Goddamn it, I was just reminded of the existence of these guys while reading about Ginsberg. Now look here, I’m not one who wants to silence portions of the gay rights movement, the queens, the people who cruise in parks and public restrooms, the leatherfolks, all great in my book. All fantastic and awesome in my book. However, NAMBLA (The North American Man/Boy Love Association, if you were wondering) is not a goddamn gay rights group, it’s a group that promotes the idea that adults having sexual relationships with adolescents isn’t harmful. It’s not about gay rights, because it’s not about the fact that the relationships they promote are homosexual, it’s about the fact that they’re between an adult and a minor. Due to the inherent power imbalance and the fact that the risk taking center of an adolescent’s brain is not yet fully formed, this is simply untrue, these relationships are inherently exploitive.
And you know what, I don’t even believe they should be silenced, I don’t believe we should criminalize membership in the KKK, as freedom of speech is vitally important, and the suppression there of is a slippery slope that leads to totalitarianism, but I really wish these bastards would stop associating themselves with the gay rights movement.
They aren’t a part of the gay rights movement, the fact that they participated in the “Spirit of Stonewall” march is a mockery. There’s no mention of discrimination against same sex couples in their mission statement, they aren’t upset over society’s views on homosexuality, they’re upset over society’s (largely correct) view of adults having sex with children.
NAMBLA doesn’t belong in the gay rights movement, and the fact that they’re evil (genuinely evil) means they just do harm to the movement in general.