1969 – 2019: REBELS ARE WE
Written by ZenKC on May 23, 2019
Story by Chuck Tackett
“Gold. Always believed in your soul. You got the power to know. You’re indestructible. Always believe in because you are gold.” “Gold”
— Spandau Ballet
It is the night of May 17th as I am writing this article. At the end of the month, we here in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area will be celebrating our 2019 Kansas City PrideFest. The theme of our Festival is “Diversity Not Division.”
This year will be very special for Pride Festivals all over the world. It is the 50th anniversary of the original 1969 Stonewall Riots which helped propel the start of The LGBTQ+ Civil Rights Movement. The 50th anniversary of any event is known as the golden anniversary. In my opinion, all of you who are out celebrating at the festival, for those of you who can’t be there because of work, illness, etc.. you all are gold in my eyes.
Being a temporary semi shut-in, I don’t have the opportunity to get out and about as I would like. When I do get out, I am so amazed at all the changes I see in our LGBTQ+ community. I must salute you all for the hard work you do despite having outside paying jobs, despite some of you raising families, you find the time to volunteer to better our community. What thrills me the most is seeing how politically active a number of my younger LGBTQ+ brethren are. You realize how politics affects every aspect of our lives whether you want to accept that or not.
For those of you who regularly read my Chuck’s Chats be it hard copy from Kc Exposure magazine or as a blog on kcpride.com you know I am a huge horror movie nerd, especially monster movies from the 1930s up to and including the 1950s. I like imagining being in a seance and making contact with some of the ghosts of our original 1969 LGBTQ+ Stonewall rioters and them communicating they are proud of us continuing on with their legacy. That they are so proud of us for all that we have accomplished through the decades, and to continue to battle the mango-colored Beelzebub, his LGBTQ+ hating sidekick Mr. Faux Christianity and all their demonic enablers and followers.
Modern-day LGBTQ+ activists, as an elder, I must advise you to please recognize while trying to find common ground issues with some people who have a difference of opinion, there are troglodytes in our midst who love playing games with your mind, heart, and emotions. They take great joy in frustrating us by pretending they don’t understand the concept of equality for all, the concept of strength in our diversity. They pretend they don’t understand facts when you present it to them. They love watching you struggle to find ways to help them understand. They are not stupid but evil. They will tell you it is just their opinion. A difference of opinion is me preferring Rocky Road ice cream while you like Neopolitan better. Saying another human being is not of equal value, that they are superior, that we don’t have the same rights in this country because of our sexual orientation, race, gender, culture, religion or lack thereof is hateful and evil. These kind of people are a waste of your time, energy and effort. They have an agenda usually it is greed, power, and control. If they can’t control it all or have dominion, they rather see everything burn including this country and planet.
You would think wanting equality for all, embracing diversity, and reversing climate change would be a good thing, but to those deplorable folks, we are nothing but rebels. Well, rebels are we. Here’s wishing you all a joyous Pride celebration. Have fun, be careful, and watch out for each other.
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