I’d like to talk to some LGBT LWers.

When _ozy­man­dias posted zir in­tro­duc­tion post a few days ago, I went off and binged on blogs from the trans/​men’s rights/​fem­i­nist spec­trum. I found them ab­solutely fas­ci­nat­ing. I’ve always had lots of sym­pa­thy for trans­gen­dered peo­ple in par­tic­u­lar, and care a lot about all those is­sues. I don’t know what I think of mak­ing up new pro­nouns, and I get a bit offput by try­ing to re­mem­ber the non-offen­sive terms for ev­ery­thing. For ex­am­ple, I’m sure that LGBT as a term offends peo­ple, and I agree that lump­ing the T with the LGB is a bit du­bi­ous, but I don’t know any other equiv­a­lent term that ev­ery­one will un­der­stand. I’m go­ing to keep us­ing it.

How­ever, I don’t cur­rently know any LGBT peo­ple who I can talk to about these things. In par­tic­u­lar, the whole LGBT and fem­i­nist and so on com­mu­nity seems to be prone to tak­ing un­nec­es­sary offense, and be­liev­ing in sub­jec­tivism and silly things like that.

So I’d re­ally like to talk with some LWers who have ex­pe­rience with these things. I’ve got ques­tions that I think would be bet­ter an­swered by an IM con­ver­sa­tion than by just read­ing blogs.

If any­one wants to have an IM con­ver­sa­tion about this, please mes­sage me. I’d be very grate­ful.

EDIT: Wow, that’s an amaz­ing re­sponse. Thank you all for your kind offers. I’ll talk to as many of you as I can get around to.