Take the 'B' out of 'LGBT'
Editor of the Reformer:
The issue of inclusion has long been a concern of lesbian and gays. Following the gay riots in 1969 it was gay pride that was the focus of the movement. The Gay Liberation Front was the militant group of activist who helped to establish gay rights. In those days many gay people did not believe in bisexuals and oftentimes, like straight people, they denied there was such a thing. Gay pride was born of and live in a dichotomous, black and white world where gays and straight are the axis of powers.
The struggle for gay rights extended through the 70s and 80s. Subsequently, it was gay people who took it upon themselves to add bisexuals to the initials to create LGBT, in good part because it helped to buff up their numbers. The success of social movements regularly depend on how many thousands or millions they can put into the streets or add to their mailing lists to demonstrate widespread support.
However, arbitrarily including bisexuals in with homosexual people stripped bisexuals of their unique identity of being the most inclusive of human sexuality groups. We lost an opportunity to drop the battle lines between sexual orientation that could have provided a primary soft cushion of peace for humanity.
It was a lost chance to help unite human behavior that would have taken sexuality beyond the delimited, intensely divisive nature that was and is the "straights and the "gays." Can you imagine straight people claiming bisexuals for themselves? Why should gay people assume that bisexuals ought to be on their side of the fence?
The beauty of bisexual people is that they can stand alone. They don't need to be a part of any other group. Same-gender and opposite-gender attractions are beautiful as long as they are not conflated and codified, and, as long as they are not shoved into a box canyon of inclusion where they do not belong. If, however, homo-sapiens are ever in need of a sexual norm there is no question that bisexuality is perfectly suited to the task.
And, whether one thinks of themselves as bisexual, pansexual, demisexual, polysexual, ominsexual, polyamorous or "labelless" attractive — the fluidity of all sexual orientation is the best future for the freedom of human sexuality and the peace of humankind.
Vidda Crochetta, Brattleboro, May 19