It’s time to derail the Pride train

Sep 9, 2020 by

by Andrew Doyle, spiked:

The LGBT community is now the LGBTQQIP2SAA movement. It’s getting ridiculous.

Six or seven years ago I wrote a stand-up comedy routine about the ever-expanding initialism that went from LGB to LGBT to LGBTQI, and so on. The routine centred on the concept of what might happen should the string of letters continue to grow until the entire alphabet was featured. By the end of 2016 the joke had dated, not because identity politics was no longer topical – far from it – but because the ‘community’ in question had already taken the joke further than I had envisaged, even to the point of duplicating letters and adding numbers for good measure.

Some activists favoured LGBTQIA+. Others felt that this was insufficiently inclusive for those who identified as ‘two-spirit’ and so preferred LGBT2Q+. Then there was LGBTQ2SIA, which was not to be confused with LGBTQQIP2SAA. The People’s Front of Judea squabbling with the Judean People’s Front springs to mind.

The rainbow flag for Pride has been through a similarly bewildering metamorphosis. It was designed in the late 1970s to supersede the pink triangle, which had been appropriated from Nazi concentration camps as a gesture of empowerment and defiance. The new rainbow symbol was a conscious attempt to distance itself from such dark connotations and express a more joyful and optimistic outlook.

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