Well done, Yasmin. Thanks for this. I am ceaselessly astonished & horrified by how much of the pivotal work many of us did in the 80s & 90s is constantly being undone or ceded by professional shills from Gay Inc & other groups purporting to speak on an entire community's behalf. I'm speaking here of projects like developing & articulating a sex-positive anti-censorship feminist stance on porn, for instance, or fighting for the right to produce & implement AIDS prevention & educational materials that talk in frank ways about queer sex, & prioritizing ensuring or even mandating practical & legal access to those materials by youth, including queer youth, sex workers, IV drug users, prisoners, & other at risk populations, or even the very basic fight for the right of artists, including but not limited to queer artists, to engage sexually explicit themes in their work without fear of loss of funding or outright retroactive censorship by museums/publishers & other distributors of their art by who cave in fear in response to the unholy alliance of right wing governmental forces acting in concert with various anti-gay & anti-porn groups -- some calling themselves leftist or mainstream gay or feminists -- and the Christian right. It saddens me that today we are *still* hashing out these issues, that often we seem to have lost rather than gained ground, & that so many within the queer community don't see or acknowledge the significant tangible hindering legal & practical impact that regulation of online speech & images, internet censorship laws (even those that censor "just a little bit"), & regulation/prohibitions against "pornographic" work in all sorts of venues & mediums have on AIDS/HIV prevention & education campaigns, individual queer/trans youth, the ability of queer & trans youth groups to organize or even exist, etc. etc.etc.
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