"I understand how complicated and diverse LGBTQ terminology can be. This is no excuse, however, for the Journal-World to use the word transvestite. Transgender is an umbrella term for anyone who does not identify with the gender that was assigned to them at birth. This includes many identities: transsexual (where someone actually takes steps to change their gender), genderqueer (someone who does not identify as a man or a woman), and crossdresser (people who regularly or occasionally wear the clothing socially assigned to a gender not their own, but are not usually interested in changing their gender)."
Let's see what the talkbackers think.
Funkdog1 says: "Look, I'm about as liberal as they come. I have lesbian friends, gay friends and transgender friends. But "genderqueer"? That's just some ridiculous hipster term. How about "pangender"? Get off my lawn, you darn kids."
Smitty says: "It goes way beyond this PC scolding. Software now removes words no matter the context. Dyke Hall has a real problem passing the PC software test."
We're pretty sure it's spelled "Dyche Hall," Smitty!
And Weiser says, out of nowhere: "My dog is convinced she is a person."
Chip: "I have a terrible fear of calling a "genderqueer" a "transsexual," or vice versa, so I usually just cross the street and pretend I don't notice them."
Last year's Zombie Walk was a terrible disappointment, having been taken over almost completely by boring, obnoxious high-school kids who barely put any effort into looking disgusting. We urge you scenesters to reclaim the event this Thursday or, even better, to do something hipper. How about a Werewolf Walk starting at the opposite end of Mass. Street and meeting the Zombie Walk halfway for an old-fashioned monster street brawl?