One phenomenon I notice frequently, Jeffry, is anti-LGBTQ people ridiculing our initials in order to discredit movements for equality among gender and sexual minorities.

Naturally, that’s a weak argument, barely worth responding to, but it does strengthen my resolve not to bicker about language.

Personally, I find LGBTQ to be a nice compromise between inclusivity and efficiency, but I have no quarrel with people who wish to use different initials or different terminology.

I’d rather argue with our detractors than with members of our diverse communities.


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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot.

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