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Who Are These LGBTQ People?

 

LGBTQ is an acronym that stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer. When we talk about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, who are we referring to? What do these terms mean? Who are these LGBTQ people? Where are these LGBTQ people? What do they do? What do they look like? What do we need to know about them?

LGBTQ is an umbrella term that describes a group of people defined by their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. The LGBTQ acronym has sometimes been expanded to also include: Q (Questioning), A (Asexual), A (Ally), I (Intersex), P (Pansexual), and so on. In a broad group of people who might identify themselves as a members of a sexual minority (outside the mainstream), other descriptors certainly could be added to the list.

 

LGBTQ Community

On average, about 10% of the population is gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer. That figure is sometimes expressed as high as 15%. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer people have existed in every time period in history, in every culture, in every segment of society, in every walk of life. Apparently, sexual orientation is not related to oneís social standing, moral perspective, cultural setting, ethnicity, or upbringing. And it does not seem to be part of a trend or a phase someone is going through.

LGBTQ people are no different from you and me. They have regular jobs. They vote and pay taxes. They shop and buy things. They attend school. They engage in recreation and leisure activities. They have families. They raise children. They attend their church, temple or mosque. They care about political and social issues. They contribute to the economy. They date. They fall in love. They care about their relationships. They are your classmates, co-workers, colleagues, neighbors, friends, relatives. They are your mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters.

 

They have made, and continue to make, great contributions in all areas of society, including literature, the arts, entertainment, athletics, religion, education, business, finance, science, government, politics, and the military.

 

Wikipedia: LGBTQ
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LGBTQ Acronyms

The act of politically grouping all non-heterosexual and non-cisgender people into the acronym LGBTQ is an act of exclusion. The LGBTQ acronym has expanded to LGBTQIA and more, in an attempt to be as representative as possible. But as the language used to describe these identities continues to grow, so does the need for more appropriate identification.

 

Currently, the acronym could easily be expressed as a whopping 14 letters long: LGGBBTTQQIAAPP. This lengthy acronym stands for lesbian, gay, genderqueer, bisexual, bigender, transgender, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, agender, pansexual and polyamorous. Some versions include "2S" for two-spirit.

 

Some suggest using shorter, more general acronyms, like GSM, which stands for gender and sexual minorities. GSM serves as a much better acronymic blanket statement than LGBTQ, because it does not specify any gender or sexual identity whatsoever. In its ambiguity, GSM is not only more accurate, but itís flexible. The name does not need to be updated at the rapid pace of language proliferation.

GSD (Gender and Sexual Diversities) has been suggested as a more inclusive term. This designator would include people who might be asexual, members of the BDSM/kink community, and people who were in non-traditional relationships that might be polyamorous or swingers.

 

At one point, GSRM (Gender, Sexuality, and Romantic Minorities) was also proposed. Some also recommended MOGA (Marginalized Orientation and Gender Alignments) and MOGII (Marginalized Orientations, Gender Identity, and Intersex). Looking for a good all-around inclusive umbrella term, SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) was also suggested in some circles.

 


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