Chadwick Moore – a gay Republican who opposed civil rights protections for LGBTQ people – is now speaking for “the gays” to defend Pride Month… from Black people.
“I’m sorry, blacks, but you already have a month,” Moore tweeted, probably referring to Black History Month, which is February.
“Juneteenth isn’t a thing,” he continued, referring to the June 19th holiday that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the U.S. It has been celebrated since 1866, according to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
“Don’t colonize our month as well. thanks. Signed, the gays,” Moore concluded.
I’m sorry, blacks, but you already have a month. Juneteenth isn’t a thing. Don’t colonize our month as well. thanks. Signed, the gays.
— Chadwick Moore (@Chadwick_Moore) June 20, 2020
Moore’s tweet was criticized for its historical inaccuracy – Juneteenth was celebrated for well over a century before the Stonewall Riots and the first Pride marches – as well as for the racist implication that a celebration of Black freedom takes away from celebrating LGBTQ Pride.
Who are you? Regardless, this tweet is trash and obviously reflects the trash that tweeted it. You don’t speak for the gay community! We don’t claim you!
— Trinity The Tuck (@TrinityTheTuck) June 20, 2020
maybe don’t pretend you speak for the LGBTQ+ community when you’re just racist as hell. queer people of color are the foundation of the gay liberation movement
— ali lawrence 🌹 (@a_lawrence42) June 20, 2020
gays are not exclusively white
— ACABadook (@DannyVegito) June 20, 2020
Filing a class action suit on behalf of all the gays whose signatures you forged on this mess
— Chris Stedman (@ChrisDStedman) June 20, 2020
1. dont call us blacks
2. stop generalizing “the gays” as we all have different beliefs
3. dont compare black people to colonizers
4. our month is february, the shortest month of the year
5. we are still fighting for justice
6. dont call us blacks
— ✿ 𝚒𝚖𝚊𝚗𝚒⁷ ʙʟᴍ 💕 (@swordsafety) June 20, 2020
Moore defended his tweet. He wrote that Juneteenth “only became a holiday in 1980 via a Republican Texas Governor,” which assumes that a holiday only exists if it’s recognized by the state. Historians say that June 19 was celebrated since the 1800s by Black people in multiple states “like the Fourth of July.”
Juneteenth Parade Dallas Tx 1946 pic.twitter.com/ycft8YmkkE
— OnlyMoveForward (@AkiimDeShay) June 20, 2020
“If BLM can have their mass gatherings, riots and protests, why can’t we have our Pride parades?!” he wrote in a later tweet, probably ironically since he has criticized Pride for years.
Last year, he wrote in the rightwing magazine Spectator USA that Pride parades are where “you watch naked, leathery old men with nipple rings waddle down the street, testicles knocking at their knees, or third-rate drag monsters expose their buttholes to crowds of children.”
He wrote that gay people should “acknowledge the benefits of healthy, productive shame” because of “those tacky Pride orgies that intend more to shock and offend than to celebrate.”
Moore has not yet attacked fathers for having a day in June, veterans for honoring the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II in June’s D-Day, the planet Earth for putting Summer Solstice in June, or anyone, really, other than Black people for celebrating the end of slavery in the U.S.