In which the Negress issues a sexual spectrum manifesto of sortsMarch 4, 2013
Apparently, there’s a group of people in London who have decided the LGBT acronym needs to be replaced with – wait for it — GSD, which stands for Gender and Sexual Diversity. The story is on the Huffington Post website if you want to take a look (the Negress will link to Huffington Post the day they start paying writers for the contributions. Look for pigs being airborne and windchill factors being announced for hell when that happens) Frankly, as marriage equality approaches here in Illinois and, with any luck, nationally and internationally, it is time for a change in the discussion but not a change in the initial misgivings the Negress has about the very notion that there is an actual LGBT community. The Negress does want the DSM to get up to speed since healthcare for the tribe is often meted out based on this book. She’s very happy that “gender dysphoria” is included, but she hopes that this entry will lead to positive help for those who want to transition as opposed to more pathologization of sexual behavior . She doesn’t care about the initials slapped on this fragile coalition. Notice the Negress didn’t say community.” That word implies equal respect for all concerns of all who are part of it. Bisexual and trans folks have very little role in the “LGBT community” except to ride at the back of the train. Back there, we swallow our anger as our concerns and rights are “managed” for us by gay men and lesbians for the most part. Bi and trans issues are becoming more visible but that’s taken a very long time within organizations that focus mostly on gay and lesbian concerns.
One person in a discussion group the Negress wanders by occasionally offered that GSD would alleviate “confusion among straight people.” Boy, the Negress wants to found that nonprofit right away and see who signs up. Talk about a cricket symphony. Also, for anyone who cannot wrap their minds around any of this, here’s the Negress’ manifesto of what matters. There’s gender identity (not binary but if you’re born in the wrong container it sucks and can make you do all sorts of stupid things until you figure it out), sexual orientation (also more fluid than most people think, but being “oriented towards minors” makes you a criminal as well as a fool) and sexual expression (equipment, number of consenting adults involved, need for chains, whips, stuffed animals, balloons etc.) How you combine the triad of gender, orientation and expression with other consenting adults is not really anyone’s concern, but please keep kids and animals out of it and try to only wear chaps with no underwear if your butt has some alluring qualities. Oh yeah, and don’t take my job, home, family (biological or chosen) or healthcare away from me because of any of it.
As the Negress climbs down off the soapbox with her creaky titanium knees, she wants to link another member of her Baseball and Bi tribe (Wonder Woman, not her real name, is the president for now). Daron’s Guitar Chronicles, is some of the writing by Cecilia Tan, whom the Negress likes in spite of her affinity for the Yankees. Hey, as Joe E. Brown said at the end of “Some Like It Hot,” Nobody’s perfect.” However, the Blackhawks have come damn close of late.
P.S. In case you were wondering, wine resumes after Easter.