MorningGloria over at Jezebel wrote a very interesting post yesterday, lambasting celebrities for co-opting the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Her examples were: Katy Perry (Brand?), who has apparently changed her mind on the social acceptability of homophobic slurs and lesbianism for male approval and Lady Gaga.
Here’s where I got lost. Feel free to correct me, but I was fairly certain that the Lady was bisexual. (Bisexuality: Putting the ‘B’ in LGBTQI for as long as is memorable!) And a bisexual who has long campaigned for this repeal in a very public manner. Putting aside all the problematic issues that come along with an ostensibly very liberal blog continuing the trend of refusing to believe that bisexuals are oppressed and that (furthermore) you needn’t act on your sexual identification for it to be your identity, it was sort of bizarre argument to make.
Because, really, to whom does the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell belong?
It certainly belongs to Army Medic Sargeant Lacye Presley and her partner, former Servicemember Holly Tomson. It belongs to Lieutenant Dan Choi and it belongs to every one of the many Arabic translators who were discharged for being gay. It belongs to every member of the Armed Services — future, past and present — who has ever had to wonder if their sexuality will prevent them from remaining employed.
Those days are over, after 17 long years of believing that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was the most tolerant solution for our Armed Services. And this incredible triumph for human rights belongs to each and every one of us. We should all be celebrating.
Do I enjoy watching heterosexual cisgendered celebrities pat themselves on the back for their involvement in the repeal? Not especially. Do I think that the shitstorm going down in the comments is inappropriate and detracts from this incredible page in history? Absolutely.
Ironically, by criticizing the celebrating celebrities, MorningGloria has done the very same thing that she is railing on: missing the point entirely.
It’s not about you, Jezebel.