Is LGBT just a marriage of convenience?

While trawling the net I came across a very interesting opinion piece on LGBT. As a heterosexual male I am looking at the issue from a purely social angle – the moral debate about minority sexual orientations holds little interest to me.

First a few juicy quotes from the article:

“We have absolutely nothing in common with gay men,” says Eda, a young lesbian, “so I have no idea why we are lumped in together.”


It is wrong to assume that gay men are not sexist towards their lesbian sisters. According to Lorenzo, there is a significant problem in the gay community with misogyny.

So we have a LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgendered) community which is  often viewed as a monolithic block but which in fact has some internal frictions and divisions. How have they acquired the group identity in the first place? Who and on what authority speaks for LGBT? How can other parties interested in fighting for recognition join the collective?

Recent additions – queer, “questioning” and intersex – have seen the term expand to LGBTQQI in many places


An event in Canada is currently advertising itself as an “annual festival of LGBTTIQQ2SA culture and human rights”, with LGBTTIQQ2SA representing “a broad array of identities such as, but not limited to, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, two-spirited, and allies”. Two-spirited is a term used by Native Americans to describe more than one gender identity.

So it appears the door is open to whoever wants to join the party. But has anyone asked the LGBT core group of founding members if they want to be associated with “two-spirited” people? Could zoophiles or the man/boy love brigade also hop on board to get some public representation? Where would they need to apply? But this next quote is even more interesting:

Twenty-one-year-old Jenni Goodchild does not experience sexual attraction, but in an increasingly sexualised society what is it like to be asexual? “For me it basically just means that I don’t look at people and think ‘hmm yeah I’d have sex with you, that just doesn’t happen,” says Jenni. A student in Oxford, Jenni is one of the estimated 1% of people in the UK who identify themselves as asexual. Asexuality is described as an orientation, unlike celibacy which is a choice.

So we have people with minority sexual preferences fighting shoulder in shoulder with those who want nothing to do with sex. It is a bit like non-drinkers being lumped together with anti-prohibition activists which does not make sense to me. While, as mentioned above, I do not have a horse in this race I have always been wary of implied group identities and collective activism. I grew up in a socialist country where political propaganda was based on concepts like “working class” or “patriotic youth” and we were all deemed to belong to these groups, without ever being asked. I suspect the same thing may be happening with the LGBTxxxxxx movement which claims to be a voice of 5-10% of the population, few of whom have been consulted.

There is one quote in the BBC article that I agree with whole-heartedly:

One thing, however, seems certain. LGBTQQI will continue to be added to until the only person not represented in the list will be a straight, monogamous man.



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