‘Not Queer Enough’

Have you ever been called “Not queer enough” before? I haven’t for one reason: I’m Transgender and Pansexual. There’s a current very sad and disturbing trope about certain members of the LGBTQIA+ community not actually being in the community because they “aren’t queer enough.” This “not queer enough” category (for lack of a better word) includes, depending on who you talk to, Cisgender Bi or Pansexual people, Cisgender Heteroromantic Asexual people, Cisgender Aromantic Heterosexual people, Transgender Heteroromantic Heterosexual people, AFAB Demigirls/AMAD Demiboys, Nonbinary people, and many more but it also includes Cisgender, white, gay men. Now I call this one out in specific because of something I’ve been noticing that’s apart from the “Not queer enough” trend, this is when someone who disagrees with the idea of “Not queer enough” says that Cis, white, gay men aren’t part of the LGBTQIA+ community because they are Cisgender, they are white, and they are men. And that’s not true. The acceptance that the LGBTQIA+ community has today was built on the backs of Cis, white, gay men and women, who are we to say that now they aren’t part of the community anymore? The LGBTQIA+ community should not be one to say who is in the community and who isn’t. We should be accepting people for who they are, wether that’s Transgender, gay, lesbian, Bisexual, Pansexual, Asexual, or Cisgender and Heterosexual. Everyone is valid.

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