My "gay politics" roots started in 1977. Back then both major parties reviled us with equal fervor. Believe it or not, being rejected by both parties was better for gays than being dependent and subservient to one and against the other. It was better because it made gays depend on each other, work together and push liberal/conservative issues completely aside. Back then race was even less an issue in gay circles than it is now because black heteros and white heteros agreed on few things except their mutual hatred of fags, regardless of their color. We HAD to stick together and work together in order to survive.
1977 was the year Anita Bryant started her holy war on gays in South Florida that went nationwide. We called it the "Orange Juice War" because Anita was the advertising spokeswoman for Florida Orange Juice and, thanks to the behind the scenes work of gays across the US Anita lost her multi-million dollar gig with the Orange Juice Association shortly after she declared war on gays. That was the first thing she lost but not the last. She's been on a nonstop losing streak ever since; her marriage, her career, her fortune, her amusement park, her theater in Branson Missouri, her autobiographical movie, and all royalties off her songs. She's been bankrupt twice. Now she's 75 or 76, living in her hometown as a recluse but every year on March 25th she gets birthday cards from people she's never met that say things like, "we'll never forget you." We haven't forgotten her or the grief, ruined careers and even suicides she caused. He first husband Bob Green had once been the biggest name in top 40 radio in South Florida. After the Orange Juice War the only only job he could get was an after midnight shift on a 3rd rate AM station. He died broke, rightly blaming gays for everything that had gone wrong in his life but he never could prove it.
Back then we worked behind the scenes, playing dirty, never doing straightforward confrontations but stealthily destroying their lives and careers like they were doing to gays, first in South Florida and then in other areas. No marches, no sit ins. We went after them individually, exposing their extra marital affairs, straight and not. We collected dirt on any prominent hetero we could and exploited it to ruin them.
Now in 2015 I see gays as subservient and dependent on a political party that is guaranteed to throw us under the bus the first time we become a political liability. We've lost our spirit of unity and interdependence on one another to survive. We've lost the real power we had when we worked together for our common cause by trading it for a small place at the table partisan hetero politics.
We've become nothing but pieces on their political board game. We've adopted their divisive ideologies as being more important to us than the best interests of all gays. And when gay equality does come about it will not because WE won it. It will be because they let us have it on their terms.