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'LGBT': Intelligible or Incoherent?

The argument I’m going to contend here isn’t a new one, but it’s important enough to be restated and recirculated.

I suspect, whether rightly or wrongly, that most of my readers are quite young ─ but I’m sure that some of my readers are just old enough to remember when the initialism was simply LGB. Indeed, even the 'LGBTQ Pride Month' (that we are all too familiar with today) was once called 'Gay and Lesbian Pride Month', back when it was first established by Bill Clinton in June 1999. From a Biblical and Christian perspective, the LGB movement was undoubtedly misguided but at least it was conceptually coherent. Even if you disagreed with LGB advocates, you certainly understood what exactly you were disagreeing with. It's not entirely clear when the T became a permanent addition (this Google Ngram suggests the mid-90s) but, whenever it was, that was the point the abbreviation became an unstable compound.

Here’s why. L, G, and B were originally understood in terms …