The ability to tell a story is one of the reasons I love it. I can look back and remember when letters got added or changed order. I can remember people wondering whether the Q meant questioning or queer, and if it mattered. I remember people arguing about whether bisexual needed to be in the mix at all.

The T seemed to be the easiest one. I don’t remember anyone seriously objecting to it when we first started using it. It seemed so obvious and necessary.

I wouldn’t have predicted the difficulties that would emerge later as some gay men began to take their normalization for granted.

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

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