How Many More Letters LGBTQ?

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I recently noticed that they had added another letter to the LGBT initialism. I saw that they added a Q and then I asked what that meant. I was told it means queer. Now I am not sure how that happened, but the last time I checked, the word queer was a derogatory term. In fact, when I was growing up in the 1970s and 1980s it was a vicious word that was used to hurt many people.

How can such a word like that land up in the LGBT zone? There were people who were beaten to death and the last word they heard before they left this Earth was queer. The gay community went through a living hell to get where they are today with civil rights. Now, we are going to include the word queer? It seems so horrific to me to add that letter. In fact, it is the most outrageous thing I’ve heard in a long time. It is completely inappropriate.

According to Wikipedia, “Activists believed that the term gay community did not accurately represent all those to whom it referred. The initialism has become mainstream as a self-designation; it has been adopted by the majority of sexuality and gender identity-based community centers and media in the United States, as well as some other English-speaking countries. The term is used also in some other countries, particularly those which languages use the initialism, such as Argentina, France, and Turkey.”

So why after all of that progress would you keep complicating the term? My fear would be, that the people who do not have a letter of their own in that initialism would just give up on showing this level of respect because it just keeps changing. But this latest change would still be offensive to many older folks like me, who knew what queer meant or how it was used.

I did not agree with the black community when they co-opted the N word to make it their own. I thought that word should go into the ash bin of history. It is my opinion that adding the letter Q to LGBT is a terrible mistake. Even though people say, “To recognize this inclusion, a popular variant adds the letter Q for those who identify as queer or are questioning their sexual identity.” I’m sorry, not even the greatest drag queen in the world can put lipstick on that pig.


C. Rich
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