Wednesday, December 28, 2011

LGBT – The Forgotten Half

Gay Marriage, Gay Rights, Gay Pride. There is a half of the LGBT acronym that more people are familiar with. It’s not necessarily intentional, the word ‘gay’ is so easy to say and fits so well with a variety of modifiers that it’s not surprising that it’s the most used of the four.

But there is truth in the assertion that we Transgendered and Bisexuals are largely forgotten. There are different reasons for that, I think. Transgenderism is so hard for many to understand because it is so lacking in a clear definition. We can pinpoint things such as Gender Identity Syndrome, Cross dressing, and transsexualism, but even these make up only a portion of the transgendered community. Not to mention the fact that being born with the physical characteristics of one gender, and the mental and emotional characteristics of another is something you can really only fully understand if you’re currently experiencing it. And there are people that don’t identify with either gender. It is confusing in its infinince.

Bisexuality is another matter entirely. I feel that a lot of people don’t take it seriously, mostly because it goes against our desire to categorize things. We as a society like to think in polar absolutes. You can be this, this, and this, but not that, that, and that, and certainly not some sort of thisthat blend...which is exactly what bisexuals are.

Like I said, I don’t think there is any intentional slight, I would just urge all members of the LGBT community and their allies to remember…we’re in this together.

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