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@Jim G. I suspect the media made up the alphabet thing and that someone added the letter Q because they knew some of us do not identify completely with the other letters. Some of us initially disliked appropriation of the word "gay" (happy). I find myself increasingly quoting Emory, the most effeminate character in Mart Crowley's Boys in the Band who got some of the funniest lines. At one point, Emory says, "Show me a happy homosexual and I'll show you a corpse," which in the 60s was a fairly accurate statement. Originally, queer meant nothing more than "different." That's why I like it. Yes, it is an epithet in the mouths of homophobes, but that doesn't bother me. Look at the way African-Americans re-appropriated "nigger" in the 1960s and later. If I were African-American, I think I would like the N word, too. But I think I see the point made by those who want the word banned. I just do not like the obsessive attempts to be politically correct. Not sure what you mean by "the whole community thing."
Don't say "LGBT" when you "LGBT." It ought to be LGBTQ. Some of us don't like alphabet soup to begin with, and the four letter version is too confining.
Hey, BJ. Welcome, and hello to you as well. Glad you could join us.
Hi BJ. I provided a welcome on your comments, but also welcome here. How's life in TN?
@Silent Biped, i think that teenagers who are already feeling suicidal are the ones that try to get help, you know, to cure themselves, i never heard of a completely mentally and emotionally sound person going to get therapy, maybe some do but significantly lower than not, but, it could also be caused im assuming by the realisation that the treatment or "medication" isn't working and also a fear of disappointing the people who put them there in the first place, no doubt they are feeling a lot of social pressure and internal pressure, i think minorities tend to feel a higher social pressure, i think so because majorities make stereotypes about them and look down on them, they might feel a little more pressured, yeah...well, as always religion probably serves to make them feel worthless and sinful without God, it puts the burden on them to just "fix" things which aren't even broken, it gives you the burden of getting better and places God in the victims seat, he's the one that needs the attention and the care at your expense, ironic, anyways, this is just what i assume, also, being black and latinos were kind of shoved into the lower class by whites, though a number of them have made it out, the poverty cycle is a hard one to break, while once slaves to white masters they're now slaves to the religion that was forced upon them so violently in the past
when you call a transgender person by the wrong pronouns and they say it's okay, it's probably not okay, also, if they tell you what name they want to be called and then tell you their birth name, don't ask what they want to be called, just assume it's the name they asked you to call them in the first place
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