Of what use is making trouble if you don't keep at it?
In an earlier column, I asked 10 simple questions. I laid down some basic rules, and while some folks chose not to follow those basic rules, I got some answers, and I'm still hoping for more.
Learning from people is not always a simple process. You can't just ask one question, you see. You ask one, and then you listen to the answer, and then you ask another question based on that answer. People are different -- as the answers have already shown -- and since I've set aside my own thoughts on this so far, I'm able to pay close attention.
So, now it's follow up time. I'm still learning from you, the readers, and I'm interested in what you have to say. So, here are some more questions for you, based on the answers that were given in the last one.
This is also the first of four follow-ups. There have been and will be additional posts on the subject (all of them making trouble) as well -- one or two more, most likely. Then I will wrap it up with an overview of what you all have taught me and my own perspective on things -- both before and after.
I will stipulate a few rules to this process. I realize some people dislike that even as a merest suggestion, but I think it's important as people need to do it. I'm not changing the rules, either.
A. I'm not going to comment on the posting. I'm learning from you. One of the things some people have said is that I don't listen to others, that I don't give them a shot. Well, this is that chance.
B. Don't critique or criticize another poster's responses. That's going to be hard. In fact, that's going to be damn hard given the questions I'm going to ask.
C. Answer the questions. No vacillating, no talking about subjects that are germane but not part of the actual answer. No guessing about what I mean in asking them, and don't worry about what I might think or others might think about your answers. There's no sinister motive behind this, and if you think the questions are some kind of trap, well, as far as I'm concerned, you have some issues with paranoia.
D. This is just about the questions. Not me, not other commenters, not Bilerico, not some greater good or lesser evil, not about who did what to whom with that where and if they enjoyed it or not. Just the questions.
And now, the questions:
1. Can legislation to protect LGB folks also protect T folks?
2. How do cis folk learn what to say when speaking about trans issues, when trans people are so diverse?
3. Would trans only legislation pass Congress?
4. Why would it or why wouldn't it?
5. Is our effort to obtain rights a civil rights issue or a human rights issue? (Note: they are not entirely the same thing.)
6. What do the parts of the LGBT share in common, if any?
7. What parts of the LGBT have the most in common?
8. What is the difference between "Ally" and "Family Member"?
9. Are there lesbian, gay, or bisexual trans folks?
10. Are there trans lesbian, gay, or bisexual folks?
Lastly, my personal deep appreciation and gratitude to those who answered the last set. I'm hoping that many of you (and more people, as well) will have the patience to put up with me while I ask you more questions.
Thank you, for helping me to learn.