26 April 2007

So What's the New Acronym?

Cutting edge identity politics can get a bit tricky. As soon as you start defining what people are, there will be someone who decides that the current definitions are too exclusionary.

For those invested in defining themselves regarding their sexual orientation things are getting a bit out of hand.

Look at this from an Eastern Ontario paper
PFLAG Cornwall, support/discussion group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual, two-spirited, intersex, queer and questioning people, as well as their friends, families and allies
So gay was too limiting, homosexual too clinical, and even LGBT wasn't enough, now it's LGBTTTIQQ, at least until somebody comes up with a new group identity to throw into the mix.

I think PFLAG is a good thing generally and helps some people through difficult times with their families and themselves, but is it really necessary to name check each and every flavor of orientation when describing your group?

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