Last week, The Advocate (known as the oldest LGBT publication in the United States) released the cover of their August/September issue, which featured a heterosexual white couple as a “queer family”.
You can read the narcissistic memoirs of this couple here. Just have some antacids ready (I recommend extra strength Alka Seltzer).
Anyway, let’s look at the definition of word “queer” and how it relates to the aforementioned relationship:
1- strange, odd
Mr. Tortorella and Ms. Meyers represent the predominant demographic in the United States, are more likely than not part of the upper middle-class at the very least (due to their professions), and are in a union which is typical of the overwhelming majority of bisexuals.
They seem like the antonym of queer which is normal.
2- (of a person) homosexual.
Homosexuality refers to unions and attractions of the same sex. Where I come from, we call male/female couples heterosexual, regardless of their orientation (as per its definition).
3- A homosexual man.
According to the article Mr. Tortorella “has been described as queer, bisexual, demisexual, and sexually fluid”. Hmmm….that seems like anything BUT homosexual to me.
The only thing queer about this couple (meaning the strange and odd variety) is that Mr. Tortorella identifies as a word salad of labels and Ms. Meyers identifies as lesbian, despite the fact that she’s been in a relationship with a man for over a decade.
Yes, I know that queer is considered an “umbrella term” nowadays, but the point of the matter is that there is nothing unconventional about a union that most westerners are accustomed to seeing, and to portray it as such is the ultimate insult to LGB activists who have pioneered the way so we can enjoy the liberties we have today.
Apparently, the bi activist community is the only one happy with the cover, and is calling anyone who doesn’t like the cover biphobic. Unfortunately, this was expected as they’re completely obtuse of the pernicious homophobia, sexism and eurocentrism that infests their circles.
In the meanwhile, I will enjoy watching the cover being dragged to filth on social media.