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Let's start with some caveating: Yes. I know that there are plenty of cis LGBQ people who are trans allies. I know that trans people can be LGBQ themselves- and that they can also be straight. That's not what this is about.
This is about organizations as a whole (which, of course, don't always represent individuals as well as we might like), as well as the individuals who are
responsible for transphobic hate crimes within the LGBtQ community. I've heard a cis lesbian brag about ganging up with her friends and beating up a trans man who was at an LGBtQ nightclub. I know of a trans woman who was beaten up for being trans at a trans event while the bouncers watched on
And that's not the worst of it. Often, LGBtQ organizations will sweep trans issues under a rug, erase trans identities
, or (when they do try to include our issues) will drop them too easily.
As much as we all appreciate the cLGBQ allies we have, every single time that happens, especially in a space or by a group who proudly proclaims to represent the LGBT
Q, the T looks and feels like a giant "Fuck You".
It's also appropriate that the lowercase 't' is used in the flipping off smiley [t(o_o t)] and is used to indicate that the group isn't really an LGBT
Q group, and just throws it in either out of habit or to show that they expect us to support them no matter how much they actually support us in return.