On more than one occasion, I have suggested that gay activists might be overplaying their hand and bringing about a backlash. Madeleine Kearns seems to agree with that assessment as she writes about “The Overreach of LGBTQ Activism.”
She begins by quoting from French philosopher Michel Foucault who wrote in his book about the History of Sexuality that homosexuals were beginning to define themselves by their desires. He wrote about when, “homosexual became a personage” and “a type of life” or a “morphology.” Today we have a growing list of terms used to describe such personages. There is gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, asexual, demisexual, non-binary, polysexual, polyamorous, gender fluid, with a list that goes on and on and on.
The point she is making is that all of this strikes young and old as troubling. The original assumption was that the younger generation would adopt these terms and willingly accept any of the ideas being promoted by the LGBTQ activists. That has not happened.
The annual GLAAD Accelerating Acceptance report shows a significant drop in the number of young people (18-to-34-year-olds) who feel comfortable interacting with LGBTQ people. The percentage dropped from two-thirds (63%) in 2016 to half (53%) in 2017 to less than half (45%) in 2018. The attitudes and behavior of many of these activists seem to be turning off a generation that originally supported many of their demands.
This activist overreach has a price. It will likely backfire at some point and already is meeting some resistance and reevaluation. This is what happens when any political or culture group overplays their hands.