"As long as Western liberal democracies can name “gay rights” as the new litmus test for an appropriate twenty-first century democracy, we can obsess about “anti-gay” legislation in Nigeria and say nothing about the violence and economic exploitation of the Shell Oil Company on the land and bodies of Nigerians. We can be seduced by the international gay travel industry to visit “gay friendly” (and “post-racial paradise”) Rio de Janeiro, and say nothing of the massive police violence and genocidal removal of blacks from favelas in preparation for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Is it any wonder that many people outside of the United States, particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa, have grown resentful of increasing threats to pull critical funding by NGOs and Western nations for not being “LGBT friendly,” while we let all other sorts of violence and exploitation (often by corporations and evangelical churches that originate within the West) go unmentioned?"
Afterword: A future beyond equality - Kenyon Farrow (via queerintersectional)
Hi. lebnaniye here with something to add to this already perfect excerpt. YOU NEED TO LOOK UP PINKWASHING AND HOW ISRAEL IS FORGIVEN FOR ITS GENOCIDE CRIMES BECAUSE WHITE GAYS CAN GO FROLICK ITS BEACHES. This is a major, major problem and, of cours, we can trace the forgiving of “gay-friendly” countries to race in that the Western world views countries that espouse gay rights as akin to white countries and therefore view them as more developed and progressive. Don’t be fooled for a second: no one cares about gay rights in either the countries according them or the countries using them as a standard for “an appropriate twenty-first century democracy”. This is all about which brown/black/non-Western countries are more like the superior white ones to which, according to the West, all countries should aspire. How else is this about race? Think pieces are written about these so-called progressive countries that urge the populations of Western countries to visit and economically support these countries (which is a direct as well as implied forgiveness of these countries’ other human rights issues): basically, the West only pats these gay-friendly non-Western countries on the back so that it can encourage white (presumably LGBTQ) people (and “allies”) to go visit these countries. This isn’t about caring about the LGBTQ people who live there: this is about maximising a white person’s ability to “safely” visit (and trample all over and appropriate cultures of) as many countries as possible.
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(Source: arahella, via whitecedars)