Every time someone starts spewing anti-queer rhetoric and opposing any laws which guarantee equal rights for sexual and gender minorities, liberals and leftists often react in either two: insulting and berating the bigots OR citing benefits of equality.
The latter refers to studies which purportedly claim equality improves the quality of life for minorities, particularly queer ones. I am not going to argue the merit of such studies. But, depending on your opponents, using those studies as your pro-equality arguments does not make any sense.
If your opponents are fence-sitters or the milder bigots (AKA those do not actively propose discriminatory laws), I can see why you are using those studies. But, why are you using them against the most zealous ones?
They don’t want queer people to have legal protections and they don’t want the media and school curricula to humanise queerness; in fact, they insist on depicting us as sexually perverted monsters who deserve legal discriminations. Making queer people disappear from the face of the earth is literally one of their life goals; some of them don’t care if achieving such goal requires hate crimes and driving us to suicides.
What makes you think they care about our well-being? If anything, hearing about the benefits of acceptance makes them even more opposed to it.
If you want to make them stop being bigoted in general (not just against queer people), they have to realise they were being hateful. How do you make them have that realisation?
They have to acknowledge the people they demonise…. are their own fellow human beings, human beings just like them, with ability to experience all kinds of emotions.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any near-perfect solutions. The ones in my head still have glaring flaws and can backfire (I initially wanted to detail them. But, I scrapped them because they got too tangential).
But, at the same time, I also don’t see why we must believe all of those bigots have humanity’s best interests in their hearts, when it is clear some of them don’t.
It is like believing cancer cells will always heal themselves. It just doesn’t make any sense.
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