I’ve got a problem with the LGBT classification, a special interest concoction with no real meaning. Hell, lesbians and gay men can barely find common ground. But transgendered folks? I favor equality across the board, but we’re not the same, and our struggle shouldn’t be treated as such.
(From the Malcontent archives:)
No one ever asked me, or anyone else, it seems, whether lesbians, gays and bisexuals belong under the same minority umbrella as transsexusals. But the activist class has already decided that Alexis Arquette and I share a common struggle, and it’s best not to challenge the queer politburo.
Yet I can’t resist. So let’s dissect: Arquette decided a year ago that he wanted to become a woman. I decided, about 12 years ago, that I never wanted to sleep with a woman again. Just because we both may be despised or misunderstood (and frankly, I don’t understand the inclination to chop off one’s penis, but it’s not my place to say he can’t, or shouldn’t), does that make us brothers? Or brother and sister? Or … see, it’s confusing.
Stephen H. Miller agrees:
How many times can you find the complete phrase "lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender" in this short mission statement? Even worthy activism is made to sound like merely a politically correct exercise by this sort of ritualism.
Worse, the LGBT mantra assumes that important issues of identity and strategy have been resolved in favor of some mythic "LGBT community." This side steps a number of still highly debatable matters, such as whether bisexuals face discrimination only when they are perceived as gay-acting. And while transgendered individuals certainly endure prejudice and oppression, the issues confronted by those who range from heterosexual cross-dressers to post-op folks now legally the opposite gender of their birth (and thus who, for instance, can gender-appropriately marry) may be so different from the issues that confront gay people that assuming LGBT singleness becomes stunningly inappropriate.
But if you listen to mainstream LGBT organizational voices, those questions are settled and the matter closed.