In Facebook groups for parents of children with gender identity issues, one even senses a kind of mission, something transcendent. Parents compete to see who will be more understanding and get their child a breast removal or hormone treatment, as if affirming an authentic self that does not match the child's body will ensure success in life. Unfortunately, this is more likely to lead to the rapid development of somatic diseases, not to mention the consequences of neglecting to treat mental disorders, which very often occur simultaneously.
So there are more and more letters after "LGBT," but the question is what is the relationship between these individual communities
The Equality Parade in Warsaw and the earlier LGBT movement grew out of a social initiative by people from that community and carried universalist demands. People are different, but should be treated equally, hence the name "Equality Parade" The homosexuals advocated not only for the freedom to enter into relationships, but also for the elimination of discrimination. Later, following the example of the LGBT movement in the West, where most of the goals were achieved, the trend of transgender people being more supported than homosexuals also took hold in Poland. Although, paradoxically, the right to change gender in our country has been in force since the 1960s.
The main problem, however, is that they have begun to promote the belief that each person has a sense of gender identity independent of the body, which is more important than biology. This means that everyone can decide for themselves whether they are heterosexual, gay or lesbian, regardless of physical conditions. In other words, a homosexual woman who sees herself as a man becomes heterosexual, and a heterosexual man who sees himself as a woman becomes a lesbian. In Poland, legal marriage for such lesbians has already been announced. The LGBT movement fought for years against such an approach to gender, while today it is spreading it.
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Hundreds of fictitious gender identities based solely on stereotypes have also emerged, such as when a woman who dresses like a man claims to be non-binary. Ordinary preferences based on personality, such as the need for an intellectual relationship or a romantic relationship, or a low libido, are now equated with sexual orientation. This trivializes and undermines the seriousness of the demands and the meaning of the social dialogue to formalize the rights of gay and lesbian families.
Is the LGBT community cohesive? Recently, a gay activist went in search of gays among conservatives and right-wing politicians.
Bart Staszewski's actions revealing the sexual orientation of right-wing politicians would have been discrediting in the eyes of gay activists just a few years ago, because they were aware of the diversity of homosexuals and the potential harmfulness of such actions. Unfortunately, a trend is reaching Poland where LGBT individuals must adhere not only to the same value system, but also to political views. Instead of universalism, which emphasizes the similarities between people, we have identity politics, which emphasizes the differences.
It seems to me that LGBT today is an order strongly associated with left-wing parties, where there is no place for lesbian Catholics or conservative gays. There is also essentialization, that is, the belief that homosexuals, simply because of their orientation, are different from others in various dimensions of life and constitute a different culture.
Based on this belief, there are some rather absurd ideas like building apartment blocks only for lesbians in Berlin. One of the Polish portals Queer.pl asked if we would like to see something like that in Poland, and most readers answered no. After all, this is ghettoization, the creation of segregated urban spaces. We should strive for integration and not create enclaves for sexual minorities. Sometimes I get the impression that such ideas are the deliberate actions of a subversive group that wants to ridicule, internally disrupt, or undermine the effectiveness of the LGBT movement.
So the person who says that LGBT is not individual people with certain sexual preferences, but simply an ideology, is right?
I understand what the person who said that meant, but with those words - after the controversy they have caused - it is important to emphasize that the LGBT acronym is used to refer to certain groups of people, so such statements can end up provoking someone who is demoralized to attack, so they are not appropriate. However, the acronym itself is, of course, a convention, a thought, an idea.
However, it is important to remember that this community has begun to adhere to a kind of ideology in which there is no place for other views. Moreover, there is no place for feminists who recognize a clear separation of the sexes in the biological sense. There is no place for joyful, inclusive gatherings or marches when slogans directed against us with threats are allowed. Moreover, the non-governmental organizations representing the interests of this community do not focus on fighting for social rights such as LGBT marriage, but on highlighting club entertainment or the realm of sexuality and, more recently, transgender issues.
Every ideology has tried to bend the world, sometimes going too far, to say the least. Changing the world is not a bad thing in itself; that's what politics is for, after all. But radicalization and detachment from reality are of no use to anyone.
However, many people, even very tolerant people, have a problem with the Equality Parade. They would not take their child there. This culture is often associated with a kind of hyper-sexuality.
Appearances by so-called drag queens at such events are indeed controversial, especially since - I do not know why - this kind of image has become a symbol of the LGBT movement. I suspect that the highlighting of what used to be called transvestism is done for marketing reasons, because it is unusual and colorful. However, it not only raises doubts about the seriousness of the demands for the legalization of family rights, but also ridicules women by presenting a caricatured image.
Drag culture is about styling oneself as a stereotypical woman, and this is exactly the image feminists have been fighting against for years. Drag queens have exaggerated makeup, big breasts, flirtatious movements. Let us think about what would happen if I wanted to dress up as a person of a different race or had a preference for dressing up as an elderly or disabled person. That would certainly be considered inappropriate, to say the least. And at the same time, we are forced to accept a man who appears in tights, stilettos, heavy makeup and a wig.
There is another dangerous issue, which is the emphasis on the sexual dimension of life, including fetishism or sadomasochism. In my opinion, disorders of sexual preference are no more common among gays and lesbians than in the rest of the population, so why should we be viewed through that prism?
Do you support solutions like access for transsexuals (men who consider themselves women) to women's locker rooms?
Many women who have experienced male harassment or violence are afraid to walk down the street alone after dark, let alone meet a man in a women's locker room. Even if that man "feels" like a woman. Unfortunately, it turns out that there are even more paraphilias in men, or what used to be simply called... deviations. One example is exhibitionism, which is the sexual gratification that comes from exposing oneself and masturbating in front of women who do not want it.