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Opening Arguments


Another incisive story from a Great American college newspaper:

The University's Office of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Affairs plans to pick a new name by the end of the semester in an effort to be more inclusive.

Gabe Javier, an LGBT affairs assistant, said the current name doesn't represent allies - members who suport the group regardless of whether they fit into any of the categories mentioned in the title.

"Part of it is that the letters are more exclusive than inclusive," Javier said. "There are lots of people who are part of the LGBT community that may not identify as a lesbian, bisexual or gay person."

Another problem with the current title is the ambiguity of the word "transgender," he said.

The term is typically used to encompass people with a gender identity different from the male or female classification that society would conventionally designate to them. But many people tend to confuse it with the word "transsexual," a term for a person who wants to assume the physical characteristics and gender roles of a different sex.

I really do try to keep up. But stories like this make me realize that the world may be passing me by. As a lifelong poker player, I do have a suggestion, though, a name that is guaranteed to be all-inclusive and use as many of the letters of the alphabet as possible: EWDNWTPTHHSOIWD -- Everybody Who Does Not Want To Play The Hand He She Or It Was Dealt. Just watch out for the hole card.


Marti Abernathey
Tue, 09/18/2007 - 9:47am

What a jackass you are! How about PWWTLTLATSF?
People Who Want To Live Their Lives As They See Fit. I know that's foreign to y'all in Fort Wayne. Can't have people that are different than you, heavens no! Must have a name for people I want to discriminate!

You provide another fine reason to be an Indy snob.

Marti Abernathey
proud Indianapolis resident, health care provider, and parent.

Karla Frownfelter
Tue, 09/18/2007 - 12:47pm

Dear pIr,hcp,ap:
Please, there should be room for all of us and that would include my new group of pofwmmbdafsbhptfowiiqy (people over forty who may/might be discriminated against for something but haven't put their finger on what it is quite yet). I might add that I want supporters of my cause to feel they can be part of my group even if they're not over forty.