Someone with too much time on their hands created a Change.org petition in hopes of getting the “T” dropped from LGBTQ.
We are a group of gay/bisexual men and women who have come to the conclusion that the transgender community needs to be disassociated from the larger LGB community; in essence, we ask that organizations… stop representing the transgender community as we feel their ideology is not only completely different from that promoted by the LGB community (LGB is about sexual orientation, trans is about gender identity), but is ultimately regressive and actually hostile to the goals of women and gay men.
Trans activists are authoritarian bullies. They have no place in the gay community. Time to get them out.
— Milo Yiannopoulos (@Nero) November 5, 2015
GLAAD responded to the petition and stated:
GLAAD stands firmly with the transgender community and unequivocally rejects the outrageous and destructive idea that the ‘T’ be removed from LGBT. For decades, transgender people have worked alongside lesbian, gay, and bisexual people to advance equality for everyone, often leading the way in the movement for full equality and acceptance. Many trans people are also lesbian, gay, and bisexual — they are an inextricable and invaluable part of the LGB community. At a time when anti-LGBT activists continue to attack the basic rights and protections essential to all of our lives, we must stand together, rather than succumb to the ruin of divisiveness.
So far the petition has a little over 1,600 signatures, but like most petitions on Change.org, it’ll just prove to be a futile effort and waste of time.