Is the LGBT Community’s “Equality for All” a Ponzi Scheme?

A man draped in a rainbow flag holds a candle during a vigil at Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro on Sunday for the victims in a nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

At age 21, I went looking to fit in with other homosexuals, which led me to my first and what turned out to be my last gay bar experience.

As I recall, the patrons were friendly and the bartender made me feel welcomed. But I will never forget still feeling empty when I left. Being in a place where I witnessed a bunch of people, happy and proud should not have caused me to question the term, “Gay.”

Today, at age 59, I risk sounding like an ashamed homosexual, but the only gay thing about me is that I am not a part of the LGBT community. It is inane to assume that I am claiming to be better than the LGBT Community. I simply abhor LGBT community hypocrisy.

In my opinion, the once proud LGBT community has turned into a gay Ponzi scheme that even fraudster Bernie Madoff would be justified in calling foul. The scheme is offering, “Equality for all” but very few actually receive the benefits of the promised return on their investment.

I am glad I saw this as a scheme and did not invest in the LGBT community’s claim of “Equality for all.” And the many reports coming out, in the aftermath of the Orlando, Florida gay “Pulse Nightclub” tragedy of June 12, 2016 is full of evidence that suggests that an indictment of the LGBT community is warranted.

The LGBT community and their many supporters have made great strides in the area of civil rights. But they are as far behind in the times as Bible thumpers and other religions groups if they think using tragedy as a rainbow colored rally towel in anyway will bring about equality for all.

Sure, hearing that a young man identified as 29-year-old Omar Mateen going into a gay nightclub and shooting more than a hundred people; out to have a good time and killing at the latest 49, will invoke the usual knee jerk response of “Hate crime.”

The subsequent report by law enforcement stated that the perpetrator of this mass killing was investigated by the FBI for possible connections to the group, ISIS. So on the surface, it makes sense to blame his hatred on the group’s radical beliefs.

However, 48 hours after this most horrific crime rocked the nation, a clearer picture is beginning to appear about the person responsible for this crime. What is more revealing is the picture painted by the LGBT community.

Omar Mateen was a man tormented with the fact he too tried to fit in and still felt empty like myself and millions of others. But unlike myself, who at the age of 17, befriended someone who helped navigate me through a very confusing time, Mateen had no one to turn to especially his strict father. As I read the same reports as do the LGBT community and its many sympathetic allies, the results albeit hindsight, it is reasonable to surmise that like so many, this young man got mad at the world and looked for and found the only group who would gladly share the blame, ISIS.

Adding insult to injury, the LGBT community and its many supporters also have no problem with blaming a group like ISIS for this tragedy. And ISIS does not mind taking credit for doing nothing beyond providing an excuse to lash out.

The Associated Press: “He was trying to pick up people. Men,” Jim Van Horn, 71 a regular at the Pulse continued: “He would walk up to them and then he would maybe put his arm around them or something and maybe try to get them to dance. … And buy a drink…. That’s what people do at gay bars.” But when Omar’s father was asked whether his son was gay, the father, Seddique Mateen, replied: “No. No”, as if it was worse to be gay, then a mass murderer.

This defensive statement by a father, explains, why any son would rather hide behind a group like ISIS in order to prevent his own father from feeling the shame and possible rejection by having to tell dad, “I liked boys.”

The group GLAAD responded to the news reports of Mateen possibly being homosexual in a press release: “Forty-nine innocent people were brutally massacred in an LGBT space — this we know for certain,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “This atrocity was an attack on the LGBT community, it was an attack on our country, and it was an attack on the core American values of equality and freedom for everyone. Whether the gunman’s homophobia spurred from hatred of others or hatred of himself, this is homophobia all the same. And it’s sadly just the latest example of homophobia turning to horrific violence, just as it has for decades.”

For a leading LGBT group to respond in a manner such as GLAAD did in this tragedy, it sends a clear message to other young and confused gay Muslims. GLAAD’s act of rejection might not push the next confused and still in the closet gay Muslim towards a group as extreme as ISIS. Nevertheless, the GLAAD press release, in no way extends an offer of sanctuary for the Omar Mateen’s still living in this country.

In San Francisco, a member of its Board of Supervisors, Scott Wiener, who is gay, got real defensive when a complaint of not considering to add any Latino speakers to his organized vigil of the tragedy, to be held in the heavily gay Castro District of the City. Wiener responded, “No good deed goes unpunished.” Maybe Wiener thought all the club goers were White and Jewish like him, even though it was reported that the Pulse Nightclub was celebrating, “Latin Night.”

I have received two emails already from other well-known LGBT organizations expressing thoughts on this tragedy. Unless these two dedicated equality for all groups have changed their tactics, I expect a follow up email request for financial support within two weeks.

USA Today: The shooting sparked an outpouring of support for the LGBT community from of all places, the conservative fast food chain Chick fil A. This is the same Chick fil A, which is not welcome in San Francisco as stated by The City’s current mayor, Ed Lee, because the fast food chain does not support same-sex marriage.

Employees showed up for work later that same Sunday of the shooting, departing from the normal hours the fast food chain keeps in order to prepare food for first responders and people donating blood to victims of the shooting.

If none of the LGBT organizations who reached out to me since this tragedy unfolded, and whom reminded me of the great work they do in order to gain equality for all are not willing to send out a press release of thanks and appreciation to the Orlando Chick fil A, nearest to the crime scene, I have another request: Please send someone out to fix the “unsubscribe” button on my computer.

It is a sad statement when a homosexual settles on acceptance in an extreme group like ISIS because the LGBT community has not convinced him or her that equality for all includes a troubled gay Muslims.

1983 to 1993 Bible Study teacher at SF juvenile hall. Currently prison reform activist and author of Case Game - Activating the Activist; an autobiography.

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