Bi & Pan solidarity ❤️
This tweet angered a lot of biphobes, panphobes, terfs, and general transphobes…must be doing something right
[Image: Tweet by Bi-Trans Alliance ( @BiTransAlliance ); transcript follows.]
If someone tells you they’re #bisexual, they’re bisexual.
If someone tells you they’re #pansexual, they’re pansexual.
If someone says they’re both bi and pan, they’re both bi and pan.
What label(s) a person uses, if any, is up to them, and should be respected.
Unsurprisingly getting angry “you can’t be bi AND pan” messages and demands that those who ID as both go on public internet trial to defend calling themselves that, and angry “bi means men and women only” messages.
Label policing never ends.
@ everybody in the notes thinking they are asking reasonable questions: google is free
I am afraid to use the combination of labels I prefer because people either think it’s impossible, that it implies things it doesn’t actually imply about the world, or that it indicates a specific ideology I definitely don’t hold in a million years. Or sometimes all three. Meanwhile the way labels are changing to become stricter about certain things shuts me out of places that would’ve welcomed me before.
(Just as an example: What used to be a lesbian group around here is now called something like a group for people with a female gender identity attracted to other people with a female gender identity. That first off implies declaring your gender identity by entering thus either outing or closeting or shutting you out depending on what goes on, and second off is much narrower in scope than what lesbian usually means.)
All within queer communities. Which – people … need belonging in these communities, not ever-narrower definitions. When people stop discriminating against us based on whether we fit these narrow definitions of things then maybe someone will have a point. No, not even then. But seriously, until then, can everyone trying to say everyone else’s identity has some bearing on your own to the point you want to shut them out, please just stop!?
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