I have never heard anybody mention gay rights in my university’s gay alliance, the UB Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Alliance (LGBTA).
Case in point:
Frank Kameny, the gay Martin Luther King, Jr. died on National Coming Out Day last year, October 11, 2011. In 1957 he filed the first ever gay civil rights complaint before the Supreme Court. In 1961 he founded the Mattachine Society of Washington, the first ever gay alliance. There would be no LGBTA if not for Frank Kameny. He was the first gay to run for US Congress. He came up with the first ever gay pride slogan, Gay is Good. He worked all his life to allow gays equal opportunities before the law. It is because of Frank Kameny that gays can even hold jobs.
I announced Frank Kameny’s passing to the LGBTA in October. No one knew who he was. I then was subjected to hearing a member brag about how much he cries. Is this what today’s gay youth care about? Whining?
I asked a gay acquaintance what he thought of Frank Kameny’s passing. His response: “Why should I care?” You should care because every LGBTQ person alive today owes the man their most profound thanks!!!
I’m sure if they had made an Academy Award-winning movie starring a straight man (Sean Penn, perhaps?), and then today’s gay youth would pretend to care for a few years before letting him fade back into obscurity.