About 10 years ago there was a major push to change the letters from GLBT to LGBT. My podcast did not follow suit at the time. This change was brought about due to “gay” not being meant to mean “gay women.” It should only mean “gay men”. Therefore, we put the L ahead of the G so that there was no mistaking lesbians for gay men. To me, it was left wing, politically correct bullshit. I’m happy with those letters.
- GLBT (old) – Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender
- LGBT (standard) – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender
- LGBTQ (HRC) – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning
- LGBTIA – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Asexual
- LGBTIQQ – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning
In the last few months, I started watching “I Am Jazz” on TLC. This trans female speaks a lot at Human Rights Campaign (HRC) functions. I noticed her using LGBTQ. I certainly knew about what Q means. Queer. I hate that word. I would rather be called a fag. They’re both offensive words and don’t deserve a letter in our togetherness acronym [so coined here].
In some of the other variations, we see things like questioning, asexual, and intersex being added. That is nice. We should include everyone. Remember, people don’t ask to be a part of the togetherness acronym, but are just stuck on there. Does it mean that we have to like each other? No. Does it mean that we even have something in common? Yes. We are outside of the societal norm in regards to our sexuality. That includes sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
In many ways, it says that “we are not with you.” That is a bad way to look at it, but completely valid. The folks paid to do this would say that we need the letters to show how we are fighting together to get things to change. That is also valid. I just think we need to look at all sides of the topic.
I look at the letters as a rallying cry. It binds us to the fight against mistreatment and discrimination. Let’s stick to one set of letters that Donald Trump can pronounce. LGBT is hard enough to remember for most non-LGBT people. We welcome everyone, but need a togetherness acronym that we can all remember.