What is it with all the letters?!
It can be a minefield with all the acronyms and it doesn’t look like its gonna get simpler anytime soon.
So lets begin when we had the gay pride movement (it was only legalised in 1967) although people have always been gay but they just did it in secret or got prosecuted for it. Google Alan Turing.
This was to promote equal rights for all genders and sexualities (some would argue we are no where near to that even today).
Lesbian, women (whether genetic or not) who are attracted exclusively to other women (whether genetic or not).
Gay used to mean happy and I like to think it still does, being out and proud should be a gay persons right.
Transgender including people whose gender identity is the opposite of their assigned sex (trans men and trans women)
People have always cross dressed, this isn’t the same as transgender…confusing eh.
Queer had been reclaimed by the community just like other words which were once an insult has been claimed by other communities.
N.B Non Binary, or according to wiki
“Genderqueer (GQ), also termed non–binary, is a catch-all category for gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine—identities which are thus outside of the gender binary and cisnormativity.
Other that last 30 years or so many more other variations of gender and sexuality have become known about but it is generally decided that extending the acronym any further serves no one a justice.
I’m a a trustee of an LGBTQ charity and even I have to check my acronyms.
I assume everyone knows what they stand for like in a recent video i made for the council people do not always know what they stand for.
Unfortunately ignorance breeds fear.
If you know anyone who is being bullied because of their gender or sexuality please speak out.
Together we can stop it.
You deserve the best so chose a specialised therapist wisely.