What comes after the protests? Postcard campaigns won't cut it. Nor will having a day without gays. We need a real campaign, a real war, real strategies - mean, nasty, vicious and, above all else, effective strategies targeted at achieving a concrete goal that moves our movement, moves our rights, forward.Aravois' entire post is worth reading because he is right that we won't win equality by doing nothing more than protesting. But "mean, nasty, vicious" is neither effective politics nor right. Attempting to out-nasty our political opponents will only make us look like the villains.
To win equality, we have to learn how to better exercise political power, but we also have to win hearts and minds. The good news is that we are already doing the latter. The bad news is that we'll lose that battle in a heartbeat if we decide that the only way to win is to be vicious.
Personally, I also refuse to be part of a movement that is based on hurting others. Isn't that what we're fighting against?