A new hashtag on Twitter is shining a spotlight on the unexamined privilege of white gay men.
The hashtag, #TweetLikeAWhiteGay, addresses how members of this demographic tackle issues like race, gender, and class. And the portrait is not flattering.
#TweetLikeaWhiteGay I'm literally a minority DO NOT talk to me about oppression, slavery is over it's still illegal to be gay
— Tony (@MADBLACKTWINK) January 29, 2016
*sexually harasses girls* *uses misogynistic slurs* *transphobic as hell* it's okay hunty! I'm gay :))) yaaas NOH8 #TweetLikeAWhiteGay
— mirelurk queen (@aucuparia_) January 29, 2016
The wide-ranging posts critique appropriation of African-American culture, transphobia, fanatical diva worship, racism in dating and hookup apps, and sartorial choices.
While humorous, the tweets express a real frustration with the perception that white gay men, who purport to advocate for equality, turn a blind eye to the issues of other disadvantaged groups who fall under the umbrella of the LGBT community.
"Issues in the black trans community? This sounds a topic my voice should be heard in!"#TweetLikeaWhiteGay
— Brendan Maclean (@macleanbrendan) January 29, 2016
#TweetLikeAWhiteGay "I'm gay & have had no struggle coming out!"
*Ellen gives then $10,000*
— . (@Adolfoxo_) January 29, 2016
The social media skewering comes at a time of flux for the LGBT rights movement. Same-sex marriage was a major victory last June, but its win left groups searching for a new lightning rod to rally the community.
The issues that still must be addressed, like employment discrimination, violence, and HIV, disproportionately affect transgender people and communities of color. Several of these tweets draw attention to these disparities and critique those with privilege for inaction.
See a sampling below.
them: HUNTY YAS BITCH YOU BETTER FUCKIN WERK SERVING ME FISH GIVE ME LIFE EAT IT SLAY TO THE GAWDZ BITCH YAS #TweetLikeAWhiteGay
— bantu babe (@uwantaqua) January 29, 2016
#TweetLikeAWhiteGay Britney is still relevant
— gage (@gage_minajj) January 29, 2016
This is a LOOK
*wears black skinny jeans from HM and a T-shirt from Forever 21*
— ☽ Kurama ☾ (@_Twerkules_) January 29, 2016
Hispanics/Blacks/Asians not allowed
I'm not racist? I just have a preference lol
— mikey (@attachingly) January 29, 2016