"T" and "I" should be taken out of the LGBTQI acronym
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For those who are not familiar with the definitions of transgender and intersex...
transgender: a descriptive term for a person whose gender is out of alignment with the sex they were assigned at birth.
intersex: a descriptive term for a person who has reproductive organs and/or secondary physical characteristics of both sexes.
Because these two expressions are listed among the list of sexual orientations, there is a lot of confusion around the separation between gender and sexuality.
Much of this confusion could be eliminated by removing the two words from the acronym and creating a separate acronym for gender non-conforming folks.
Thanks to Con for taking up this debate and I look forward to your arguments!
Transgender and intersex partners need to be included to this grouping because they need the same rights as people with different sexual orientations. Transgender people may or may not want to have relationships with people who have the same sex as themselves although these transgender people identify with the opposite gender. Intersex people need the same rights as the LGBQTI grouping with any partner they have because these people are in a shady area of homosexuality and whether or not these intersex people should be considered homosexual.
Transgender and intersex partners may be in a shady area for homosexuality, but they deserve the same grouping as the LGBTQI family to preserve the hopes of their rights.
Civil union and marriage rights are not a big concern for trans* and intersex folks at all. In fact, although gay and lesbians are still fighting for the right to marry, this right has been extended to most transgender and intersex people for a long time already.
The legal issues that transgender and intersex people face are much more varied and are too often cast aside due to the misconception that we are fighting for the same rights as the rest of the rainbow community.
Struggles we face include: access to regular and urgent medical care, exclusion from organized sports, identification and legal documentation that do not reflect our true gender, and even the real possibility of being arrested for using a public washroom in certain states and countries.
Transgender and intersex people can be gay, straight, or somewhere in between, just as cisgender people can (cisgender being used as a descriptor for people who are in alignment with the sex they were assigned at birth). However, the types of discrimination that they face are very different. Acknowledging, understanding, and correcting these issues is made even more difficult by the fact that people assume that gender non-conforming folks are in the same boat as LGB individuals with regards to their goals and their struggles, which simply isn't true.
I believe that to resolve this, the best thing to do would be to eliminate the T and I from the LGB spectrum and create a new acronym that better reflects our community.
Thanks so much for your response, Con. Cheers!
Human Rights Commission article, explains that in most cases, transgender can get married even in countries and states where gay marriage is not recognized - http://www.hrc.org...
American Civil Liberties Union article, detailing the discrimination trans* people face - https://www.aclu.org...
Thank you pro for informing me on the different struggles that transgender individuals face as compared to the LGB community.
Thank you for conceding. All the best!
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Vote Placed by nikidavis 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Better conduct goes to Pro because did not concede. Spelling and grammar is a tie because you both had good spelling and grammar. Convincing arguments goes to Pro because his arguments provided good real and convincing information. Reliable sources goes to Pro because he used two sources and Pro did not use any. Sorry Con!
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