Saturday, October 2, 2010
With attribution to Ellen DeGeneres
Although I share everyone’s concern over the tragic death of Tyler Clementi and the invasion of his privacy by a roommate’s secret webcam filming, I find some humor in how quickly the acronym LBGT (Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender) made it on to so many news reports within 24 hours of his suicide jump off the George Washington Bridge. It was as if everyone got the lexicon update but me.
I attribute it to the Facebook and Twitter people, one of whom is my niece.
She caught me a few days ago with IMHO, which I think I correctly deciphered to be “In My Humble Opinion” and tripled my knowledge of the genre, which previously included only OMG and CUS. Don’t get me wrong. Once I figured out that Long Beach GT would need an O or replace the T with a P to be anything I even recognized, I conceded I needed help.
What puzzles me is what the four groups have in common, except that they may be innocent victims of hate crimes; but in that case shouldn’t we add C for Catholics, J for Jews, M for Mormons or even R for Republicans? And if then the resultant LBGTCJMR would get together to commiserate their misfortunes, they would quickly note the absence of any Muslims and would discover the group was too big to find a good venue and too diverse to have much in common.
I thought the whole concept of having college roommates at Rutgers or any other university was to develop tolerance so we could be better mates to our wives, husbands, or significant others. I know that is what helped Mary and me through fifty years of marriage which culminated in yesterday’s 50-year wedding celebration.