The great LG>bt robbery
To call your organization LGBT and then spend 99% of your efforts on the LG is a robbery.
You rob me of my time and energy when you keep inviting me to fun ‘LGBT’ events and movie nights and then have nothing there about people like me. You rob me an audience when you create all-cis LG pannels on ‘LGBT issues’. You rob me of a voice when you hog the spotlight.
Let’s mention it for once
You also rob me of MONEY
Be it donations of government subsidies, when funds are given for LGBT efforts and you spend them on LG efforts you rob me of the change to use those same funds to fight for people like me. Governments and donors like to deal with large broad organizations so it makes sence that they choose the large LGBT organizations that used to call themselves Gay and Lesbian organizations and not the local bi-trans alliance.
Gay and lesbian organizations know this. Why do you think they all changed their name to ‘LGBT’ when they clearly have no interest in actually doing anything for us? They saw rising bi and trans organizations and they knew those organizations could go after the same money they were getting. That’s why they chose to represent all of us, but in name only.
And it is damn hard to find funding for trans efforts now because every fund available gets spend on the big established LG(bt) organizations. “Why fund a seperate trans effort? We gave to an LGBT cause so we’ve done our bit!”
So please, call yourself a Lesbian and Gay organization if that’s what you are. Change your name again. Admit your exclusion. Because right now you are not ‘slowly improving’, you are making it harder for bisexuals and transgender people to find or create organizations that actually support them. This isn’t baby steps forward, this is a robbery.
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