” because of it. <3 Stay safe. You’re always welcome on my blog.
Reblog at will.
TLDR; Read The Bolded.