Junk Explained: What is LGBTIQ Wrath Month And Why Are We So Angry?
LGBTIQ Wrath comes after Pride.
There’s a good chance you’ve seen your local internet queer talking about “LGBTIQ Wrath Month” recently, and wondered “what the heckin’ heck is that all about, Barbara?”
So, let’s explain: As we know, the June was for LGBTIQ Pride Month in the US. The month commemorates the famous Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. But it hasn’t gone unnoticed that Pride has become somewhat more… tame in recent years. The message has changed from rebellion and resistance to a message of acceptance and love.
Now, marching alongside the queers, we’ve got police and politicians who decide to make nice with the LGBTIQ community for one month of the year. We have brands angling for the pink dollar. And we have certain subsections of the community with more rights and visibility than others. While Pride isn’t as huge a thing in Australia, we have the same discussion every year during Mardi Gras and other queer celebrations around the country.
Whether or not Pride has evolved along with the needs of its community or become a twisted more beige version of itself, it’s clear that the queer community still has a lot of reason to be angry, and to use that anger.
Enter LGBTIQ Wrath Month.
Happy LGBTQ+ Wrath Month everybody. pic.twitter.com/UK92Cl6SNf
— Anthony Oliveira (@meakoopa) July 2, 2018
Where Did Wrath Month Come From?
Wrath Month is one of those jokes that’s funny because it touches on something real and raw. As far as anyone can really tell, the meme sprang from the obvious connection between Pride and Wrath being two of the seven deadly sins, which you might know from the Bible or the movie Se7en.
Obviously, Wrath follows Pride, so people began joking about what a Wrath Month might look like, and the consensus was ANGRY GAYS.
Pride month may be over but fear not!
June: LGBT Pride 🌈
July: LGBT Wrath 😈
Aug: LGBT Lust 💋
Sept: LGBT Greed 💍
Oct: LGBT Envy 💁
Nov: LGBT Gluttony 🤰
Dec-May: LGBT Sloth 💤
— The Gay Burn Book (@SouthernHomo) June 30, 2018
first action of queer wrath month: making sure “Fourth of July” by Sufjan Stevens finds its way onto all BBQ playlists
— dalton day (@lilghosthands) July 3, 2018
On to LGBTQ+ Wrath Month!! Be queer and do crimes!! pic.twitter.com/RW903tIyHC
— Henny Lamarr (@Choripanzer) July 2, 2018
One of the overwhelming signifiers of being queer in 2018 is the urge to be palatable, to not make waves, to be the kind of happy, friendly, “love is love” rainbow queers that are easier to sell to a predominantly straight audience. Obviously, this isn’t something that a lot of people want to do all the time.
Sometimes, people want to be angry.
In case there were any question that July is LGBT Wrath month https://t.co/V2ifbUjYGR
— where the quiet gays are (@recfab) July 2, 2018
It's Gay Wrath month now. No freebies. pic.twitter.com/49ll8O01w6
— Not Civil (@CamCron) July 1, 2018
What Does Wrath Month Actually Mean?
The meme has hit a chord with queers everywhere. It’s nice to remember that we’re allowed to be angry. What started off as a joke began to filter into a legitimate point, because there’s a bunch of reasons for queers to be angry, and to feel legitimate in that rage.
June is LGBT Pride month
July is LGBT Wrath month https://t.co/pUi4LE9e12
— SALBAKUTA KINABALU (@keiakamatsu) July 5, 2018
Overseas, the Trump administration and the Supreme Court are trying to strip rights from LGBTIQ people. Closer to home, we still have brutal attacks on gay and trans people, members of our government endorsing conversion therapy, and money given to school chaplains rather than safer schools for queer youth.
Anger didn’t disappear with marriage equality, as much as some people wish it would.
the "pride month is over, time for wrath month" thing but 100% serious and leveraged at institutions and business entities who were garbage at supporting LGBTQ+ folks and/or who started tearing down their pride banners as soon as July 1st rolled around
— Alex Zandra 🏳️🌈🐭🏳️🌈 the familiar mouse (@zandravandra) July 1, 2018
“It has, in living memory, sent us into exterminations, into exorcisms, into daily indignities and compromises. We cannot hold jobs with certainty nor hands without fear; we cannot be sure when next the ax will fall with the stroke of a pen.”
He specifically calls out “the beer brands that used to mock us, the banks that denied us loans. The bachelorette parties that use us as props…” as targets for anger.
“You have co-opted our pride, but you cannot have our rage.”
Hey gays, if you’re all gonna tweet jokes about LGBT Wrath month than actually get mad at the fact that transphobic marchers led London Pride.
Pride was started by transwoman, don’t let TERFs exclude them.
— The Nerdy Homo (@PhillyHomo) July 7, 2018
“Wrath Month is a chance to remember that before our symbol was a rainbow, it was a hurled brick.”
How To Celebrate Wrath Month
While you’re certainly valid, and even encouraged to spend the month stewing in rage like a deliciously angry oven-baked chicken, other places are starting to put together handy lists of ways you can channel that wrath productively.
Other people are buying swords, so there’s really a lot of scope. Perhaps in Australia we could all tell Lyle Shelton to eat shit again — and there’s never been a better time to take to the streets and protest for your chosen cause.
Me getting ready for lgbt+ wrath month 🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/iHIaESKqp7
— яσмαη (@redromann) July 2, 2018
One good thing to do is use Wrath Month to call out examples of bigotry within the community — it’s not just straight people who we need to be angry at. There’s enough anger to go around, because it’s Wrath Month.
And the end of last month ppl were commenting that July would be LGBT+ Wrath Month.
How fucking prophetic they were.@PrideInLondon don't just allow #transphobic behaviour, they encourage it, and it's near-certain not a single one of the organisers will resign over this. https://t.co/ZXopZtfhG7
— ⚢⚧🌸SakuraNoSeirei🌸🧜🏾♀️🦋 (@SakuraNoSeirei) July 7, 2018
If this all sounds intense, remember that next month is LGBTIQ Lust Month, which sounds like a whole lotta fun, and we only need to wait until December for Sloth, so we can take a nice nap.
ok y’all, pride month is over, get your baseball bats and knives ready for wrath month, we gotta lotta stuff to fix
— mancameron @ FLAMECON (@boycameron) June 30, 2018
Patrick Lenton is an author and staff writer at Junkee. He tweets @patricklenton.