February 3rd, 2005

concerned (by tempe)

LGB(T?)

Hi everyone,

(apologies for cross-posting)

I'm currently working on a PhD examining transpeople's intimate partnerships and because of this I have been asked to speak at UCC (University College, Cork in Ireland) LGB about why they should add the 'T' to their group. There has been a fair amount of opposition to this move it seems, with people saying that if transpeople identify as lesbian, gay or bi then they are welcome under the LGB banner anyway and there is no need to add them to the group's name. I'm aware that there are issues around LGB groups being started to support people in terms of their sexualities and trans being about gender, but also that transpeople really need support, particularly somewhere like Ireland where there isn't much knowledge and acceptance. Transpeople and non-straight people have similar issues around coming out and I just feel that transpeople really need somewhere to go where they can feel supported and accepted.

I want to make sure that I include as many useful points as possible re. inclusion of transpeople in LGB(T) societies so I was wondering if anyone here could tell me what they think about the issue of adding the 'T' to LGB. Have you had similar debates and come across any useful arguments? Has your university/other LGB group had to deal with disagreements around this?

My partner is trans and spoke at the LGB standing conference in Cork a few years ago, managing to convince them to add the 'T' to the national group. I just hope I can do the same in Cork! I'll need comments by 16th Feb as I head to Cork on 17th.

Also, if anyone will be in Cork on 18th Feb come along to the meeting! I think it'll be starting around 2.30.
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