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Throwing Shade on Whiteness

WHITE LGBT PEOPLE NEED TO WISE UP TO COMMUNITY RACISM, SAYS ALENA DIERICKX

UKIP’s LGBT contingent attended the Pride In London march this year, amidst divided opinion on their inclusion. This was unsurprising given that they are a fundamentally racist party. They are also, at the very least, conflicted on the gay question; Nigel Farage, the party leader, wanted UKIP to support gay marriage, against the majority opinion, whilst the Christian Soldiers (yes, they’re real) in the party believe that any LGBT school education is tantamount to sexual grooming! Clearly, whether the gay UKIPers forced their way or were allowed onto the Pride march, they felt entitled to be there. I want to look more closely at this entitlement.

ILLUSTRATION FERNANDO SAFONT

Whilst DIVA and Gay Star News have already covered the UKIP/Pride story fully online there remains, I think, more to be discussed within our so-called LGBT “community” on this matter. It brings up for me that rarely discussed and invisible topic of whiteness, or white privilege, which let’s be honest, recedes into the background these days as we white LGBT folk use our individual oppressions, like being sexual minorities, to distance ourselves from the reality of white privilege. These days “multiculturalism” as an idea has blended all injustices together into a kind of mixed-up soup and the result is a depoliticisation of awareness around race and gender because all oppression is seen as equally valid in any context, always located in the present moment.

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Our cover star, Hannah Hart, has over two million fans who log into her quirky YouTube cookery show and it’s not hard to see why. Funny, talented, stylishly androgynous (and let’s face it, it’s still rare to see a show fronted by a boyish girl) and big on smarts, Hannah is our kind of woman. In her interview with DIVA she also shows us other sides to the goofball host who counts Jamie Oliver as a fan. While we’re fangirling, it seems a good time to mention actress Sophie Ward who talks about her part in the stage adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel Brave New World. Elsewhere in this issue, we address racism in our LGBT communities and what we can all do to challenge and eradicate it. Our communities have a proud history of pulling together to support each other, whether that was lesbians and bi women supporting gay men during the AIDS crisis or gay and bi women challenging inequality in respect of class or disability, and we have a duty to work alongside queer people of colour who experience overt and covert racism daily. As we approach National Coming Out Day on 12 October, we present tips on how and when to let people know. Our wedding feature is chock full of suggestions for wedding and honeymoon venues and destinations, so whether you or someone you know is planning for their big day, we hope you’ll find it useful. Also in this issue: Queer baiting on TV Eurogames in Stockholm With same-sex marriage rights won, what's next for the USA? WEGAN tell us all about their new dating site, Find Femmes Amy Dillwyn: Victorian writer, industrialist and cigar smoker Scene: Brighton's Traumfrau And all the very best in life, scene, books, film, music and TV
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