The Progressive Pecking Order: Trans Activists Evict Drag Queens

By Jonathon Van Maren

One of the most fascinating—albeit ridiculous—components of the trans movement is the extent to which they’ve been able to sweep the movements that preceded it from their places of social prestige within the progressive hierarchy. The trans movement is, for example, at open war with the old guard feminist movement—after all, if men can become women, what’s so special about women, anyway? Trans activists have taken to calling those feminists who find the claims of gender fluidity to be dubious “TERFs,” or “Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists.” There are even instances of the confrontation between trans activists and radical feminists turning physical.

But I’ll bet that the drag queens never thought trans activists would come after them—but rather hilariously, that’s exactly what’s happening. From The Independent:

A Pride event in Glasgow has banned drag queens from performing, after committee members decided acts could offend trans people. Free Pride Glasgow, which bills itself as an anti-commercialist alternative to the Scottish city’s main Pride event, said trans and non-binary committee members were “uncomfortable with having drag performances“.

The organisation said in a statement that it hopes to create a safe space for all members of the LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual) community, and that while the decision may “disappoint” some people “the needs of the most marginalised groups within our community come first.”

Yeah, you read that right. The “most marginalized group” is the same group that apparently has the power to call all the shots—perceived victimhood is an incredibly powerful bully pulpit these days. And if people care to disagree with them, all they have to do is point out that their critics have no right to speak based on their position in the intersectional pecking order:

The decision has received a largely negative response, prompting the establishment of a Boycott Glasgow Free Pride Facebook page.

Michelle Visage, a judge on the hit cult TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race and an LGBT ally, urged people to attend Pride Glasgow and Pride Edinburgh instead. However, some questioned her right to comment as a non-trans, or cis gender, woman.

What a revealing little phrase: “some questioned her right to comment.” The LGBT movement has long disdained freedom of speech and religious liberty, and now some members of that community are finding themselves abruptly demoted by the arrival of ever-tinier sexual minorities with enormous clout, wielding their perceived victimhood like a billy club.

I’ll bet they never thought that their own tactics would be used within their own movement.


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