Personal Note from Rebecca, moderator of KNOWhomo —
Recently I have received larger amounts of emails revolving around identification, verbiage, terminology, and representation on the KNOWhomo tumblr blog.
In the last two weeks opinions have started to run high and a few choice words have been shared with me. I have been told (often anonymously) that I am not representing enough of the LGBTQ* umbrella and focusing too tightly on gay and lesbian history. Another individual shared that if all the “People You Should Know” appear to be trans* and if I want to run a trans* blog, I should just do that. Another individual felt that I was giving unneeded attention to demisexuals and that I would be unfollowed for helping advertise a group that finds comfort in a new term instead of just choosing one already provided. Ironically, the email before asked why so many people need new terminology and why can’t we just be people without labels. Everyone has an opinion and the ask box is opened on this page for that purpose.
To all of you who email, anonymously or not, I have this to say:
THANK YOU. I read every email. If you are not anonymous, I try to respond privately to you and even spend time exploring your tumblr. I appreciate all you have to offer.
Also - (and here’s the moment many of you will probably become a little irritated with me personally), I AM HUMAN. I am learning more and more about the community every day. Like many of you, I never grew up learning anything about LGBTQ* historical figures or the past and I must research it on my own.
Just because I am a queer* woman (cisgender) it does not mean that I am biased to my orientation, gender or expression. Nor does it mean that I try to overcompensate for my identification. I may have a sense of who I am and may have a more confident voice when it comes to certain discussions but I am not queer* cis-woman exclusive. Nor do I feel I try to pretend that I understand how anyone else feels or identifies and attempt to act as a megaphone for any community. I started KNOWhomo because I’m a nerd and I love history and queer culture. That’s really as deep as it goes.
Over the last 10 months I have learned a lot. I look forward to what the next ten years will teach me. This blog is not for any one person. It is for ANYONE (myself included) who want to read/watch/hear about something within the LGBTQ* spectrum and possibly start a dialogue at a later time.
I do respect insight and have changed posts to be as inclusive as possible when possible.
I think it is important to realize that many posts, videos, graphs, pictures and expressions will not represent all of the community. As unfair as it is, many things may appear cisgender in verbiage (when pulling from another site/source) and they are not being shared to upset but instead to reflect what others read/have when doing research. I do try to add *trigger warnings* whenever possible.
— I personally belong to the mindset that while it is highly exhausting to act as an educator/ally/voice of/for LGBTQ* persons, it is much more detrimental to be the angry individual who just assumes everyone is naive and an @$$hole. I think it is important to remember we all have to learn these things. We are not given a common vocabulary or education.
If you’d like to start a discussion, please send your asks to moreweknow.tumblr.com/ask (the discussion page). Remember all emails to KNOWhomo’s page are kept on a one-on-one discussion, so if you email anonymously I won’t respond publicly.
Keep On Keepin’ On, Everyone.