Is LGBTQIA the most popular social justice cause because it does not require giving money?

Seemingly at least half of the retail stores in Seattle have an overt expression of support for the LGBTQIA community, e.g., a rainbow flag.

Americans identifying as LGBTQIA are not half of the population, right? Why would stores managed and staffed by cisgender heterosexuals hang rainbow flags outside of Pride Month? Maybe folks in Seattle are unusually big-hearted and sympathetic to the vulnerable and victimized? Evidence against that theory is the enormous population of homeless who wander the streets and receive no assistance or attention from passersby. The good citizens of Seattle will step over a homeless person to get into a Tesla and drive to the rainbow flag shop. I didn’t see any store with a sign admonishing customers to do more or care more for the homeless or the poor.

I’m wondering if LGBTQIA is the most popular social justice cause because there is no obvious connection between saying one is passionate about supporting LGBTQIA and having to donate money. If someone says “I care about the poor” and then buys a Tesla instead of a Honda Accord, a friend might ask “Why didn’t you give $70,000 to the poor and drive a Honda rather than your fancy Tesla?”

Readers: What do you think? Is there another reason for LGBTQIA to have overtaken all other social justice issues in visual prominence?

Let’s look at some photos…

The basics:

Bank of America welcomes the LGBTQIA as long as they don’t have pets with them. (The bank also had an armed guard wearing a bulletproof vest next to the front door, just like in Guatemala.)

Speaking of pets, LGBTQIA dogs are welcome at this vet:

Hungry? LGBTQIA-friendly pizza, Mexican food, and ice cream are available:

Inspired? LGBTQIA-friendly art supplies:

Need to visit a friend? Don’t forget to stop at the government-painted rainbows:

(What if a driver is cited for failing to stop at one of these rainbowed crosswalks? Can he/she/ze/they claim that he/she/ze/they did not realize it was a crosswalk?)

The government uses tax dollars to promote LGBTQIA at the local college and police station:

Record store, indoor cycling, and pinball parlor:

Mathematical proof of LGBTQIA-ness:

A T-shirt for a Pride-filled five-year-old:

Let’s compare this to another social justice attempt. From the Seattle Art Museum gift shop:

A great collection pf literature to be sure, but someone who visited on the morning that I did might ask “If you are dedicated to racial justice, why didn’t I see any black patrons or employees?”

Finally, the obligatory departure images…

17 thoughts on “Is LGBTQIA the most popular social justice cause because it does not require giving money?

  1. I doubt it has anything to do with virtue signaling. Gays and Lesbians are for the most part the ultimate DINKs (double income no kids) and a demographic with very high spending power. Trans on the other hand are significantly poorer and have high rates of suicide. While there is a shocking amount of anti-trans prejudice among some segments of the gay community, there isn’t a LGB-but-not-T symbol they can rally behind.

  2. If Seattle supports LGBTQIA so much, then why are they trying to ban trans fats? Don’t fat LGBTQIAs have rights too?

  3. > The good citizens of Seattle will step over a homeless person to get into a Tesla and drive to the > rainbow flag shop. I didn’t see any store with a sign admonishing customers to do more or care > more for the homeless or the poor.

    This is true. Homeless people remind everyone of things they cannot bear to witness in America, but the problem is going to get much worse, and at that point we’ll call in a Chinese company to take care of them at low cost and very high efficiency. They’ll take the homeless of the streets and they will just – vanish!

    • Oh, I forgot: then they’ll blame Trump for allowing homeless extermination on Netflix. That’s already in the pipeline.

  4. Today you pose this question. “Why would stores managed and staffed by cisgender heterosexuals hang rainbow flags outside of Pride Month?”

    On June 30th, the last of Pride Month, it was this:

    “Can they take the flag down this evening? If so, why? Is the LGBTQIA lifestyle something to be proud of only 1/12th of the time?”

    It’s not likely that this variety of the Socratic method is going to lead to a better understanding of anything.

    Also, unless someone’s giving away pride flags, there must some cost involved in all of this.

    • Phil is deplorable!
      I don’t even know how we can read his writings any more!
      He probably pays the Russians to come back and comment away.
      We are not happy with Phil! But we want to comment on something, and to tell you the truth, this blog is something.

    • That’s a serious accusation. Recall the definition of deplorable – racist, misogynist, Islamophobic, etc. Which of these apply to Phil, and where’s the evidence?

  5. Or is the rainbow flag flown to deflect enraged Social Justice Warriors from mounting protests at these stores?

  6. Tragic. Lgbtqvdfhjfs have shorter lifespans, higher rates of drug and alcohol abuse rates, so why encourage them to engage in risky behavior? That’s not the definition of love. It

  7. Is it possible that not signaling support will cause fiscal loss and/or public condemnation – is the calculation one of simply avoiding stigmatization? Just asking.

  8. Fuck this whole community these mother fuckers are waste to society i mean i can handle gay men and woman but all that extra shit trans drags and all that we gotta fix our pronouns and all this other bullshit can really go kick rocks

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