We don’t want to march straight

Submitted by cathy n on 20 March, 2007 - 2:56

Masculinity, Queers and the Military
By Peter Tatchell
Published by Cassell, £4.99

The campaign for queers in the military mistakenly assumes that all the rights straights have are desirable and that queers should have them too. Instead of being critical of the institutions of hetero society, this assimilationist mentality slavishly worships all things straight.

There is nothing honourable or worthy about the military. It is a homophobic institution which epitomises the worst aspects of straight male culture — violence, domination, conformity and authoritarianism.

No self-respecting queer should spill a single drop of blood defending a society which treats them as second class citizens.

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