That well know champion for gay rights and social justice, Mike Hosking, has leapt into the Pride Parade meltdown with a column damning everyone connected.
His position has all the nuance of a Marama Davidson woke lynch mob on twitter.
What’s happening inside the Pride Parade meltdown is a fascinating and vicious fight between different factions that goes to the very front lines of the new culture wars…
Auckland Pride Parade’s hui over police uniform ban turns into ‘a circus’
A physical scuffle broke out at a meeting of the Auckland rainbow community to discuss the ban on uniformed police marching in the city’s 2019 Pride Parade.
Before the start of the meeting, Tim Foote, an independent facilitator on behalf of the Pride board, also asked media if they had taken any notes and told them to leave the meeting at Grey Lynn Community Centre on Sunday night, which was attended by about 250 people.
The meeting was described as “emotional” and “a circus” by an attendee.
…the friction is between the wider Rainbow Community, who believe in inclusion, and Trans Activists who believe in exclusion. The bewilderment from the wider Rainbow Community at Pride demanding Police not wear their uniform erupted when they found out the reason was because Trans people might feel ‘triggered’ at seeing Police in uniform.
This culture clash, between older gay rights activists who have championed inclusion and a new binary gender activist class of fourth wave feminist trans activists who see the world in power dynamics that are medically triggering to their mental health is complex and the fight inside Pride looks now to only get more angry…
Kia ora whānau,
As many of you may have heard the Auckland pride board decided to not to let police wear uniforms in the pride parade. Obviously we ideally we would not like police to march at all but this was a good first step and compromise. There has been a lot of backlash though and the people who want cops to march in uniform have been signing people up to be members and are planning on calling for a special general meeting to try and get rid of the current board members. So if you’re LGBT please sign up so that we can push for this decision to not be overturned.
The problem is the feral anger of the trans community is very similar to the Green Party in that they are Pure Temple, not broad church. Like the Green Party, Trans Activists demand adherence to a certain doctrine and anyone who doesn’t agree with that doctrine becomes immediately tagged as anti them.
I’ve learnt the hard way.
A couple of months ago TDB published a press release from a feminist group critical of self gender identification. We have a raw feed section of the blog that grabs press releases and publishes them, the bewilderingly angry backlash by Trans activists that the press release was published was unlike anything I’d ever witnessed on the blog and ended with 3 threats aimed at my daughter!
Ironically I noted on Twitter to the feminist whose press release caused threats to my kid about how the debate was so bitter…
… and for merely noting those threats, I was immediately branded transphobic…
…then I had activists from People Against Prisons Aotearoa take private messages I had sent them on the gender balance of their board and take that private correspondence online…
…the point I was making to PAPA was the vast majority of prisoners are male and could they represent that with a board dominated by woman.
Apparently this was transphobic of me.
(Note to any Government agency or NGO contacting PAPA, be warned they might take private correspondence and do the same to you.)
Beyond me noting threats against my kid from ridiculously militant Trans activists (which apparently makes me transphobic) and asking a Prisoner Rights organisation if they are representing the majority of prisoners, what is my actual opinion on transgender people and their rights?
Call me old fashioned folks, but I kinda think the way a human being identifies gender wise is as intrinsic a human right as one’s sexual orientation or one’s race. The whole point of being free individuals in a free society is that you not only have the right to be who you are, but you have the freedom to be who you are.
If we acknowledge that our species is a spectrum within a spectrum, within a spectrum, then the idea that some men would identify as women and some women identify as men and some identify as neither and some identify as both is as uncontroversial as the range of eye and hair colour amongst the human race.
Of course there is a spectrum within gender and those who choose to identify beyond a binary view of it should not only be free to pursue that identity, they should have the same autonomy within society that anyone of us has to pursue that identity.
…believing that gender is a spectrum and that we should respect people how they self-identify and noting the debate is so bitter that I had threats made against my daughter apparently makes me transphobic. The irony here is that the radical feminists who were agreeing with me at the threatening militancy of the Trans activists will be beside themselves with rage that I actually support Trans rights.
I didn’t take the threats seriously because I think any group who have been as oppressed as badly as the trans community has and who have only recently found platform, tend to spend the first couple of decades screaming out their rage at everyone and everything. I believe the journey to finding yourself is an innate and primary one within the human condition and would always accept any persons identity and pronoun they wished to use as a matter of basic dignity and courtesy but I also understand that some women and lesbians might have issues about Trans men sharing women only spaces.
As the wider and older Rainbow Community look to their legacy of inclusion being over run by a new generation of millennial activists who want to exclude, the wider issues of ongoing injustice against Trans people and how to fight for their human rights on social media platforms algorithmically fuelled by subjective outrage olympics remain unanswered.
Either way, this isn’t going to end nicely and there’s a new general meeting of the Pride Parade Board being called for early December by those wishing to dump the Pride Board and those who wish to defend their decision.
And finally, if Trans activists can ask the Police to not wear uniforms because they might be ‘triggered’ by that, can evangelical Christians ask for the entire Pride Parade to be cancelled because it triggers them? Allowing subjective pain to be the adjudicator of public events can lead one to a very repressive place in a very short period of time.