Queer Alphabet Soup
OMAHA, NE – The LGBT community is growing as more and more people begin using LGBTQIA. Many people get confused by the additional letters because they don’t know why they are included. Well, this article will attempt to remedy that.
L is for Lesbians, who are persons who self-identify as females who are sexually and romantically attracted to other females.
G is for Gay Men, who are persons who self-identify as males who are sexually and romantically attracted to other males.
B is for Bisexuals who are persons who can be sexually and romantically attracted to both men and women.
T is for TransGender who are persons whose gender identity differs from their assigned sex at birth. TransGender persons may not self-identify as transgender. Transgender people may or may not use a different name or pronoun than the one they were assigned at birth, and they may or may not pursue hormone therapy or surgery. The term GenderQueer fits under this category, and refers to people who do not identify as, or who do not express themselves as completely one gender. Genderqueer people may or may not identify as transgender or transsexual. When in doubt, always defer to the way a person self-identifies. Transgender people may also identify their sexual orientation as straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, or even pansexual.
Q is for Queer which is an umbrella term which embraces a variety of sexual preferences, orientations, and habits of those who do not adhere to the heterosexual and cisgender majority. The term queer includes, but is not exclusive to lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender persons, and intersex persons, traditionally, this term is derogatory and hurtful, however, many people who do not adhere to sexual and/or gender norms use it to self-identify in a positive way. The term Queer was taken back by gay activists during the nineties. Pansexuals would also fit under this term. Pansexuals can be sexually and romantically attracted to people of any sexual orientation or any gender, they can be attracted to the broad spectrum of people in existence.
Q is also for Questioning, for those who are still finding the identity that fits them.
I is for Intersexed and is used for those whose anatomy is not exclusively male or female.
A is for Asexuals, who are persons who do not have sexual attraction. Asexuals may or may not consider it to be a sexual orientation.
A is also used for Ally, someone who is not LGBTQIA, but supports full equality for those who are.