There has been a vicious attack on gay men. Who is behind this vicious attack? Is it a religious conservative? No. It’s a member of the Auckland Pride Board.
Gay Express reports:
Haka’s comments come after Pride Board member Phylesha Brown-Acton has gone on an expletive-laden rant about “gay male privilege.”
Brown-Acton took to Facebook to denounce those who oppose the activist group People Against Prisons Aoteroa, who initiated the ban on uniformed police participating in the Pride Parade. Speaking about the opponents of the ban, she said, “your gay white male privilege has been disruptive, extremist and abusive to the lives of trans people’s way before PAPA came along and started addressing the inequities of your abuse.”
She went on to say that gay male opponents should, “take your moral compass and shove it up the hole that you can’t seem to keep closed.”
Could you imagine if anyone else had said this about a gay man, or gay men? There would be an Action Station petition demanding they be sacked, and multiple complaints to the Human Rights Commission.
And imagine if one referred to a woman as unable to keep something closed. You’d be tarred and feathered.
The irony is Brown-Action is on the board that is meant to be arranging an inclusive festival. Her hatred for white gay men who disagree with her seems rather against the inclusivity.
Brown Acton goes on to say that, “gay white men,” have excluded Maori and Pacific voices from previous festivals and that is the root cause of the currently divided LGBT community in Auckland.
Poor white gay men. Being gay doesn’t overcome their privilege of being white and male so they’re still evil oppressors.
That is being called into question however by Maori, who point out that the current festival does not include a single Maori event, something noted not only by Mika Haka but others online also, with community member John Kingi taking to Facebook to ask if Maori were even consulted, writing, “Did no Maori want to organise an event? Were Maori approached? If not, why? Did the organisers seek to engage throughout the Takataapui community to seek help in regards to this?”
So she is blaming white gay men for marginalising queer Maori, yet her own board hasn’t arranged a single Maori event, or even consulted Maori.
What a great example of identity politics as an excuse for incompetence.