Don pointed me to this Slog post that found this item on the University of Michigan webpage.
The University's Office of LGBT Affairs is considering a name change for a number of reasons, including the fact that they'd like to include people outside of those four letters and that they'd like the name to reflect their commitment coalitional politics. So, no problem really, right?
Well, here's what Dan had to say about the "process queens" involved here:
Sorry, UM, but “queer” is so 1991. Today’s ‘mos prefer the term “invert,” or “third sex.”
Never mind the facts that UM never said it was thinking of changing the office's name to the "Office of Queer Affairs", that the whole effin' point of the name change to to refer to people who don't identify as "'mos", and that "invert" and "third sex" are are so much more rare than "queer", someone is challenging Dan Savage's top-down identity politic that makes him more important at the expense of others, so he's whining.
That’s not the way it works in the LGBTQIALMNOP community. Everyone has to be included, every voice has to be heard, input welcomed, feelings honored, etc., etc., etc.
Because gay men won't stand to benefit at all from voices being heard, input being welcomed, and feelings being honored. Once Dan gets his marriage license out of the government, toodles social justice!
And never mind the fact that the UM Office of LGBT Affairs isn't on the forefront of the movement towards queer equality, Dan still has to take a cheapshot:
So they’re going to change the name. Great! So call a meeting, toss some ideas around, and pick a new name. Easy! Ah, no.[...]
Sometimes our movement moves so slowly that it looks like it’s not moving at all—or moving backwards.
That "our movement" is probably the entire point - Dan wants to define who owns it and who doesn't, and these God damned queers keep on getting in the way.
Saturday Update: Since Dan updated his post to respond to me, I'll do the same. But I'll do it in one long semi-colon delineated sentence:
I never called anyone an "asshole", "homobigoted", or "homophobic" over this one; if his main issue was over the timeline (three years! he said), then maybe he should have noticed that two years of that are already completed, one half of the coming year listed on the timeline is after the name has been changed, and the whole process included stuff other than a name change, like a logo contest; this isn't at all a part of the gay-rights movement, whatever that is, it is, rather, university policy, and university policy changes always take a whole bunch of time because they aren't corporations; he can be in favor of inclusiveness in his update, that's whatever, but the whole mocking tone of the post really undermines that, especially since the mocking starts several paragraphs before the oh-so-terrible timeline is even mentioned and since he uses the sarc-expression "LGBTQIALMNOP" to make fun of the "process queens"; and some people agree with me, like this guy, who picked up on the same mocking tone that was directed at whatever undergrad intern works 10 hours a week at the UM Office of LGBT Affairs.