Ready, set, go! Let the colors fly! But which ones?
Is turmoil over the TIME cover the Gay community getting their panties in a twist? People asking for clarity and exact reporting on the issue? Or is this yet another rendition of individuals desiring for the T to be removed from LGBT?
My first instinct is that the cover is fine. We as a rainbow community have many different shades and letters, may they be LGBT, or LGBTQQII or whatever rendition of the alphabet soup you are comfortable with. The rainbow flag is all of us we are a family. May we all be misfits in the eyes of the normals, we are here and we are together.
If this is a Transgender issue, yes, TIME should have utilized the trans colors. But does the public at large know there is a transgender flag? What better way to inform them than on the cover of a kinda well known and well circulated magazine? In advertising and for visual punch, the Transgender flag is not as recognized as the Rainbow.
With the amount of people complaining and trying to make this a Transgender issue instead of an LGBT one, are we going to have to examine if the T should remain? If you think about sex, LGB as a practice have sex with the same gender and the T are looking to or have changed their gender but as a rule do not prefer sex with the same gender they identify with. So why are the T's in with the LGB if they are not sexual misfits int he eyes of the norm, but gender misfits instead? Yes, I took some liberties there, but it's been said.
Then again, are we seeing backlash against the gay community for all the advancements we have made? Instead of bashing us, conservatives are going after the smaller link in our chain?
And then there were others that were upset that toilet paper was used to represent the Rainbow flag. I personally thought it was okay and pretty creative.
What are your thoughts?
Did TIME mess up?
Is the Rainbow flag acceptable for the cover?
Do we dare even talk about LGB instead of LGBT?