September 14, 2017 at 12:32 pm EST | by Mark Lee
Hillary’s clue about ‘What Happened’ to gay culture
Hillary Clinton Book, gay news, washington blade

Hillary Clinton (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

“I know that for a lot of people, including a lot of women, the movement for women’s equality exists largely in the past.”

That line, previewed from Hillary Clinton’s maligned-in-advance blame-everybody-else book-of-electoral-excuses “What Happened” published this week, provides an insight relevant to the current state of LGBT politics and culture.

Given the rapid and dramatic pace of broad gains in LGBT civil equality and cultural acceptance, the prevalent proclivity within our ranks for grievance collection and victim portrayal may wear as thin as Clinton’s lingering lament over losing.

Whether we will become chronic complainers like Clinton who simply won’t stop whining is the question.

We run the same risk as she, suffering political allies reported by media to be expressing in exasperation, “I wish she’d just shut the f— up and go away.”

We will be measured by psychological preparedness for the transition from renegade to that of largely acceptance and assimilation. The degree to which we lament the loss of an historic “outsider” status and the collective cohesiveness such estrangement once provided will be gauged. A fundamental, if yet incomplete, cultural integration and the corresponding reduction in community entities and commercial establishments will characterize the contours and context of modern gay life.

Fear of this development can be found in the directives of too many LGBT activists. Our attention is increasingly being diverted to so-called “intersectional” issues outside the shared realm of essential matters of LGBT equality or community-centric concerns – accompanied by the attendant presumption that sexual orientation conveys proscribed political perspectives. Moreover, this implies there is now a lot less on the “gay agenda” commanding group attention.

We witnessed this dichotomy last summer when “No Justice No Pride” radicals pilloried wholesale the LGBT community and local Pride celebrations in multiple cities for not protesting pipelines, prisons, police, and the lending policies of banks. Nothing belies that a significant amount has been accomplished quite like a programmatic attempt to shift the focus toward other topics. The inherent irony implicit in these admonitions is that LGBT issues are no longer as intrinsically relevant due to the collaborative success and community progress toward fair and equal treatment.

Clinton’s legacy condemnation of “deplorables” is similarly emblematic of this out-of-the-mainstream LGBT political ideology. Fairly or not, it has led to a popularized and ignoble reputation for wanting to punish opponents, not persuade them.

We are seen as desiring to exact revenge for, or at least restriction of and recrimination against, even the slightest divergence outside a groupthink political posture and cultural attitude. There’s no pause anymore in the impatience of some for absolutist behavior. No slight is too small or no offense too minor, with no modulation or accommodation permitted.

If we’re to expand our sights on issues of community concern, we are notably casting our gaze in the wrong direction.

Given that LGBT entrepreneurs and small-to-moderate-size enterprise owners and operators are widely estimated to represent fully 10 percent or more of our demographic cohort, much higher than that of the population as a whole, community leaders might better turn their attention toward issues of concern to those engaged in business.

Although an increasingly hostile-to-enterprise leftist Democratic leadership doesn’t appear to care, it was not long ago that the business community was much more magnanimous toward the party. Today, however, surveys indicate that an overwhelming supermajority between 3-of-4 and 4-of-5 business operators now consistently support Republican candidates at the local, state, and federal levels. This widespread opposition to Democratic policies includes a sizable, if largely silent, contingent of lesbian and gay enterprise leaders.

National politics and political parties are currently a mess of internal disruption and external dysfunction. Voter affinity for both parties is at a dismal level and record-setting low.

Hillary Clinton’s observation regarding gender politics is an important lesson, and warning, for the LGBT community. It’s one passage in her book we’d be wise to heed.

Mark Lee is a long-time entrepreneur and community business advocate. Follow on Twitter: @MarkLeeDC. Reach him at

  • lnm3921

    Look who is talking about being a constant whiner! Yet another annoying article by that blowhard Mark Lee! He throws in words like dichotomy to boot to sound more high brow!

    I would say that many of us feel whenever we read a Mark Lee article that:

    , “I wish she’d just shut the f— up and go away.”

  • Rick Rosendall

    1. Based on his absurd caricature echoing media accounts, it appears doubtful that Mark Lee has read Hillary’s book. In fact she takes responsibility for her failings on the first page. His over-the-top despisement of her is far beyond what is justified by policy differences or her actual record.
    2. Why should Hillary STFU any more than Mark? Washington memoirs come out all the time; I bought two just this week. I am just a few chapters in, but she has a grown-up, serious tone that is not what Mark portrays. He cites voices that suit his prior conclusions. He is writing opinion and not news, of course, so this is his right.
    3. As she is demonstrating in her interview with Rachel Maddow, which I am watching as I write this, Hillary is experienced, smart, measured, and wise. As she has noted, she had high approval ratings as Secretary of State. The knives came out when she re-entered the political arena and the Lady Macbeth smears resumed. It is preposterous to pretend that she is pathetically and egregiously whining to note that her own mistakes were supplemented by interference from Putin, Comey, Assange, and voter suppression. It is not clear why everyone but her is entitled to have their say.
    4. If losers should shut up and go away, why are we still hearing from Bernie Sanders? The reason is that he is still in the Senate and pushing his agenda. We are not (yet, at least) a banana republic where defeated candidates are jailed or executed. Hillary remains a citizen whose voice is just as legitimate as any other.
    5. Mark and I have both been critical of No Justice, No Pride. But their comically totalitarian mindset is out of step with the vast bulk of the LGBT community, as was clear during Capital Pride. The notion that those leftists are representative of an oppressive groupthink is belied by Mark’s continuing status as a Blade commentator with his own loyal following. That some among us are eager to silence disagreeable voices is no reason why those of us with regular access to newsprint should emulate them.

    • uhhuhh

      This is the guy who nearly had to be institutionalized in an epic tantrum because DC banned smoking in bars and restaurants. He’s a mouthy idiot, and if the Blade had any integrity, they’d stop running his drivel no matter how much money he gives them.

      • LesbianTippingHabits

        We know the Blade isn’t paying any money to Mark Lee.

        • lnm3921

          That’s because what he writes isn’t worth anything!

          • Count Dracula

            Kinda like your posts

          • lnm3921

            Yet they threaten you so much that you need to reply to each one!!!

            What a stupid idiot you are!! As long as they piss you off they are priceless you loser!

    • Alex Knisely

      “Despisement”? Despite. Please don’t invent clunker words when good words are there at hand.

      • Rick Rosendall

        What is this, the French Academy? “Despite” as a noun is archaic.

        • Alex Knisely

          “Despisement” is, as you fail to recognise, a barbarism. The French Academy has as one of its goals elegance in use of language. But to you perhaps that is a bad thing.

          • Rick Rosendall

            Indeed I do not so recognize.

    • My favorite part of Madcow’s interview was when they told Hillary to shut up so they could cut away to breaking news about a sneezing baby panda.

    • She needs to be in prison, gagged, breaking rocks, and when not, chained to a wall. Her entire family save the grand baby need to be convicted and incarcerated too. The baby should be given in adoption to someone in Libya, Venezuela, or North Korea.

      • lnm3921

        Bruce Majors as Bertha Minors consumed with hatred prepares for murder! Time to report her to the secret service!

        • That would be “Secret Service.” You illegals are never going to get anywhere if you can’t learn English.

          • lnm3921

            Is that why you failed to be Mayor of DC, even marginalized by fellow conservatives for being a homosexual? Bend over for Count Dracula!


            LMAO! You win the internets

          • Correcting the spelling errors of idiots? No I didn’t campaign on that. But it probably explains your failures

          • lnm3921

            People who have nothing to offer the world fool themselves into thinking they do by whining about the spelling of others. That’s what spell checker is for so you’re obsolete loser! No wonder you can’t get a real job doing anything!

      • Rick Rosendall

        It is so much easier to reach a conclusion that you started with. Bruce’s gleeful trolling aside, even Mr. Comey, after helping sabotage Hillary’s presidential campaign, couldn’t find an actual crime to charge her with. Hearing after hearing after bogus Benghazi hearing turned up zip. But a quarter century of disinformation, along with help from Comey, Assange, Putin, voter suppression, and Clinton’s own mistakes, had its effect. After all the email hacking, all the Hillary haters have is John Podesta’s creamy risotto recipe, Hillary conspiring with Huma to be bad and split a creme brulee, some foolish DNC staffers, and a lot of fevered speculation. While Bruce is ready to lock her up based on his own smirking, the mad grifter currently in the White House coasts right by. Hillary’s principal crime was political ambition, along with a measure of hubris and a lack of her husband’s charm. If those things were crimes, Mitch McConnell would be a lifer. PS: does anyone really believe Bruce read Hillary’s book before declaring it ghost-written? After she weathered that marathon hearing run by Trey Gowdy a couple years ago, one would think even her haters would give up the notion that she cannot communicate for herself. But cheap mockery can be as addictive as meth.

        • Actually, outside the brain dead world of gay Democrat flaks and lobbyists, evidence of Hillary’s crimes, which Comey and Lynch covered up, continues to emerge. The day her most recent drivel was published two security people stepped forward to say her State Department ordered them to be silent about Benghazi. More obstruction of justice.

          • Rick Rosendall

            Believe what you like. This is not (yet) a banana republic. That you are still pounding the Benghazi nonsense shows the level of delusion here. It is not happening, short of presidential intervention amounting to another impeachable offense. To mention obstruction of justice without naming Trump is some serious clowning past the graveyard. But give yourself the last word.

        • Kemwit Tall Tree

          The sad fact is that Hillary is unlikable. All that pay-to-play with the Clinton Foundation tarnished both she and her husband in the eyes of many reasonable people.

          Her coziness with Wall Street bankers and corporatists turned out to be a huge albatross too. She is nothing more than a Country Club Republican who gives lip service to the 99%.

          The Democratic Party represents the average working man and woman as much as a K-Street Lobbyist.

  • uhhuhh

    I stopped reading before the end of your second paragraph. If you had bothered to learn anything about the book, you’d know that she also places plenty of blame on herself. Whatever “point” you have later in this piece of rancid garbage, it’s not worth wading through your obnoxious mouth to find.

    Shouldn’t you be off having a tantrum because DC banned smoking in restaurants?

  • It’s so sad that the Blade devotes time to this when it could be exposing how the Russian funded Family Research Council is sending Senator Menendez to prison, and how it plans to convict Maxine Waters and many of our other brilliant leaders after that.

    • lnm3921

      Yes, Bruce Lee articles are a waste of time! Trump’s love for Tony Perkins President of the FRC would then prove that he is tied to Russia then!

      • We’re you on that island the Democrat congressman was talking about when it tipped over?

        • lnm3921

          You hear voices don’t you that tell you to do wicked things like vote republican?!

          See a doctor for medication!

          • Actually Hillary and Sally Quinn don’t invite me to their seances.

  • Scott Bodenheimer

    As long as teen suicides for LGBT kids are multiples of the straight average. MULTIPLES. Then no honey, there isn’t equality, and there’s plenty to fight for, and for the people that want to hijack our movement like parasitic fish on a shark, they can all go start their own, build it with their own blood and bodies, and we’ll support them. But the LGBT Equality Movement is OURS, and it won’t stop until full Equality is achieved.

    • Young gays commit suicide because Democrats deny them school choice and keep them incarcerated in schools where they are bullied.

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    Mark Lee, please follow Donald Trump’s example and run for office yourself.

    Or, you’re just griping on a website attracting few readers, fewer comments.

    Even if you lose the election, you will still gain respect. Thank you.

    • lnm3921

      Really? Nothing could make me respect that mouthy idiot Mark Lee!

      • Has anyone ever cared for your “respect” though?

        • lnm3921

          Look who’s asking! You’re our Rodney Dangerfield!

          • Lost your pills again?

          • lnm3921

            You are the pill…a laxative!

  • Hillary just announced her next autobiography, to be published by Knopf, a tell-all about her intimate life with Bill: “Sour Grapes.”

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