Thursday, September 20, 2018
Why I Put The 'T' First In TBLGQ
This person is also getting frothing at the mouth angry that I have basically done what the late Coretta Scott King used to do and intentionally changed the letters in the LGBTQ acronym around.
Questions for this hater who knows who he is. Have you helped passed good legislation that expanded rights for everyone and killed bad bills like I have? Participated in vigils for murdered trans people?
Do you have a regular column in a TBLGQ magazine? Are you asked to write pieces for other TBLGQ news outlets?
Have you been interviewed on camera to talk about human rights issues? Are you quoted in other journalists work? Have you gotten awards from various organizations for your human rights work?
I have receipts. Do you?
So why do I write the community acronym as TBLGQ in much of my writing? I prefer to put the 'T' first to remind you gay and lesbian folks that it was trans folks who have repeatedly put their behinds on the line to advance the human rights of our community.
That history of trans people standing up for their human rights and everyone else's goes back to the 1959 Cooper's Donuts Riot in LA, the 1965 Dewey's Lunch Counter Sit In and Protest in Philadelphia, the 1966 Compton's Cafeteria Riot in San Francisco, and of course, Stonewall in 1969.
And that tradition continues with our trans kids like Gavin Grimm, Jazz Jennings, and Nicole Maines just to name a few.
I put the 'T' first to remind our peeps that your best revenge against the anti-trans hate is to not end your life, but to survive, live and thrive.
I put the 'T" first because I want to remind the world that the humanity of trans people is not up for debate or discussion, especially by cis people who are hostile to our existence.
That's why I put the 'T' first in TBLGQ. Because it deserves to be there, and we have paid in blood, sweat and tears for it to be there.
And if you don't like the fact I'm doing it, too bad.