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Ezekiel J. Krahlin


© 1997 by Ezekiel J. Krahlin
(Jehovah's Queer Witness)

(Note:  I use "Hellenic" or "Hellene" as an alternative to
"gay people", and "Thracian" as an alternative to "gay male".
Credit for the idea to use "Hellenic" goes to Fireweaver, an
internet friend.)

     It is a grievance to me and many other Thracians, that a
large number of our "brothers" still perpetuate their own
brand of homophobia within the Gay a time when
it is more important than ever before, that we band together
in order to eradicate (for once and for all) heterosexist
bigotry.  This particular brand of homophobia (of Hellene
brother against brother) I coin "affection-phobia," for it
arises not from fear of male-to-male sex, but from fear of
brotherly affection (which demands compassion, loyalty, and
mutual respect). It is obvious that many guys who claim to be
part of the Hellenic Community, perceive "gay" as nothing more
than a quick "dick fix" with another boy or man...without any
dedication whatsoever to the greater ideal of Lesbian/Thracian
Rights (whose fulfillment in the 1990's will benefit many
aspects of Human Rights.)

     As our rage against homophobia increases, likewise will
it turn upon those brothers who thwart the cause of Hellenism
with their petty, male-ego power games.  We will soon reach a
crossroad, where the Queer Community will split between the
"turncoats," and the true order to
fulfill the doctrine so clearly laid down by our founding
fathers (and mothers) in The Declaration of Independence.  We
already see this in newsgroup issues such as confronting
Christian homophobes, and pressuring our hesitant "brothers"
to participate in civil rights issues and elections (at least
when relevant to Gay liberation).

These turncoats can be identified by their discouraging
statements such as:  "There's really no such thing as Gay
Rights," "It's dangerous to come out; better to lay low," "I'm
glad I'm over forty; the world can only get worse," and (I
love this one) "History repeats itself; here come the gas
ovens again."  Oh, and one more, "Your attack against the
homophobes is just feeding into their flames."  I believe much
of this subversion of one's own brothers, is the attempt of an
elite group of Gays to keep many from contributing their own
creative and political talents to The Cause.

     Their motive is not one of liberation, but to maintain
their own, comfortable status quo of recognition, affluence,
and influence.  As we know, the fight against AIDS has been
turned into a big money making machine for many organizations
that have now become powerful and rich as a the
cost of unnecessary suffering and deaths.  Why would anyone be
so foolish as to assume that queer politics is no different,
at least here in Amerika?  There are those in the political
elite who have a vested interest in maintaining the status keep AIDS and homophobia this is how they
continue receiving recognition, power, and finances.  If
either beast were finally conquered, they would lose their
power base, replaced with new, more egalitarian ones.  They
also block or discourage (often through vicious tactics) a lot
of decent GayFolk who could otherwise have greatly enhanced
the civil rights movement for all Same-Sex Lovers.

     Turncoats do whatever they can to deter any brother who
believes (and actively participates in) Hellene Rights;
through games of mockery, isolation, rejection, and any other
forms of persecution that occur to them.  Because of their
uncontrollable jealousy, turncoats also suppress the talents
of their artistic brothers, whose work, if acknowledged and
encouraged, could contribute in a big way to Gay Rights.
(There are numerous turncoats in the "art world" with the
money and power to back these revolutionary artists; but they
do not.)  I wonder:  just how many of our decent brothers have
committed suicide--not from the slings and arrows of hetero
brutality--but from betrayal (of the most vicious kind) from
their own Gay "brothers."

     In closing, I address the turncoats:  "My so-called
brothers, you have had ample time to clean up your act and
prove your loyalty. Step aside or be counted as the enemy."