LGBTQABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ?- Paul Bellini - MyGaytoronto
LGBTQABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ? 14 February 2018.
Although you'd think queers would have their hands full, the big kafuffle today was over the ever-growing acronym. What started as a very adorable "LGBT" toddler has grown into an ugly misshapen teenager.
Apparently, someone in England just added yet another new letter. For those of you who can't keep up - and that's pretty much everyone who is actually included in the acronym - here's what it now looks like:
It stands for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Questioning Intersex Asexual Agender Ally Curious Pansexual Polysexual Friends and Family Two-Spirit Kink. I have to ask myself, aren't 'questioning' and 'curious' just phases you grow out of in order to latch onto one of the other letters? Aren't 'Pansexual' and 'Polysexual' the same thing? And are 'Ally' and 'Friends and Family' either sexual orientations or the subjects of discrimination? And is it too late to add a question mark, which is about the only thing representing people like me in the equation.
Frankly, I think most queer people have just given up. In an emoji reaction chart at the foot of the article, 23 indicated 'Like', whereas 383 indicated 'Angry'. Even more telling is the Comments thread, edited for clarity.
"Kink is not inherently non-cis or non-straight."
"What's wrong with The Kinks?"
"Apparently you have no knowledge where the fight for LGBT rights started... May I introduce Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera."
"I'm not even from the western world originally, and I've come to learn that this whole story where Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera are somehow single-handedly responsible for the entire gay rights movement is nothing but revisionist history."
"A trans woman threw the first brick at Stonewall but ok you have fun with your TERF [Trans exclusionary radical feminism] garbage."
"Even if it were true..Stonewall is not the definitive moment in achieving GLB equality."
"Not a brick, it was a punch, and it likely was a lesbian."
"There were also dozens of straight men at the riots. One of them, a folk singer named Von Ronk, was badly beaten and arrested. So why aren't we required to conjoin with all straight men? Or all folk singers? The entire argument is absurd. The makeup of a crowd at an event doesn't determine our identity."
"As a lesbian who has BEEN the victim of "kinky" abusive straight men, it is NEVER okay to allow them into our community. Straight men who like to beat women? Straight men who dress their partner as children and simulate pedophilia? They aren't like us. There's no similarity."
"Seeing all of you be ugly makes me reconsider a few things. stop being so old and crotchety, sad to say this to a group of non heteronormatives but it might be good for you all to open you eyes a bit and your hearts."
"It's because of this bullshit that I'm less inclined to tell people I'm gay because I don't want to be associated with the retarded way this community is going … Grow up and grow a thicker skin."
Wow. So who gets to settle this endless debate? I leave it to big business. The corporate world seems to have roundly adopted the term LGBTQ+, so if that works for McDonald's, Mastercard, Mobil and Monsanto, then it works for me, too. Now can we all just go back to complaining about how long it took to catch that serial killer?