One thing I would ask of anyone using the initialism “LGBT” or “LGBTQ” is to always–without fail–define it in its first usage to mean:

Lesbian
Gay
Bisexual
Transgender
Queer

We don’t want to whitewash over what these letters stand for. I feel many may still not know or want to have the words “lesbian,” “gay,” “bisexual,” and “transgender” or “queer” so explicitly stated, but it is important that they are said. Clearly,  it is much easier for people, particularly mainstream media, to say “LGBT”or “LGBTQ” instead of gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer, but we  need to hear those words! We are done being worried about straight and mainstream media’s comfort with who we are. Capice?

– Andy

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