Hmm, why is there a Q in LGBTQ? I know what I think is the right answer, but instead of offering that to StevenHales, I tossed the question into my update stream. Several of my followers responded.
megekder: to include people within the queer community who do not fall in to a LGBT category
sarahconner: LGBTQ is kind of redundant, but it covers all the bases. I have wondered myself.
atmospeer: Q is for Quilt? I have no idea
phdaisy: doesn’t it stand for questioning?
pieholepizza: The acronym has been actually expanded to LGBTQQIA… uugh. “Lesbian/Gay/Bi/Transgendered/Queer/Questioning/Intersexed/Ally”
nrdavis: to show that the community is welcoming of those questioning their sexuality
Piecemaker: Sometimes it’s used for “questioning” but mostly for “queer” those who don’t like or don’t fit the LGB or T. Seen LGBTQQI?
After seeing pieholepizza‘s response mentioning the new abbreviation LGBTQQIA, I responded with “I’m sorry, but I will NOT start using LGBTQQIA – that’s way too PC for me.” Doubeshiny said “That will never fit on a badge” and vautrin said “That one is impossibe for dyslexics!” DarkMusings added her opinion to the mix stating, “I understand folks want to be politically correct but LGBTQQIA is pushing it.”
Is the term LGBTQQIA too politically correct for the gay community? An even better question: is it ok for me to use the word “gay” to discuss the LGBTQ community as a whole? Is it possible that a community or an individual can be “too PC?”