So in my last column, a few statements were made by various commenters that raise issues that go well beyond the scope of just a single comment on one thread.
All of them raised issues with the specter that's haunting the LGBT community right now, and that specter is a complex set of questions that surround the notion of being part of the LGBT.
Normally, I'd pop in and simply pontificate on the peculiar principles of public participation and how patriarchal platitudes do little to promote peaceable accord.
Not this time, alliteration not withstanding. This time I'm going to put it to you, the wonderful and amazing collective of readers here. I'm going to ask a few simple questions, and then I'm going to let you answer them.
I'm not going to comment in this one myself. I am reserving my possibly known thoughts and ideas for later stuff, as what I'm doing here, in asking this, is learning from you.
I will stipulate a few rules to this process. I realize some people dislike that even as a merest suggestion, but I think it's important as people need to do it.
First off, don't critique or criticize another poster's responses. That's going to be hard. In fact, that's going to be damn hard given the questions I'm going to ask. I can say that I will be biting my lip the whole time, if this column actually gets people who are willing to answer.
Second, answer the questions. No vacillating, no talking about subjects that are germane but not part of the actual answer. No guessing about what I mean in asking them, and don't worry about what I might think or others might think about your answers. There's no sinister motive behind this, and if you think the questions are some kind of trap, well, as far as I'm concerned, you have some issues with paranoia.
Third, this is just about the questions. Not me, not other commenters, not Bilerico, not some greater good or lesser evil, not about who did what to whom with that where and if they enjoyed it or not. Just the questions.
Think of it as a poll where there answers get to be written by you.
Now, I'm aware that those rules make the whole idea of Bilerico seem a little odd, but we'll have plenty of time to discuss the answers later. One of the things we want to do here is to air it out.
Because although we talk a lot about the stuff inside, beneath, above, and around these questions, not too many people ever really bother asking them.
Well, I'm bothering.
And now, the questions:
1. Why should the LGBT split apart?
2. Why can't people other trans folk speak out on trans topics?
3. Why should the LGBT stay together?
4. Why should people accept letting trans people go from legislation?
5. Why should people accept letting gay men go from legislation?
6. Why are we all allies to each other instead of part of one another?
7. Why do people think there isn't an LGBT community?
8. Why do people think there is an LGBT community?
9. Why don't we start our own political party?
10. What makes a person part of the problem, instead of part of the solution or someone outside the whole issue?