A couple days ago I was in a session at the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference. Now the story I am about to tell has absolutely no relation to the workshop so I will not mention the workshop. Anyway, in the middle of the workshop, during a question & answer session, this young white, gay-identified, cis-male stands up. He explains that he is a college grad. Then he starts saying that we shouldn’t have LGBT. It should just be one term. Then he goes on to say something along the lines of “All LGBT people have the same amount of struggle and oppression.” Everyone was shaking their heads. The room was 80% trans* people. Finally someone decided to say something. The person who stood up was someone I knew so I knew how she identified. She is black, transgender woman, transtioned in the 70’s. She explained that the amount of oppression that she faces/faced adds up to much more than what the white gay male faces/faced. Of course she is right.
The white gay male is 1. white. 2. cis-male. 3. came out in the 2000’s.
The black trans woman is 1. black 2. transgender. 3. a woman. 4. came out in the 70’s.
Due to oppression and stereotypes over a long amount of time clearly the latter is more oppressed.
I understand completely that the gay man did not mean any harm when he said this.
I guess this may be part of the problem when putting the LGBT together though, right? Sometimes LGB people try to identify with T people but sometimes that’s hard to do because there are not many similiarties if any. Gender and sexuality are two completely different things.
The world is moving along a lot quicker for gay rights. The HRC predominately focues on gay rights and excludes trans rights because they believe that gay rights should come first. (correct me if I’m wrong, but I’ve heard this countless of times).
An even bigger problem would be seperating the LGB from the T though. We are already way too segregated.
I think we should have a new acronym that stands for all LGBTQQI people plus Allies. Hopefully one day everyone in our society and world will be or become an ally. It’s so important to not only be part of a smaller community but also be apart of the community of the world.
Maybe we should have a new community called “Humans” because that’s something every single person could relate too.
Can everyone just love each other, please?
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