Where are the supports for the B and T parents of LGBT? Many folks do not even know what those last two letters stand for. Within the LGBT the community the last two letters are all but exempt from inclusion. The B and T stand for Bisexual and Transgender, the two are difficult to place for a number of reasons. Transpeople are often equated to entertainment i.e.; Drag Queens, but this is an incorrect placement. Bisexuals are often seen as opportunistic, again this is an unfair description.
A transgendered parent can also be straight and may even have the right to marry (depending on how far into transition a person has gone). Bisexuals are marginalized because they do not fit into either of the most common categories of straight and gay. They also unknowingly reinforce the belief that sexuality is a choice. Given that the main theme of justification for being gay has long been, “I was born this way”, bisexuality not only threatens the cause, but gives ammunition to the opposing forces. Neither identity is unacceptable; they are in fact, an important part of the movement. In the book “Backdrop”, by Gayle E Pitman, Ph.D, clinical psychologist and professor of Psychology at Sacramento City College, Pitman remarks on the Trans* involvement in the Stonewall Riots, “Transpeople were certainly more than entertainment in June of 1969, that’s for sure.”
The most present application of the marginalization of Bisexual and Transgender parents is in the names of the organizations, which are meant to protect those same groups. Sacramento Gay and Lesbian Center, is one of the organizations of the Sacramento area that has lots of momentum and whose name seems a little exclusive. PFLAG, another local LGBT organization stands for Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays, again the title seems to leave a few folks out, while the organization claims to support them.
The Gender Health Center of Sacramento follows the same line in the opposite direction. The title immediately gives the assumption that this place is meant for people who have challenges regarding their gender and perhaps has nothing to do with sexuality.
LGBT parents deserve an organization of their own. The challenges that come along with, being LGBT, parenting LGBT or both, deserve attention. This is one niche in Sacramento that has yet to be filled and something the area is sorely in need of.
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