The way that the LGBTQetcetc community divides itself into disparate groups, and then fight amongst ourselves, is kind of distressing.
While it IS true that we shouldn't let our similarities overshadow our differences (just because we fall under the simgular "LGBT" label doesn't mean that each group doesn't have serious and unique challenges that can only be overcome when outsiders earnestly listen and learn), it's ALSO true that we shouldn't let our differences overshadow our similarities (united we stand, divided we fall).
Note: This folder contains many examples of different groups pointing out the differences between them and other LGBT groups. Including these voices here is NOT an attempt to silence them in any way, or to suggest that the issues brought up are anything less than completely legitimate, or that the group is doing anything to overstate the importance of these differences.
Rather, my purpose here is to:
It is a natural tendency for outsiders to view a particular group as relatively homogenous. Because of this effect, internal divisions are less visible to outsiders or to neophytes.
The purpose is to say that — while these divisions are numerous, legitimate, and important, and that they NEED attention if the issues are going to ever be solved — that we also need to remember that we have commonalities that make cooperation attractive and necessary.
We need to make time for 1) activism for our unique issues, and 2) activism for our shared isssues. One should not overshadow the other.