Sunday, July 17, 2011

QT-BAGL Is Back and Better Than Ever!

Remember QT-BAGL, my solution to the LGBTQ(A) community's hard-to-pronounce acronym?

I first proposed it in 2009, upon hearing that asexual people wanted to be added to the LGBTQ term. But even though I've been promoting QT-BAGL (pronounced "cutie bagel") for almost two years now, it's been slow to catch on.

Well, I just heard about something that may help. There's a story in the Chronicle about another group that's petitioning to join LGBT, etc.: "ecosexuals."

From the article:
Elizabeth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle are a legally married same-sex couple, having tied the knot in Canada in 2007. But they don't consider lesbianism their primary sexual identity.

First and foremost, they are ecosexuals. Taking tree-hugging to a whole new level, Stephens and Sprinkle have married the moon, the sky, the ocean, the Appalachian Mountains and the snow in a series of color-coordinated, nudist-friendly weddings that have attracted hundreds of people.
Putting aside the fact that these two are clearly funded by a secret conservative cabal (who else would want to see Middle America's deepest fears about same-sex marriage come true?), this means we can now add an "e" to QT-BAGL.

Ladies and gentlemen (and trees), introducing: QT-BAGEL!

What an improvement! (I even gave him/her a new hat to celebrate the occasion.)

Please, can this become a thing now?

UPDATE: Unfortunately, it seems I'm not the only one with a solution to the acronym problem. I discovered on Wikipedia that people are proposing all sorts of LGBT variants.

From Wikipedia's LGBT entry:
The magazine Anything That Moves coined the acronym FABGLITTER (from Fetish such as the BDSM lifestyle community, Allies or poly-Amorous as in Polyamorous couples became more used, Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Intersexed, Transgender, Transsexual Engendering Revolution or inter-Racial attraction), although this term has not made its way into common usage.
Another acronym that has begun to spread is QUILTBAG, from Queer/Questioning, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Trans, Bisexual, Asexual, Gay.
Clearly they have done some thinking on this topic. And as a straight blogger with kids who lives in the suburbs, I may not be regarded as an authority on this topic.

But do any of their terms have cute mascots?