I just finished watching the death and life of Marsha p Johnson, it is such an important and relevant movie I’m really amazed, Marsha p Johnson was one of the most important people for the lgbt movement and her story and the stories of her companions need to be more well known.
There is a clip in the movie that really struck a chord with me, it is of Sylvia Rivera speaking at a pride rally to the community, the community boos her and shouts at her and heckles her into tears but despite that she shouts at the top of her lungs forcing them to listen and she addresses the fact that there is a white middle class base that controls the movement, and that within the community itself trans people, people of color and other minorities are pushed aside and treated as less than, to the point that she someone who launched the movement at stone wall would be booed at a pride rally all because she spoke out for the people the white middle class gays would rather ignore. And this rings so true today, people in our own community would rather shit on you and call you ridiculous for acknowledging the bigotry within our own community.
I’m reminded of the stone wall movie that came out a few years ago, it created a white male savior (as media loves to do with both fictional and historical events) to be the center of the riots and the spearhead of the movement, it was a good example of how the community can whitewash and ignore anyone who doesn’t fit the white gay cookie cutter stereotype.
the reality is trans people, people of color, people with disabilities, women, asexual people, bisexual people and so many others exist, they are just as important as the white gays and they deserve so much more than an eye roll or to be booed at, our community who fought so hard to earn recognition and acceptance by the world should itself be open and accepting of its members, but sadly it’s not and it’s been over 40 years without much change, I’m starting to wonder if we didn’t earn our place at the table so much as get assimilated to keep us quiet.
Regardless the movie was great I know there was some controversy over its making but honestly I think the story it tells is so important that it can be overlooked atleast until after you’ve watched the movie.