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Trans/Queer Anarchist Group Bash Back Takes Credit for Vandalism of Gay Soldier Billboard in Memphis


The radical trans/queer anarchist group Bash Back, which was profiled in September's Details magazine, has taken credit for vandalizing the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center's "Coming Out Day" billboard, which featured a gay soldier.

Bb After mocking the rallies held by the gay and lesbian community in Memphis in response, a Bash Back blogger writes:

"I’m here to dispute the claim that this action was an anti-gay act. First, sending gays to be military fodder is NOT pro-gay or conclusive whatsoever to gay liberation. State militarism only reinforces the dominant structures, and the racism/heterosexism they perpetuate, as well as reducing the number of gay people in the world (both those in Amerikkka and the countries Amerikkka is colonizing/conquering). Second, we accuse the MGLCC of being flat out racist/anti-queer/anti-trans; and we furiously question how that the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center can squander $3500 on military billboards, when Memphis has the highest trans-murder rate (11 trans women of color, 1 white transwoman and 1 transman of color), as well as one of the highest queer youth homeless rates in the nation, and how they can justify putting a pro-military billboard in the overwhelmingly POC neighborhood of Morris Park, when the poor Black community in Morris Park is disporportionately preyed upon by the military (through the court system’s 'prison or military service' rule for minor felonies as well as recruiters’ false promises of otherwise impossible economic/education opportunities)?"

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  1. "douchetards" -- Tank

    What he said.

    Posted by: Mark | Nov 17, 2009 4:04:55 PM

  2. Let's see....

    Deface pro-gay billboards? Check. Vandalize LGBT centers? Check. Hide behind masks to avoid apprehension and not take responsibility for their actions? Check.

    Cowards of the worst degree. They're a blight on our fight. Instead of doing something productive, they cost our own community money and time and stress. Really nice.

    Who needs enemies when we have freaks like this!

    Posted by: DR | Nov 17, 2009 4:06:18 PM

  3. Funny that they want to proclaim what they believe to be important in their lives, but they reject the notion of an lgbt servicemeber having the same opportunity.

    Posted by: Gianpiero | Nov 17, 2009 4:09:56 PM

  4. Oh, how edgy.

    Posted by: Wes | Nov 17, 2009 4:10:55 PM

  5. "How dare you waste your resources putting up billboards when you could be fighting homelessness and hate crime! You should be more like us, and...deface billboards instead of fighting homelessness and hate crime!"
    It's a lot easier to bitch about someone else not doing enough than fixing a problem yourself. Is Bash Back raising money for any soup kitchens or homeless shelters? What are they doing to help people aside from destroying property and inciting conflict? Or is their MO complaining until someone else changes their community for them?

    Posted by: brennigans | Nov 17, 2009 4:15:16 PM

  6. Bash Back is just a bunch of angry, confused transtards ranting about "herstory" and "the systematic oppression of wimmin and queers of color" as though they've got new information that none of us know about already. Parodies of themselves.

    Clearly their youth, inexperience and anger prevents them from seeing how naive and ridiculous they are.

    Total transtards.

    Posted by: Mark | Nov 17, 2009 4:19:48 PM

  7. I just love how some feminists, trans men, and queers get all up in arms about the patriarchy, when in fact, all they want to do is replace it with their worldview...which is exactly their issue with patriarchy...being told what to do and think.

    Posted by: qjersey | Nov 17, 2009 4:26:12 PM

  8. Fuck them and fuck transpeople. They have no place in the Lesbian and Gay rights movement.

    Wanting to be the opposite sex IS NOT THE SAME THING as loving a member of the same sex.

    T R A N S T A R D S .

    Posted by: Mark | Nov 17, 2009 4:26:49 PM

  9. I'd like to know how tearing down a billboard, throwing condoms in a church or writing slogans in the street with pink chalk is going to change a thing? How is doing an article in that rag Details cutting edge or advancing their cause?

    These posers are just a bunch of angry, confused and hurt kids, who would rather delay growing up and attempting to become a part of a society, who they feel does not want them.

    Whatever valid points they may have, anti-war, sexism or others, is lost on them being douche bags to those they disagree with. If they think by using false names is going to give them cover, how is it the cops were able to call their landlords and parents?

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Nov 17, 2009 4:59:09 PM

  10. These people make a good point???? Like hell they do! they miss the point completely. What a bunch of vain self important assholes!

    Posted by: redbearded | Nov 17, 2009 4:59:51 PM

  11. And MARK, being an asshole does not make them less or more so.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Nov 17, 2009 5:00:39 PM

  12. Its about time a LGBT group stands up...instead of the white gay males...that seem to be more worry about connections, money and their looks.

    ***REMEMBER stonewall happened because the drag queens had the balls to fight back first.

    Posted by: Bosie | Nov 17, 2009 5:00:49 PM

  13. ...something tells me that Bash Back is just a bunch of fags with too much white privilege...

    Posted by: JonBenet | Nov 17, 2009 5:01:24 PM

  14. Its about time a LGBT group stands up...instead of the white gay males...that seem to be more worry about connections, money and their looks.

    ***REMEMBER stonewall happened because the drag queens had the balls to fight back first.

    BOSIE what is Bash Back 'standing up' to? Yelling fire in a movie theater will get you noticed, but like the pranks they use, Bash Back too is breaking the law. I for one will lose no sleep over these posers.

    By the way, I've spent 27 years fighting for gay rights for all our community, not just white gay males like me. I did know a few white gay men who were at Stonewall, some even wore drag.

    Not knowing your color, race or sex, just wondering what have you or these idiots done for the LGBT?

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Nov 17, 2009 5:19:39 PM

  15. Tortured, fat, white wimmin explain it all for you.

    Posted by: Mark | Nov 17, 2009 5:22:30 PM

  16. Bash Back brings to mind my favorite quote: "If you're going to do a damn silly thing at least don't do it in a damn silly way."

    Posted by: Ed | Nov 17, 2009 5:32:01 PM

  17. I am proud to say that these so-called genderqueers in no way, shape, or form represent me. If this is what it means to be politically correct and queer, I am more than happy to just be a guy who happens to be gay.

    Posted by: DR | Nov 17, 2009 5:33:35 PM

  18. Stay strong BashBack! You are our only hope for a world free of Fashion Fags whining about Lady gaga and Adam Lambert!
    Being hated on TollwRoad is the best thing that could happen to you!

    Posted by: Kitty Boots | Nov 17, 2009 5:38:22 PM

  19. Regardless of one's opinion on the efficacy of their vandalism, the level of transphobia presented in these comments is mortifying. Maybe it's generational, but this sort of talk will not be tolerated by younger queer folk. The disturbing irony of these comments, is that they are on the same site that sees lots of discussion of our disappointment when black people "SUPPOSEDLY" aren't supportive of our right to marry. We should probably practice what we preach if we don't want to appear hypocritical or like assholes.

    Also, why are we so upset by a little internal critique. Last I heard, self-reflection and debate amongst movements isn't a bad thing. Rather, it clarifies an agenda and an ethos. No, their vandalism isn't the same thing as starting a charity to help stop anti-transviolence or shelter homeless queer youth, but it is a very public form of activism that increases our awareness of often ignored problems that exist on a national and a local level. And yes, the LGBT movement does tend to prioritize certain issues (marriage) and not others (protections for homeless queer youth), so little reminders are probably a good thing.

    Posted by: alex | Nov 17, 2009 5:47:51 PM

  20. "Stay strong BashBack! You are our only hope for a world free of Fashion Fags whining about Lady gaga and Adam Lambert!" -- KITTYBOOTS

    Hey Kittyboots, how incredibly bigoted and convenient to assume all Gay men are "Fashion Fags whining about Lady gaga and Adam Lambert!"

    Fuck you.

    Posted by: Mark | Nov 17, 2009 5:54:49 PM

  21. It doesn't seem to me they actually took credit for trashing the billboard, they just denied it was anti-gay to do so.

    Posted by: BGKev | Nov 17, 2009 5:56:51 PM

  22. Fucking dumb cunts. Put them in general population in a prison or with a squad in Afghanistan, we'll see how tough they are then.

    Why do many alleged hate crimes turn out not to be what they appear?

    Posted by: John in Boston | Nov 17, 2009 5:58:51 PM

  23. They want to take on patriarchy, so they go after... the Memphis Gay/Lesbian Community Center? Why target real oppression when you can go after some other powerless organization? These kids aren't interested in actually challenging militarism -- they just want to try to bully every other queer person into agreeing with them. (And you can be totally opposed to militarism and still believe that openly queer people should be able to serve in the military.)

    Posted by: Jon | Nov 17, 2009 5:59:47 PM

  24. I was gonna call them bourgeois brats but that's too hip for them.

    Posted by: John in Boston | Nov 17, 2009 6:05:00 PM

  25. Alex, what this whole thing raises is the fact that we are not so much a community as a bunch of loosely-defined special interest groups who think we can be one big happy family on the basis of "not being heterosexual".

    That ain't enough to bind us together as a community. Really, it isn't. Our initials keep getting bigger and our goals and identity continues to be diluted. LBG made sense, it was a sexual orientation thing.

    Then we added the "t"s and the "i"s, who, quite frankly, have very little in common with men who love men and women who love women. I'm a man, I love men, and love being a man. What do I have in common with a man who feels trapped in a woman's body? Absolutely nothing. Even the legal and psychological issues involved are different (consider that NO major LGB rights case has ever made mention of the transfolk. Think about it for a moment. NEVER.)

    Now we have a movement to add these little genderqueers who want to do away with the whole notion of gender. While PC and trendily post-modern, it's meaningless. Don't even get me started on the asexuals.

    What they accomplish is to show America-at-large the absolute worst we have to offer a as so-called community. A bunch of whining juvenile delinquents deface the billboard of a man who only wanted to serve his country and was discharged for being gay and this should make me stop and think? The only thing it makes me think about is how much longer we're going to tolerate this lunatic fringe nonsense, quite frankly.

    I'm not privileged, and I'm tired of that notion. I have no civil rights in America. But that doesn't mean that I'm interested in what these kids are peddling, and maybe it is time for our community to spend a little less time trying to tell everyone else what to think and get our stuff together and figure out who and what we really stand for, because right now, we stand for nothing but a bunch of special interests.

    Posted by: DR | Nov 17, 2009 6:13:25 PM

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