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This ‘cute and pronounceable’ attempt at an LGBT+ alternative seriously backfired after it dropped ‘gay’ and added ‘ally’

Patrick Kelleher August 6, 2020
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A Twitter user decided to rewrite the LGBT+ acronym, and it’s fair to say that it did not go down well.

Unicorn March unveiled their new acronym yesterday (August 5) and explained that they wanted a “pronounceable” version,Β coming up with QTIPAL+.

Pronounced cutie pal, the first three letters stand stands for queer or questioning, transgender and intersex.

The P represents polyamorous/bisexual/pansexual, the A ace/aro/agender/ally, and the L lesbian/gay. The plus stands for “all others who need it”.

LGBT+ people roundly criticised the QTIPAL+ acronym on Twitter, questioning why ‘polyamorous’ and ‘ally’ made the cut while ‘gay’ and ‘bisexual’ didn’t.

The new acronym was quickly pilloried by queer people, with many pointing out glaring flaws and omissions.

“I just feel like ‘rearranging the acronym because I want something cute and fluffy to say’ is maybe not be a great reason to do this,” one wrote.

“We got people dying and behind denied rights and you… want a pleasant sounding acronym.”

Numerous people questioned why “polyamorous” was part of the acronym when many cisgender and heterosexual people are polyamorous, while others pointed out that allies are not part of the LGBT+ community.

Many pointed out that grouping bisexual and pansexual people with polyamory perpetuates harmful stereotypes about people who are attracted to more than one gender.

Others pointed out that bisexuality and pansexuality are not the same – and lumping them into the same category only serves to erase both.

Then, there were those who simply reacted in horror.

 

LGBT+ people hit out at ‘infantilising’ new acronym.

Twitter user Unicorn March was lambasted by countless LGBT+ people who firmly disavowed the new “cutie-pal” acronym.

“Hey I usually love what you have to say but I think that unilaterally reorganising the anagram and making changes like lumping bi/pan/polyam together is not the rad one you think it is,” one person replied.

Another wrote: “Infantilising, in my opinion. Would not want someone to call me this and I’m sure a lot of people can agree. I’m a gay person not a cutie.”

Meanwhile, somebody else wrote: “I’m not some mystical unicorn I’m just a normal person that happens to be queer. Also not fond of lumping bi/pan/poly and aro/ace/agender together when they’re all completely different identities.”

Somebody else summed up the general thoughts of the internet succinctly.

“It’s LGBTQ and it will stay that way please stop trying to incorporate allies into the community because they aren’t. Allies are straight.”

So, it looks like LGBT+ won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

More: LGBT, QTIPAL+

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