While celebrating their recent discovery of the letter ‘Q for Queer’ LGBTQ activists are also preparing for their next intensive search of the alphabet for more letters.
Potential candidates for the next letter in the sequence include O for Otherkin, C for Cross dressers, A for Adult Babies, P for paedophiles, and X for Xenomorphs.
“We’re very excited about adding more letters,” says gay rights organiser Brian Edwards, “I remember when we were just ‘LGB.’ But then we added ‘T’ and now we’ve got ‘Q’ and I think we’ll have ‘F’ ‘Frotteurists’ real soon and probably ‘I’ for ‘Intersex’ too.”
There is, however, some debate within the LGBTQ community about the order in which new letters are added. With many suggesting the new letters simply be added to the end of the sequence. But Brian Edwards explains, “that was never how we did it. It’s always been based on the rhythm of the thing. That’s why it starts with ‘L.’ It’s easier to say ‘LGBTQ’ than ‘GLBTQ.’ It flows better.”
Lesbian Dedre Ah’den adds, “you have to avoid confusion too… ‘BLT’ would make people think of a sandwich. ‘BFG’ is the Big Friendly Giant. So whenever we find and add new letters there’s always the chance we’ll have to alter the whole sequence. It takes more thought than you think.”
Psychologist Alan Potts says that the search should be relatively easy for the time being, “there are certainly more than 26 forms of sexual deviancy and I’m sure with a little imagination the next twenty or so can be assigned letters,” he continues, however, to say that once the roman alphabet has been exhausted problems will arise with possible legal consequences.
“The LGBTQ activists have built their activism on the bedrock of inclusiveness. So they’re obliged to include every deviancy. Of which there are more than 26,” says Dr Potts.
“As soon as you’re excluding groups you open yourself up to accusations of discrimination. The only option may be to add the characters of another alphabet. The Tamil alphabet has 247 letter I believe.”
“It might be logical to assign each deviancy a number rather than a letter,” adds Dr Potts. “You can’t exhaust numbers no matter how many new sexual deviancies you invent.”