WTF? Come on, Seriously? This is our name, GLBTIQSAF? This is our Politically Correct community name? And everyone can switch the letters around to suit their own agenda? Don’t you feel a little silly writing that out? Cause I do. Here’s what we can do about it…
So first we need talk about what all of this alphabet soup means:
G = Gay
L = Lesbian
B = Bi Sexual
T = Transgender
I = Inter Sex
Q = Queer and Questioning
F = Friends and Family
S = Straight Supporter
A = Alliance or Alley
And here’s the best, or most confusing, part of this name… People freely switch the letters around or drop them completely. Depending of course on their own personal issues and identifiers.
GLBT or LGBT = Some one who identifies more with Gay or Lesbian and not so keen on the other groups that got left out. Or just not up on all the other “letters” issues.
GLBTI or LGBTI= Same thing as above but knows more about the “I” and is trying to include everyone.
GLBTQI or LGBTQI = Is some one who wants to represent those that are struggling with coming out. Typically people who aren’t out or had a very hard time coming out.
But really, this all boils down to people trying to be some what PC, or at least as much as they can stomach. Or enough to fit on a business card.
Now I know that the terms Gay Community or Gay and Lesbian Community can be a little divisive. I can see the logic there. It’s not just Gays or Gays and Lesbians fighting in this struggle for equality. Bisexuals, Transgender and Inter Sex need to be represented in the group. They are facing the same or similar issues of intolerance and injustice. But Friends/Family, Questioning, Supporters and Allies? Really?
Our Supporters, Friends/Family and Allies do not need to be included in our name. They may be there standing with us, but they are not us. Think about it for a second. They are supporters of the community. They are not part of the community. Until they are a GLBTI person…then they are just a friend or family member or a supporter. So, I say no on the FSA. Three down.
On to the Q. You either are or you aren’t. We are the ONLY group that includes questioning as a class of “members”. If you say you are straight, then you are. If you come out as a lesbian…then you’re a lesbian. If you are not sure…then you are what ever you say you are at that time. Period. I can’t believe I actually have to write this out. Besides, most people who are questioning their sexuality tend to designate themselves as bisexual. At least until they know for sure or feel comfortable being one way or the other. So say bye-bye to the Q.
Now to get rid of them all, mwahaha! Like I said before I get the divisive nature of the terms Gay Community and Gay and Lesbian Community. But what’s wrong with Queer? The term Queer Community can include everyone with out any special place holders or rules of order. Plus, Queer is such a powerful word. It even sounds less…well pansy-ish.
Would you mess with a Queer? Of course not, they’ll cut ya. But a GLBTIer… that just sounds lame. So, I’m casting my vote for Queer. The best part is… I wont have to change my logo 😉