A Thought About All This LGBT Stuff

The “L” stuff has been around a long time. Yes, we know, we get it.

The “G” stuff has been around a long time. Yes, we know, we get it.

The “B” stuff has been around a long time. Yes, we know, we get it.

But aren’t you getting sick and tired of having all this “T” stuff, you should pardon the pun, shoved up your ass?

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  • Peaches Shimmerdeep  On May 21, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Wow. Has the Mudge been hanging out with The Donald?

  • foureyedcurmudgeon  On May 21, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Not at all. The Curmudgeon hopes all the Ls, Bs, Gs, and Ts will live long, healthy, happy, and fulfilled lives. He’s just tired about hearing about the Ts day and night.

    • Peaches Shimmerdeep  On May 21, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      I hear you, but that’s more about your discomfort than the reality of what’s evolving for them. It IS uncomfortable, the pronouns are difficult to navigate, the “transitions” observable but also confusing, the protocols unclear. But they are the ones who were still
      closeted and left out during all the gay rights changes and acceptances happened, and this is their “coming out”. I wonder if our parents or theirs felt civil rights activists were “shoving up” their views. I get and sometimes share your discomfort and insecurity about how to handle and behave, but this is just another change.

  • foureyedcurmudgeon  On May 21, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    I don’t think that’s it. I don’t understand it, and think anyone who thinks they do, other than the people themselves, is full of s–t, but I’m just tired of being inundated with it. Names and pronouns don’t bother me: I’m a sports fan, and as silly as you think this might be, by the time I was 12 years old I had seen several major athletes change their names and learned not to think twice about it. What bothers me is Bruce/Caitlyn treating coming out as a money-making opportunity and being called “courageous” for acknowledging something she’s known for more than 40 years. I’m tired of reading about a major gay rights landmark of 10, 20, 30, or 40 years ago as an “LGBT” event when the concept didn’t exist at that time and the implication that if I don’t see it that way I’m an enemy. As for rights, I think discussion of anything less than full rights is absurd, and I don’t worry about the person in the next stall to me in the men’s room – or the person in the next stall to my sister or mother in the women’s room. I’m tired of being talked to and written about as if I’m part of the problem because I don’t personally identify with someone who’s transgender. I’m tired of being treated like I’m part of the problem. I’m just tired of hearing about it.

    • Peaches Shimmerdeep  On May 22, 2016 at 12:44 am

      I think your argument here needs work. Bruce/Caitlin and the money making is a rare situation, not at all what I heR about most Trans experiences. It appears that many turn to drugs or end up on the streets. There are things about trans that are hard to understand, it’s true, but their emergence and increased openness in society is an indication of acceptance and a rejection of intolerance, I think. Your arguments are almost always well-considered and iron-clad in logic. This one just seems “off”.

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