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Pride Flag Shows That Older Gay Men Might Live in a Racist Closet. [VIDEO]

Pride Flag Shows That Older Gay Men Might Live in a Racist Closet. [VIDEO]

Pride Flag Shows That Older Gay Men Might Live in a Racist Closet. [VIDEO]

Did you know that last month was Gay Pride month? You didn’t? Well, that makes at least two of us — I didn’t know either.

But did you know that there is also a new Gay Pride flag?

Well, there is. Actually, the new flag came out (see what I did there?) a year ago in Philadelphia, and the artist who designed it decided to add new stripes of black and brown. Never mind that no rainbow in nature has brown or black stripes — it’s all about the intersectionality of race and LGBT, or something.

I know the term “intersectionality” is rather confusing, but here’s a video to explain it. You may roll your eyes and mutter “oh, for f*ck’s sake,” but at least you’ll know.

But now that Pride Flag 2.0 has been around for a year, I wonder: is there a bit of racism among the LGBT crowd after all?

At least that’s how BuzzFeed tells it — you know, BuzzFeed, that purveyor of every social cause provided it’s not straight, white, or Christian.

BuzzFeed cited a poll of 880 LGBT adults and found that a lot of them don’t like the new flag. In fact, 58% oppose the new stripes. Moreover, the biggest group who oppose it are white gay men over 50.

Say what? And here I thought that older gay men, who’ve lived longer with prejudice than younger men, would have more empathy. I guess they haven’t signed onto that intersectionality thing.

Then there’s this sentiment about the brown and black stripes. Don’t ask me to explain what “white opportunism” means — I’m at a loss here.

But then there’s this lesbian woman who explains why she doesn’t like the new stripes either. And yes, she’s white — well, she identifies as white, even though she says she has Middle East heritage. She looks white, and admits she has “white privilege,” so there you go. At least she’s not going full Elizabeth Warren here.

The woman makes some interesting, if not rather baffling points. But then I suppose I’m puzzled because I’m not intersectional enough, being a white straight female.

She finds the new flag “hypocritically ironic.” In other words, she’s really complaining that black folks get their own stripe while every other queer ‘person of color’ is relegated to the brown stripe. She further complains that there are no stripes for other sexualities and all those genders that Facebook identifies. Instead, this flag represents. . . wait for it. . . “mono cis gender people.”

Yeah, I’m scratching my head, too.

As far as homosexuality goes, I’m pretty much live and let live. I rather agree with the British actress of the Victorian era, Mrs. Patrick Campbell, who quipped:

“Does it really matter what these affectionate people do — so long as they don’t do it in the streets and frighten the horses!”

No, I don’t have an issue with gay or transgender people who want to live quiet, unobtrusive lives. Yes, I know those kind of folks. We can respect and care about each other, and they can fly whatever flag they want. Or not.

What I do have a problem with are the gay activists who want to make me care that they’re gay, or transgender, or whatever. The people who sneer at my religious faith and do all they can to silence its practice.

This flag is for them:

As far as the Pride flag with the brown and black stripes — well, in the words of another favorite saying: “not my circus, not my monkeys.” That’s for the gay community to sort out, although it is rather curious to find racial division over a flag. I guess they have to get their intersectionality message straight — oops, I mean, organized.

But on Independence Day, the only flag I’ll be flying is the Stars and Stripes. It represents the freedom for all Americans to express themselves however they see fit — as long as it doesn’t frighten the horses.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

5 Comments
  • Well, I was active in the homosexual lifestyle during the 1980s (I came out of the closet, took a look around at the AIDS epidemic, and went right back in and locked the door after me) and I have a couple of observations.

    First, the whole point of the Rainbow symbolism is that the color of what is in your heart is more important than the color of your skin, so putting stripes to represent specific skin colors in it pretty much erases the original message.

    Second, historically darker hued communities have been, uh, less than accepting of homosexuality. In fact, in most places in the world run by dark skinned people it is actively discouraged if not criminalized. There are still a lot of places in Africa and the Middle East where you can be executed for homosexuality.

    Third, real rainbows do not have brown or black stripes. It’s ROY G BIV, not BB ROY G BIV.

    Lastly, it’s ugly. It’s an ugly flag.

  • SFC D says:

    So as a straight, white, conservative male, I’m expected to respect and accept the gay community. OK, I’ve done that. Love whoever you want, I really don’t care. Just don’t get mad at me when I laugh my ass off because now the gay community suddenly can’t even accept and respect each other under one flag.

  • hm says:

    i don’t know why you wrote an article on this seeing as how you’re straight and white and your input doesn’t matter on these issues. if it’s for “the gay community” to sort out then why even write the article??? you don’t present any evidence except for some other white woman who believes in reverse racism and there’s no actual conclusion reached. your language is incredibly patronizing as well. keep your opinions to yourself, because lgbt people don’t want them

    • Kim Hirsch says:

      Shorter version of your rant: “I don’t like what you said so you have to shut up.”

      Wave that pink hammer-and-sickle flag with pride, m’kay?

    • Scott says:

      Well, not that Kim needs defending, but there was nothing patronizing in her post at all. Now, if she had said “bless your heart” then you could claim such… if you want patronizing, then I’ll give it a go… if the psychiatric profession hadn’t given in to PC pressure, aberrant behavior such as yours would still be appropriately be classified as the mental disorder it is! “transgenders” have a suicide rate far above the norm because they are mentally ill and delusional! to believe they are a different sex than what biology makes apparent is not a sane state of mind. I can believe with all my heart that I’m an oak tree, or a dalmation, or a chimp for that matter, it doesn’t make it right, it makes me mentally ill. These people, like you, should all be pitied, as anyone suffering from such severe mental issues. They should also receive appropriate mental treatment, to ensure that they are not a danger to themselves or others… Hows that??
      Or how about this… based on your logic, anyone who has never served in the military should STFU about anything related to it (including allowing mentally ill people to serve), because their input doesn’t matter… Don’t own a gun? then STFU on gun issues, because your opinion doesn’t matter. Don’t drink alcohol? then STFU on drunk driving, because your opinion doesn’t matter.. get the point yet you mental midget? a hell of a slippery slope you’re proposing there, but of course, like any good communist, you’d never apply such rules to others, just the Untermensch…
      /rant off

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