As a G out of the GLBT, LGBT, BLGT, BLTG (or however the current acceptable phrasing is), and frequenter of many kinds of online community sites I thought I would toss in a couple of thoughts on this to ponder. None of this is addressed to or regarding any of the above posters- it's just something to think about
People often have a sort of reflexive response to inquiries looking for GLBT people in these communities. "Why does it matter?" Whether it's relationship forums, health and wellness forums, gaming forums... there are those of us who are GLBT, and sometimes need to feel the reassurance that there are others like us out there. Camaraderie is important, and in much the same way organizations like churches and social groups can help to foster that, so can online forums. Is such a request divisive? Perhaps to some. But from my personal experience, I know that I have many heterosexual friends and family members who I love very dearly, as well as GLBT friends and family members I feel the same about
. But sometimes it's nice to know you're not alone out there in a particular category.
My husband sometimes jokes when we go out to certain events about
being "the only black guy" there. Nobody wants to be the "only one" of anything.
I hope that this was helpful.
As a personal note, while I do not have Crohn's, I have suffered from GI related issues since I was a kid which I have since come to believe is IBS. As someone who has always been overly critical of "appearances" when it comes to myself, this was very difficult for me to come to terms with- particularly when I was also coming to terms with myself as a gay man. I cannot tell you how much a relief it was to me when I made a dear friend (also gay) who I would come to find out suffered similar problems to my own.
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Post Edited (TalktomeHIV) : 11/14/2007 8:32:23 AM (GMT-7)