pinkwash this

transfem models getting magazine covers without any mention of transgender identity

transfem actresses getting cast as girls without any speculation to whether the character is cis or trans

transfem musicians and artists landing major gigs and interviews without the journalistic and promotional focus on trans visibility (our work isnt always about being trans!)

trans girls getting recognition and success because theyre beautiful, smart and talented, not just because of corporate pinkwashing

When you say “Cancel Israeli Pinkwashing” I can only see that as two things

  • Either you mean you want Israel to not be as LGBTQ friendly as they are because it’s inconvenient to your demonization of Israel.
  • Or you mean that you want Israel to stop existing alltogether, and be replaced by a Muslim Palestine that will most likely pull back on all LGBTQ rights Israel had.

So either way you’re both anti-semitic and Anti-LGBTQ rights for Israelis.

If you have some other explanation to “cancel pinkwashing” that doesn’t make you sound like an absolute monster, please, be my guest.

Something that totally happens according to Zionists

IDF soldier: Get out. We’re bulldozing your home.

Palestinian: Well, guess what? I’m gay.

IDF soldier: Oh. I’m sorry. You and your family can continue to live in your home in peace. We’ll even make sure that your house never gets hit by Israeli missiles. Also, we’ll let you freely go anywhere in the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem, and Israel. You see, Israel’s existence actually makes life better for all LGBT people, not just the ones who are Jewish Israeli citizens.

Can we please stop perpetuating the idea that if you are not out you are somehow still “waiting” to have the “courage” to lead an authentic life? How many narratives of queerness are you erasing with this fake one-size-fits-all coming-out-of-the-closet narrative? Newsflash: there is more than one legitimate way to be queer, it is patently NOT safe for every queer person on this planet to be out, and telling queer people otherwise is violent and problematic as fuck.

i hate shit which poses pinkwashing as conspiracy theorising like,

nobody is suggesting that the Israeli state is giving queers rights as a ~ruse~, but we are saying that it consistently uses that it’s done that to pose itself as a champion of human rights when it’s actually like. summarily executing Palestinian children in the streets.

like if u think this isn’t part of a coordinated PR campaign and Israel is just coincidentally blasting a global TEL AVIV IS THE GAY CAPITAL OF THE WORLD COME PARTY W US message for no reason then? you actually are the one who’s no longer talking about reality? anyway end the occupation


#notproud of Auckland Pride Parade 2015. Keep talking about this, keep challenging the prison industrial complex, the police as an institution that serves and protects power and property instead of people, pinkwashing of capitalist exploitation, Israeli apartheid and state violence against indigenous people. Keep up the queer-powered resistance against this interconnected festering yuck that is All Oppression. 

If you call someone anti-Semitic just for opposing the state of Israel, you are being anti-Semitic against me, personally.

If you use the words “Jews” and “Zionists” interchangeably, you are being anti-Semitic against me, personally.

If you say “this offends Jews” when you mean “this offends supporters of Israel,” you are being anti-Semitic against me, personally.

If you believe that any state represents the Jewish people, you are being anti-Semitic against me, personally.

Loving and supporting the Jewish people means understanding that we are not a monolith, that we have intense disagreements, and that many, many, many of us are proudly anti-Zionist, and stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine. You honor the Jewish people by granting us this capacity for full humanness, and you insult us when you imagine that we have such a narrow, prescriptive character.

Israeli Pinkwashing

Israelis supporting a “gay rights victory” is fine.
Israelis supporting a “gay rights victory” and completely ignoring the lack of freedom Palestinian LGBT+ people have in Israel and under Israeli occupation is not fine. Though it is not pinkwashing, it is (I’m not sure if this is even a thing, but it is now) being a pinkwashing apologist.
Pinkwashing is not something an individual (usually) does, it is a part of a system of using LGBT rights to excuse capitalism, imperialism and racism, Individual “pinkwashers” don’t necessarily exist, unless they are the sole organizers of policy. That being said, a group of pro-Israel LGBT people who disregard the struggles of Palestinian LGBT people is guilty of pinkwashing.

anonymous asked:

Can you explain why you don't think "love is love" isn't a helpful thing to say? I thought it was a pro same sex marriage saying??

1. same sex marriage is legally great (i.e. allows nonhet couples to have the same rights to inheritance, health care, visitation, etc.) but also can compel queer people into heteronormative living/family structures and economic structures and expectations. Queer youth are more likely to be impoverished, homeless, die from treatable diseases, are more likely to be abused and murdered. These are issues that same sex marriage don’t even come close to eradicating, and slogans definitely don’t address these needs at all. 

2. phrases like love is love are extremely neoliberal oversimplfications of complex, often ugly class issues. 

3. As a result, large corporations often use slogans such as the above to pinkwash their practices and look way less shitty (i.e. new balance or adidas or banks using rainbow flags as promotional material,  but still utilizing child labor and not genuinely caring about queer people)

The constant reference of Zionists as Nazis is such a bizarre and historically incoherent trend.

Sure, I suppose you can liken certain aspects of Israel’s atrocious policies against Palestinians to the ideological premise and political manifestation of Nazism, but from a comparative standpoint, the two have very little in common, which is why activists from Palestine usually reference other cases of oppression (Jim Crow - new and old- or apartheid South Africa) to allude to their own and draw inspiration from.

Perhaps its the shock value of referring to people as Nazis, or maybe its a cheap shot against Jewish Zionists to throw the history back in their face (which is fundamentally antisemitic), but its not an apt parallel. The entire premise of settler colonialism, pinkwashing, faithwashing, normalization by presenting it as a “conflict” rather than “genocide” or an archaic battle of Muslims and Jews, PR firms, historical erasure of Palestinians, the global packaging and profiteering of culturally Arab cuisine and traditions as their own, paid agents and so many other facets of Israel’s political mechanism disappear.

Zionists aren’t Nazis. And they aren’t similar enough to solicit such a scandalous correspondence. Aside from the fact that no Jewish person should ever be called a Nazi, they’re Zionists. Being a Zionist means sanctioning the largest refugee population, countless massacres and the attempted erosion of a people and that is bad enough. They don’t need to be preemptively resembled to any other oppressor. The political narrative of Palestinians is urgent enough without sensationalist titles for the oppressors.