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Why LGBT people should join the Occupation
16 reasons the LGBT community
should be joining the Occupy Wall
Street protests around the country
My view of the Occupy Wall Street
protest is that it's an unfocused jum-
ble — but at least somebody's doing
something. At last. What began with a few
dozen demonstrators on Wall Street has grown
into a national conniption over corporate greed
and government collusion.
It's easy for those in power to dismiss the pro-
testers as young people devoid of both sense and
hygiene. But all sorts-of people are protesting.
And that includes us.
LGBT folks are demonstrating from New York
to Seattle. I'm pleased about that. I can think of
a lot of reasons we should be in-
volved in this fight:
L Gay men bring a certain Verve
to any gathering.
2. We are in the middle of our
movement, still battling for our civil
rights, so some of us are ready to
demonstrate at the drop of a tweet.
3. Our experienced protesters can
advise others on being arrested with
maximum exposure and minimum
4. LGBT anthems might be inspir-
ing. I'm thinking of "I Will Survive,"
not "It's Raining Men,"
5. During the considerable down time —
man vol the protests involve camping out—we
could introduce party games. Maybe plan a
wedding for a laid-off steel worker and an un-
6. We have been the victims of
Wall Street shenanigans, too, losing
our homes, our jobs, our hope. Cor-
porate greed is very equal opportu-
nity, savaging straight and gay
7. We have also been the victim-
izers. If you've abetted corporate
criminality, it's time to grow a con-
science, sell one of your houses and
post bail for protesters. Or see to it
that the demonstration in your city
becomes a catered affair.
8. Spiritual guidance. If demonstrators want a
blessing or just clerical panache, our community
can provide it in the form of lesbian rabbis, MCC
ministers, gay priests, Radical Faeries and les-
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9. The protests are irritating Glenn Beck, and
that's reason enough to participate.
10. Passion. Throngs of people. Close quarters.
Asense of being real: Occupy Wall Street is Pride
out of season.
11. As with Pride, the opportunities for meet-
ing a soulmate or a bedmate are ripe.
12. LGBT persons soaking up the agitation
over corporate power might be m oved to exam-
ine how we produce our annual festivals.
Should Pride be about gay freedom or grapefruit
13. For a few, these demonstrations would
provide a professional challenge: the chance to
give an anarchist a makeover.
14. LGBT leaders have learned the importance
of allies. We need to keep these ties strong. When
gay people visibly participate in Occupy Wall
Street, we stand with youth, liberals, unions,
people of color, faith groups, veterans, profes-
sionals, anti-war activists and environmentalists.
And confused tourists.
15. It would be best all around if these protests
were nonviolent, and who better to diffuse ten-
sion between demonstrators and police than a
quick-thinking drag queen? If well delivered, the
line "Does this demonstration make me look
fat?" should do the trick.
16. The struggle for gay rights is a lengthy un-
dertaking, and the obstacles and backward
steps are draining. Occupy Wall Street could re-
juvenate our spirits. It might remind us what
people can do when they're angry, fighting for
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RESULTS FROM LAST WEEK'S POLL:
Are the Occupy Wall Street protests having a positive
impact, a negative impact or no impact?
■ Positive: 61 percent
■ Negative: 14 percent
■ None: 25 percent
147 Votes cast
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