With the repeal of the Obama-era net neutrality rules, there are those who are predicting the end of the Internet as we know it, even though it’s just going back to the way it was three years ago. The overreactions are plentiful across the board, with some taking it very personally. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is one of them as the organization believes it’s a direct attack on the homosexual community.
A long-time proponent of government-controlled internet, GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said:
“Stripping away net neutrality is the latest attempt by the Trump Administration to silence voices of already marginalized communities and render us invisible. The internet is a lifeline for LGBTQ people to build community support networks and access LGBTQ resources on history, suicide prevention, and health—allowing broadband providers to regulate access is a direct and unconscionable attack on freedom of expression.”
GLAAD, which prides itself on being the “world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization,” says the fight for net neutrality goes beyond the Federal Communications Commission to Congress which needs to “step up and listen to advocates who are leading the fight to preserve this lifeline.” The organization is starting a collection of “testimonials from the LGBTQ community about how the open Internet has affected their lives.”
Of course, the Internet is still open and arguably more free because it’s out of the grip of federal meddlers. But so-called marginalized groups just love to rely on big government for all their needs.
The Federalist writer Chad Felix Greene exposits on this quite well in his piece, "No, Lifting 'Net Neutrality' Doesn't Hurt Gay People:"
It is unnerving to realize that the leaders of the LGBT movement seem to believe average gay people are utterly dependent on them for seemingly everything. I do not pretend to fully understand all the aspects of this topic, but I am certain that how an Internet service provider (ISP) coordinates traffic online is not a threat to me as a gay man...
[T]he underlying assertion is that somehow LGBT media is the target of censoring efforts from major online sources only held back by the federal government. It goes without saying that this is manifestly absurd. Hundreds of major, worldwide companies, including nearly every recognizable brand in America, promoted gay pride month this year, as they have for more than a decade.
They created rainbow-themed versions of their products for this event and each released gushing praise for LGBT equality and acceptance on social media and in advertising. Ellen DeGeneres has the second-highest rated daytime TV show, featuring every celebrity guest imaginable including President Obama and Michelle Obama. President Obama awarded Ellen the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor.
LGBT issues dominate the news cycle and political discourse, and touch every corner of media from sports to movies to award shows. It is simply impossible to view the current media attention given to LGBT people and walk away believing we are at risk for being censored online by major ISPs.
It is equally disingenuous to argue LGBT people experience anything close to “invisibility” or are at risk of being pushed into the background. LGBT people cannot objectively be considered a “marginalized” community at all. We are not only mainstream, we are heavily promoted and given preferences.
Identity politics have blinded homosexuals to this reality, as Greene concludes:
The LGBT left feeds on making gay people afraid. Yet since fear generates more political action, we will likely see more of this kind of mentality. But all LGBT media is telling us here is they require a government body to manage their content and audiences and provide them with special priority statuses.
In fact, there’s only one community that has any credible threat against its online presence and that’s conservatives, as Greene thoughtfully states:
But if any censorship or deprioritization will affect any ideological group, it will not be LGBT folks by any stretch of the imagination. The conservative movement, the enemy these groups cite, is far more likely to face that uphill battle.
Fortunately, we are used to it, and rely on more than identity-affirming websites to find purpose and validation online. Sadly, even with an overwhelming majority share of media coverage and social celebration, the LGBT world will never accept that reality. They will continue believing they are victimized by the only group in America actively censored online.