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Doug Cooper Spencer
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Writer, Novelist, Storyteller (Dougcooperspencer.com) (Storiesdougcooperspencer@Gmail.com)
Writer, Novelist, Storyteller (Dougcooperspencer.com) (Storiesdougcooperspencer@Gmail.com)

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Long road. And to think possibly these two bruhs had to fight 2 fronts (racism & sexuality). Remember: INJUSTICE DOES STILL EXIST.
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Some while ago I posted this essay. In it I ask: "once equal rights for gays have been won- - not if, but once that’s done- - where does the larger LGBT community go from there in terms of fighting injustice? Are equal rights for same-sex couples the final challenge for the LGBT community?" ... There is injustice of all kinds in the world. Will those movements within the LGBT community continue on to fight ALL INJUSTICE, or will the LGBT community congeal, exposing the dirty little secret it has kept from the larger world-- the fact that bigotry exists within the LGBT community. (Here's the essay, below):

After Equality, Then What? Challenging the Notion of Equality in the Gay Rights Movement:Essay by Doug Cooper Spencer Sept. 09
June 25, 2011 at 2:21pm
Despite the confusing messages coming from the Obama Administration regarding the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the past weeks, equal rights for gays and lesbians will pass legal muster sooner than some might think. It can be seen in the presence it has in conversations regarding civil rights and in the changing views of a growing number of former opponents such as the black clergy as well as members of the Republican Party.
 
But once equal rights for gays have been won- - not if, but once that’s done- - where does the larger LGBT community go from there in terms of fighting injustice? Are equal rights for same-sex couples the final challenge for the LGBT community?
 
Common sense would tell us ‘no’, because there are many other forms of injustice for which the LGBT community can stand against, but will it? In earnest, I wonder just how far words like freedom, equality, justice and liberty will fly in the gay community once the fight for equal rights for the gay community have been acquired.
 
The fact that the ‘gay’ community is just as diverse as any other population and that, in spite of its presumed character of being a like-minded unit, the gay community is really a microcosm of larger culture, thereby setting itself up for the foibles and grace common to every other demographic, including the exchange of power based on various class distinctions.
 
That being said, where will the gay and lesbian community stand on issues of race, economic disparity, gender inequality and sexual orientation as it affects the trans community, to name only a few? And what is the broader gay community doing to build the bridges needed to affect a larger revolution for freedom? It can no longer go on pointing fingers at other groups as being antithetical to the concerns of the gay community when, in truth, it suffers from the same condition of self-serving behavior.
 
For instance, we often hear grumbling about how the black gay community seems to not take up the flag in the fight for gay equality to the extent as their white counterparts (though this is not entirely true). Needless to say, those same people often show reticence when it comes to understanding that there might be concerns affecting the black gay community that take priority over the issue of equal rights. There are issues that adversely affect the black LGBT community, LGBT Latinos of Color and other communities that have little immediate bearing on the white gay community. As psychologist Abraham Maslow asserted 66 years ago, until one’s basic needs are met, there should be little expectation of that person or group to focus on loftier goals (actually, those basic needs are that groups loftier goals for that moment in its existence).
 
But does the white gay community really care? Does it really care that there are members of its own who face injustice when it comes to acquiring the basics that everyone aspires, that everyone needs to live? Or are those disaffected groups merely cogs in the machine towards acquiring the goals of the white gay community? As well, will many in the gay community who don’t share the privileges of others come to recognize the value of equal rights for the gay community?
 
These are the questions both communities must ask, because you see, one will find it difficult to achieve its goals without the help of the other. As the defeat of California’s Proposition 8, showed, the white gay community needs the support of those outside their community to gain ground; and those outside the white gay community needs the support of the people, including the white gay community, to right the wrongs that has been handed it for so long.
 
One could ask, ‘where do we strike an accord’, in all this. That is the most practical way of looking at this discussion. What kinds of negotiations can all communities make to come to reasonable terms in ensuring justice for all? Or, from a more spiritual perspective: Everyone should understand the universal connection we all have with each other, and that it is true that no one is free until all are free.
I’m not suggesting that the various gay communities hold back on the fight for equal rights for gays and lesbians because it is a right that affects everyone. But the white gay community must also commit itself to fighting against all forms of injustice as well, not just the ones that serves the interests of its own.
That’s the way I see it, but I wonder how many others would agree?
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(Excerpt): Charlotte had gotten deeper into drugs and alcohol and men who weren’t good for her; the door to her apartment swung open constantly with men coming and going, crashing on her couch because they had no place to stay or sleeping in her bed because they needed someone into which they could release their confusion. (more excerpts at: http://www.dougcooperspencer.com/excerpts-of-all-books.html)
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South Africa, Germany, and the U.S. ... ‪#EllaPruitt‬ seems to be making the rounds with readers. Thanks for the support! I hope you enjoy the story. (excerpts at www.Dougcooperspencer.com)
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