I am married to a woman of color. How cool is that!
I asked my wife the other night if she was a woman of color (she is Asian of Japanese descent). She did not know, but she never identified herself as a women of color. Therefore, I went to Google, my ultimate source of all knowledge. Their references said a woman of color means any woman not white, and that’s her, although many Asian women scrupulously avoid the sun and are whiter than many tanned Caucasian women. At Longwood Gardens, I see many Asian women of all ages protecting themselves from the sun with a parasol.
I also checked the meaning of all the letters in LGBTQ (each letter is pronounced separately). Q was recently added. L is lesbian, G is gay, B is bisexual, T is transgender, and Q is queer.
I think Q is the catchall in case any of the other letters do not fit, but I cannot imagine what that could be. A necrophiliac perhaps?
LGBTQ is applied to anyone not traditionally straight, otherwise I would feel left out and would demand S be added, but perhaps there are not enough of us.
Several Google references pointed out that starting LGBTQ with lesbians suggests a feminist bias, but I am not going there. Life is already too complicated.
Sometimes a plus sign is added to the end, but that goes too far. I think one of the Google references has it right when they said, These various terms are always evolving so don’t try to memorize the list. The most important thing is to be respectful and use the terms that people prefer.
I’ll go along with that. You can call me anything. Just don’t call me late for diner . . . yuck, yuck.
(I once knew a black guy everyone called “Rope” for his physical characteristics. He liked the nickname, but I wouldn’t expect it to be acceptable today.)