First of all, Mr. … Ms. … um … “Van” doesn’t want to be referred to with a “gendered pronoun.” Not for nothing, but as wonderful as the English language is, we’re still working with a finite number of words here. Once you remove “he” and “she” from the mix, we’re pretty much left with “it.” And I’m fairly sure somebody is going to be offended by that. You’re sort of throwing a wet blanket on your future news coverage potential, pal.
Second, what’s up with this acronym BGLTQ? I’m leaving the full definition in the quoted text above because it certainly seems to come from a source which should know, but weren’t we supposed to not be using the “Q word” when referring to gay people? I thought that was pretty much verboten, at least for those not playing on that team. But now it’s part of the official public lexicon?
No, “Queer” is only OK when THEY use it. Its the same as naturally inoffensive terms like “Mentally Retarded”, “Cripple”, or “Midget”. The most shining example is the NAACP. The “CP” stands for “Colored People”, because when the group was founded “Colored” was the preferred Politically Correct term for those with dark skin. At that time “Black” was a crass and offensive term…now the goal posts have been flipped 180 degrees, and calling somebody from Kenya “Colored” will mark you as some peckerwood racist bumpkin, and “Black” is considered proper…unless the person doesn’t like that term and prefers something else.
You see even if you aren’t, you’re already a racist because that’s more convenient, as they hate you for who you are anyway!
This is why I always put quotes around “Progressive”, really progress is the opposite of any of this bullshit.