In thinking about the difference between LGB and LGBTQIA+++, I started thinking about the difference in their respective missions. As I've written before in other contexts, there was a Gay Agenda, established back in the 1990s. There was a pretty clear list of goals. We wanted to overturn sodomy laws. We wanted gays and lesbians to be able to serve openly in the military. We wanted same-sex marriage. We wanted more funding to research to fight HIV.
We accomplished all these goals.
There remain issues of discrimination in employment and housing in some places and some restrictions on adoption.
Speaking for me, personally, it seemed like we could move to a situation of live and let live. I accept that there will always be conservatives who don't approve of me in some way, but as long as they are not trampling my rights, I can live with that.
But then, we had the pivot to TQIA+++, which is still evolving. They have some goals, but it's also the case that the identity categories like non-binary are still controversial. And as long as identity categories are ever-expanding, the goals are going to be multiplying as well. So there appears to be no endpoint to their campaign other than an endless culture war to overturn anything they decide this week that they don't like. And they will never accept that there is anyone who doesn't approve of them.
It's also the case