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What the F***!

Believe it or not there is a gay pride festival in Wichita, Kansas but you would not know to look at it. It is not called Gay Pride, it is called "Wichita Pride" (we wouldn't want anybody to think we are *whisper* gay).

While looking at their website I noticed that out the 10 page that made up the Wichita Pride site, the word "Gay" and "Lesbian" only appeared 3 times and one was in the description of one of the "community links"

Then I saw this:
"Now we have a president who isn't afraid to include the TBLGQ community in his acceptance speech."



I can only guess that "TBLGQ" stands for Trans/Bi/Lesbian/Gay/Queer. I know that I am being a bit petty but, Come on! What is wrong with GLBT? Oh, I guess someone might know that GLBT is "Gay" we would not want to be associated with that.


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Jun. 24th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
Alphabet soup
To me, this just looks like another case of hyper-extended political correctness.
Jun. 24th, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
In Toronto, they officially got rid of all those nasty letters several years ago, so it is just Toronto Pride. I saw an ad on TV last night, sponsored by a local television station, talking all about Toronto Pride. If you didn't already know, you would swear that it was a massive party in which Torontonians expressed their pride in this city.

I try to make a point of always saying Gay Pride Day. (Even though I know that it is not inclusive when I do so. I'm less concerned about inclusiveness than I am about actual, you know, gay pride on gay pride day.
Jun. 24th, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
There comes a point when over-inclusiveness becomes silly. It reduces inclusion to a joke.
Jun. 25th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
Hear Hear!
Jun. 25th, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)
Chicago is the same way. It's now officially called the Chicago Pride Parade.
Jun. 24th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
It could be worse. I've seen LGBTQQ2S. LGBT (obvious), Queer, Questioning and 2-Spirited.
Jun. 25th, 2009 06:24 am (UTC)
Oh now that's just ridiculous. Especially since "questioning" would pretty well destroy the pride part, and 2 spirit doesn't have anything relating to the others. Jeez, how long a list before we just say "People pride"?
Jun. 25th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
It had to happen, first it was Gay, then gay & lesbian, then gay,lesbian, bisexual and transgendered, then Lesbian, g,b,t then they added the Q now, everyone else slips up a notch. Soon it will be TBLQ -oh- and by the way, G.
Jun. 25th, 2009 06:32 am (UTC)
I was on Pride for a few years, it's not exactly reassuring to find out that they're still as thoughtful as they were back then. Funny, I pissed off a bunch of people back in the day for saying that acceptance starts with actually saying what we are and not looking like a bunch of freaks. So, they scheduled "Pride Fair" with nothing on the poster saying it was about gay people, then put the wrinkled leather daddies in assless chaps at the front gate.

Not what I meant guys, thanks for playing.

I though about going this year, but I just couldn't work up the interest. Now I wish I'd have gone just to raise a stink.
Jun. 25th, 2009 07:05 am (UTC)
I have also seen BGLQT ... know why?

Because it is in alphabetical order that way...

*head slap*

I just stick with GLBT, it is common enough and people know what you mean.
Jun. 25th, 2009 10:28 am (UTC)
I thought "TLBGQ" was the name of a frozen yogurt franchise. Oh, wait, that's "TCBY."

Call me "country bumpkin", but I'm in the dark as to why "Queer" is in a category all by itself. I trust there's a logical reason for it. I'm just stumped when I try to think of one.
Jun. 25th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
i identify as queer when it comes to my sexual orientation. i'm not gay, because i like girls as well as boys. i'm not bi, because i also like people who may not identify as girls or boys.
Jun. 27th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
The local Center here in town had a "town hall meeting" of "elders" in the community and it was basically seven lesbians, one former drag queen/drag mother and one leather trans person.

I admit, I'm still a little pissed off at the complete ignoring of the entire male side of the community.

First the lesbians commented that "The men called it a parade, the women called it a march." Yes, I get the humor in the statement. Yes, most men when celebrating Pride after more into the enjoyment of the day and less about the movement...

But then, they stated "Gay isn't about lesbians. When people say Gay, they mean men." And then commented that they make sure to list everything out.

That pissed me off royally. And I'm still working on a way to argue with the Center's folks running the event that there needs to be another town hall, and this time, with a little less bias.

Our community has enough crap to deal with than dance around semantics because someone might get offended. Argh.

So it doesn't surprise me that Gay is almost last in that list of names. :(
Jun. 27th, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
heck - I remember when it was GLBT, then suddenly everyone was using LGBT, and now this? How about just going alphabetically? BGLT? Bi-Gay-Lettuce-Tomato...oh wait...that isn't right.
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