LGBT activist: ‘Nowhere near close’ to achieving sexual liberation
Amber Hollibaugh, a long-time activist, told Laura Flaunders on Sunday that those with alternative sexualities were “nowhere near close” to being sexually liberated.
Despite the repeal on the military policy “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and growing acceptance of same sex marriage, Hollibaugh said the LGBT movement still had a long way to go in regards to sexual freedom.
“I’m not sorry that we can now enter the military and I’m not sorry that we can marry, but frankly I come from a moment in time and a radical vision in time that never made marriage or the military my criteria of success,” she explained. “I didn’t want us to have wars, I didn’t want us to have armies, and I didn’t want to register my relationship with the state.”
“So, are those victories? They are,” Hallibaugh added. “Were they discriminatory? They were. Were they my idea of what it was that we were trying to build as a liberation movement for queer people? No.”
She expressed her disappointment that the LGBT movement did not fight for “the importance of the erotic, of people actually getting to fulfill desire and not be punished because they have it.”
Hollibaugh is the Interim Executive Director of Queers for Economic Justice.
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