Hi I have trouble commenting in bi_people
too. I like the site but the lettering is so small I can barely see it or sometimes get their "comment"
area to work either. Oh well, such is life.
Anyway, on your actual point.
Yes I also think it is a shame that many LGBT groups leave out the "B"
in their names. I think it is especially ridiculous given that one of their earliest activists, the person who actually started the so called "Gay Pride"
marches/parades, rally's, week, month, etc. was a bisexual woman named Brenda Howard
. See yesthattom
's fine article about it HERE
And yet Brenda Howard, a founding mother of the entire modern LGBT rights movement, then had to contend for years with the "next generation"
of activists who steadfastly fought to keep not only Bisexuals & Transpeople from being acknowledged in "Queer"
organizations, but Lesbians too!
But given all that, in some ways I can see how an organizations like PFLAG that was founded in 1972 or GMHC ["Gay Men's Health Crisis" a major NYC Aids organization founded in 1981 that now assists not only LGBT people, but straight people, children, families, etc.]
might keep their name. It gives us a sense of our history. For example, as far as I know the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) founded in 1909, is not planning any names changes, even thought the term "Coloured People"
is not only archaic but would be considered offensive these days.
This would of course be different for an organization founded in 2005. Then I would agree with you that the name should be more inclusive of the entire community.
I think the more important thing is that when you go to their website, for instance PFLAG's Vision, Mission and Strategic Goals
or read their literature you find that they continually emphasize that their mission is for gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender persons and their families and friends.
Also the particular chapter, PFLAG Queens
in New York City is actually the first major [or minor even]
LGBT organization to name a yearly award after a Out Bisexual Activist AS an Out Bisexual [as opposed to a primarily Lesbian, Gay or Straight identified]
Person. This year they instituted the PFLAG's 1st Annual Brenda Howard Memorial Award
So while not invalidating your point or your general annoyance in feeling generally marginalized by our fellow LGBT compatriots, in this case I think that these people are actually some of the good guys who are genuinely trying.