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The Screen Actors Guild, one of the unions I’m required to belong to, has sent its 2010 diversity census form to its members. There are just four questions, numbered 1, 2, 3 and (I swear) 3. The first Question #3 is: Do you identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and/or Transgender (LGBT)? Two additional questions leaped immediately to mind. I’ll call them questions number 1 and 1. First, and/or? The mind boggles at the and possibilities. Second, what does the parenthetical LGBT mean? Is that one of the “and/ors?” Well, it turns out (and, heck, you probably knew this) it stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. So it was just restating the options; a kind of internal redundancy (like ATM Machine–Automated Teller Machine Machine or PIN Number–Personal Identification Number Number).
Being somewhat sheltered, apparently, I was surprised to learn there was a catch-all abbreviation for the alternative lifestyles crowd. Like LOL and BFF, I can now add LGBT to my personal lexicon. It was a little like when a smarmy Anderson Cooper introduced me to the term “teabagging” on CNN. You’re never too old to learn.