A Response to the Idea ‘It’s Time to Take the T out of LGBT’

I know this story, (the push to take the “T” out of LGBT), is several months old but I just discovered this blogger and found this post particularly compelling,

GenderBen!

On Thursday 10th September 2015, Katie Glover (who is transgender) wrote an article for the Independent titled ‘Why it’s Time to take the ‘T’ out of LGBT’. I think that this article is misguided and unhelpful for different aspects of queer communities, and I will spell out why.

The article starts with discussion of the idea that people can get confused by LGBT, due to confusion and conflation between sexuality and gender identity (one simple, but useful one liner I’ve heard to explain this is “sexuality is who you go to bed with, gender identity is who you go to bed as” – later in the article, Glover misquotes this idea). This is a point dealt with by education, as the association between gender identity and sexuality has been around a lot longer than any kind of LGBT movement has. That association is in part because of how labels…

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About Fairy JerBear

A disabled, trans/agender fairy bear living in the American Southwest and passionate about social justice, the environment, Trans/ LGBTQIA+ equality and combating bullying.
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One Response to A Response to the Idea ‘It’s Time to Take the T out of LGBT’

  1. Thank you for sharing this. I was astounded by Glover’s article. One expects such calls from lesbian separatists, but certainly not from transpeople themselves. Needless to say, I do not support it either morally or practically. We are stronger together.

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