Thursday, December 7, 2017

Actress Says LGBTQ Thing Too Limiting

                Allure Magazine asked Amber Heard, the 31-year-old actress, if she identified as bisexual. Heard explained that she doesn’t believe in labels, and responded, “I don’t identify as anything.”
                She explained: “I’m a person. I like who I like,” while relating how she “happened” to be dating a woman at one point when “people started taking pictures of us walking to our car after dinner.” She was previously married to Johnny Depp, and claims that critics told her she was putting her career in jeopardy as a female romantic lead if she was found to be a lesbian. (It's quite the opposite now). 
                The actress went on to say: “I didn’t come out. I was never in. It’s limiting, that LGBTQ thing. It served a function as an umbrella for marginalized people to whom rights were being denied, but it loses its efficacy because of the nuanced nature of humanity. As we become more educated and expand the facts of our nature, we keep adding letters. It was a great shield, but now we’re stuck behind it. It’s so important to resist labels. I don’t care how many letters you add. At some point, it’s going to spell ‘WE ARE HUMAN.’”
                She added: “Justice is not as nuanced or delicate as it’s made out to be. And as the texture of our culture changes, [equality] will manifest differently in other debates.” Say what?! Is it just me, or does she sound like a college student who had to write a term paper for a sociology class and never bothered to study?
                “That LGBTQ thing” is “limiting?” Well, it is if you’re straight, I guess.
                We can’t “expand the facts of our nature” through education, however. They are what they are. And, if we keep adding letters to the LGBTQ acronym, we may lose our humanity altogether. How long until we add an “I” for those in the incest community, a “N” for necrophilia fanciers, and a “B” for bestiality practitioners? Will we eventually end up with an acronym as the longest “word” in the English language?
                Maybe we should all follow the Heard mentality: Don’t identify as anything.

                After all, we’re only human. 

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