The anti-war movement and the queer movement are allied, according to the queer protestors, because queer people are affected by militarization.
"Last year alone NATO spent $1 trillion on arms expenditures and that's completely ridiculous considering the austerity measures being taken in this country," said Judy Heithmar, one of the people marching with the queer contingent. "Queer people are here demanding equality, education, healthcare and safe and affirming housing. The $1 trillion on war NATO spends could go toward advancing queer causes."Queer people are affected by militarization? I suppose that's true in the sense that ALL people are affected by militarization. I'm sure the millions who were liberated from Communist tyranny by the collapse of the Soviet Union would agree that they were affected by NATO's militarization, but I'd wager that not many of them would march in protest against it. And yes, the $1 trillion that NATO spends could be used to advance "queer causes", but what special claim do they have on that money? It could also be spent on buying me a private island in the Caribbean staffed with handsome waiters who keep me supplied with mojitos for the rest of my life; am I entitled to it?
I resent organizations like Queers Against NATO presuming to speak on behalf of gays everywhere. I'm gay and I support NATO. I also support Israel and the Conservative Party of Canada, and I never use the word "queer" to describe myself.
Speak for yourself.