Commentary: Pink and Black Attack: I am a Radical Queer
I am a radical queer. I have tattoos, piercings, and a mohawk. I use dental floss to sew patches on my clothes and I even silkscreen my own patches. I am an activist and I organize. I fight for freedom from oppression, peace, and equality. I am an anarchist, against all marriage, and against assimilation.
Anarchy does not mean chaos or destruction. I am a pacifist. It means small, scale collective organization where everyone has a voice as opposed to majority rules. Anarchy does not mean a lack of responsibility or respect. It is quite the opposite. It means being a fully conscious human being that doesn’t steal, kill, or violate another being because it’s the right thing to do. It’s agreeing to disagree and live and let live. It does not mean force or brutality or violence. It means peace, love, and equality. It’s not needing laws to be govern because we are the ungovernable because we do what is right without them.
We don’t need marriage recognized by the state. We know who we love with our hearts and souls. The state has no business in our business. Marriage is a money-making business. Divorce sells. We have no need for that. For that system or any system.
Equality isn’t the same thing as sameness. We don’t need to pretend we are like heterosexuals. We aren’t, we’re queer. Accept us for how we are and not what you would like us to be. We won’t stop being queer and assimilate to the mainstream culture. We won’t buy your brand of gay being sold to us by the Advocate or Logo. We’ll make our own. Don’t hate the media, become the media.
That’s preciously what I am doing. I am at odds with most of society. I don’t consume animal products. I don’t watch television. I don’t like team sports. I don’t care about the Olympics or celebrity gossip. I don’t like malls or fast food establishments. I don’t go to church. I don’t believe in god. I don’t smoke. I don’t drink beer. I don’t do drugs.
I read books. I write. I go to punk shows. I listen to queercore and anarcho-punk. I volunteer. I draw. I paint. I live in the moment. I live my life actively – not passively.
Sometimes I feel really alone. Like, I am the only one who cares so much it hurts. That I want to change a world that doesn’t want to be changed. I know you can’t change the system by force otherwise it’s a false peace. It’s done slowly, over time, with patience and education. The system is made up of people. To change the system, you must change the people. I’m trying.
I don’t like radicals who are radical for the sake of being radical and not with an agenda. Getting people mad doesn’t do anything. There’s no revolution in going to a church and shocking the congregation. There’s real revolution in going to that church and befriending congregates and teaching them that bigotry and homophobia is not the path to take. Life is about learning, growing, and teaching. It’s about kindness, compassion, and understanding. Not ignorance and hate.
Some people are untouchable and so set in their ways. For those, you have to agree to disagree, and co-inhibit the earth peacefully. There are always going to be people that you don’t like. You can’t befriend everyone. Believe me, I tried. Some people just don’t want to be your friends. Accept it and move on.
I am a radical queer. I believe anything worth doing, is worth doing completely and fully. I’ll fly the pink and black flag proud – for it stands for what I believe in; anarchy, peace, and equality. I don’t expect everyone to agree with me but that doesn’t make my view any less valid. I write my truth and thank you for listening.
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