How far should LGBT go/how far do you recognize gay rights?

Posted by: PetersSmith

Some things can just go too far. And some things become dangerous when not extensive enough. And some are so useless that it's questionable why the terminology even exists.

25 Total Votes

LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender)

LGBT or GLBT is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. In use since the 1990s, the term is an adaptation of the initialism LGB, which itself started replacing the term gay when in reference to the LGBT community begin... ning in the mid-to-late 1980s, as many felt the term gay community did not accurately represent all those to whom it referred. The initialism has become mainstream as a self-designation and has been adopted by the majority of sexuality and gender identity-based community centers and media in the United States and some other English-speaking countries. The phrase is also used in some other countries, in whose languages the initialism is meaningful, such as France and Argentina   more
7 votes

LGBT+ (see description)

Lesbian, Gay, Gender queer, Gender fluid, Genderless, Gynesexual, Bisexual, Bigender, Transexual, Transgender, Transvestite, Two-Spirited, Transitioning, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Agender, Ally, Androgenous, Androsexual, Pansexual, Pang... ender, Omnisexual, Omnigender, Demi-Sexual, Straight, Skoliosexual, Cisgender, Third-Gender, and Boy(censored)   more
7 votes

LGBTTQQIAAP (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, and panssexual)

The initialism LGBTTQQIAAP (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, panssexual) has also resulted, although such initialisms are sometimes criticized for being confusing and leaving some people ... out, as well as issues of placement of the letters within the new title. However, adding the term "allies" to the acronym has sparked controversy, with some seeing the inclusion of "ally" as opposed to "asexual" a form of asexual erasure. There is also the acronym QUILTBAG (queer and questioning, intersex, lesbian, transgender and two-spirit, bisexual, asexual and ally, and gay and genderqueer)   more
6 votes


LGBT rights opposition is opposition to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights. Organizations influential in LGBT rights opposition frequently oppose the enactment of laws making same-sex marriage legal, the passage of anti-discriminat... ion laws aimed at curtailing anti-LGBT discrimination, including in employment and housing, the passage of anti-bullying laws to protect LGBT minors, laws decriminalizing same-gender relationships, and other LGBT rights related laws. These groups are often religious or socially conservative in nature. Such opposition can be motivated by religion, moral beliefs, homophobia, bigotry, and animosity,[1] political ideologies, or other reasons. Other laws that LGBT rights opponents may be opposed to include civil unions or partnerships, adoption by same-sex couples, LGBT parenting, military service, access to assisted reproductive technology, and access to sex reassignment surgery and hormone replacement therapy for transgender individuals   more
2 votes
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LGBTQQIP2SAA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, pansexual, two-spirit, asexual, and ally)

Every few months another online debate flares up about exactly what the LGBT community should call itself. Generally speaking, most people default to LGBT (or GLBT, with a slight majority favoring the L-first version). This explicitly calls out key ... components of a diverse group: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender. As shorthand goes, it’s fairly effective, recognizing the spectrum of sexual orientation and gender identity in four simple letters. Of course, it can’t please everyone, and like most compromises, leaves plenty of people feeling unheard. Four other forms of shorthand see frequent use in the media and on the Internet. Many people opt simply for “gay.” Unfortunately, that leaves out any aspect of the community that doesn’t identify explicitly with same-sex attraction. It also traditionally applies to men, resulting in sexist language, however unintentional. Opponents of the community typically use “the homosexual community” which manages to be gender neutral but also leaves out significant populations (although those populations may be just as happy not to get attention from these groups.) The more academic term “sexual minorities” is also used. Although this has broader meaning it also draws focus to the word “sexual,” avoidance of which resulted in the use of the word “gay” in the first place. Members of the LGBT community don’t want to be defined strictly by possible behavior, but as complex, fully realized human beings. In an America with a strong puritanical streak – even today – the word “sexual” still has too much power to stigmatize. Many activists have reclaimed the word “queer” as a preferred descriptor. Taking back the word from the bullies and foes is a way to regain power. This is much like (Censored) magazine co-opting a frequent slur as a way to raise feminist activists above their oppressors. For many, however, the scars from being called “queer” are too deep and too fresh to choose it as an identity. So what’s a diverse, inclusion-inclined community to do? Over time, a number of other additions have been suggested to the LGBT acronym. The most common is Q, signifying “questioning” to recognize that many people are uncertain about their sexual orientation or gender identity (or both). Some also use the Q for queer. At full throttle, the letters wind up something like LGBTQQIP2SAA – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two Q’s to cover both bases (queer and questioning); I for Intersex, people with two sets of genitalia or various chromosomal differences; P for Pansexual, people who refuse to be pinned down on the Kinsey scale; 2S for Two-Spirit, a tradition in many First Nations that considers sexual minorities to have both male and female spirits; A for Asexual, people who do not identify with any orientation; and A for Allies, recognizing that the community thrives best with loving supporters, although they are not really part of the community itself. That manages to be pretty inclusive, but it’s also pretty unwieldy. Labels are tricky things. Most oppressed and minority communities have struggled with finding a descriptor that they feel embraces them and that they can embrace. The evolution of Negro to Colored to Black to African-American shows a clear transition from outside labels to a community claiming its own identity, although many with the community object to African-American. The journey from Indians to Native Americans to First Nations is similar, with many outside the community being unfamiliar with the latter designation. The transition from handicapped to disabled was successful (and codified in law) but the attempt to destigmatize to “differently abled” was just too awkward to find common usage. It’s that kind of awkwardness that stymies the best attempts to find the magic LGBT label. The problem stems from the best of intentions, inclusion. People are complex, with multiple identities. Everyone has a sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion (or lack thereof), ethnicity, and many other components. It’s laudable for the LGBT community to recognize that there is strength in working together and to try to find a descriptor that shows that intent. In the long run, the intent matters more than the label. Rather than take umbrage at a less than fully inclusive LGBTQ – which at least shows good intent – let’s focus on the work we need to do together to make this a better place for everyone   more
2 votes

LGB (lesbian, gay, and bisexual)

A Crowded Bookshelf: The Advocate reported on a story about a New Hampshire school that will allow a transgender third-grader to use the girls bathroom and wear girls clothing. I found the story heartwarming – if a little girl is born with male geni... talia, I think it’s great that her family and her school are working to ensure that she’s encouraged to be who she is… I expected some of the online comments to be negative on the age of the kid – she’s 8, a very young age. Those of us who are not trans don’t understand when someone realizes that he or she is trans, so I refuse to comment on the age of the kid. But what I didn’t expect was the hateful comments in the comment thread of self-identified gays and lesbians. These are some of the things they wrote in response to the story (I’ve left out the names of the posters, but you can see the names if you just look at the article): “I read about and see more and more young women having their breasts cut off and taking tetestorone. Young woman who have barely left childhood are being encouraged to mutilate their own bodies. How does this protect their dignity?” – I’d like to point out that nowhere in the article are we reading of this child being forced to cut anything on her body…Also, I don’t know what trans-friendly world she lives in, but I don’t know of an environment that encourages trans surgery. “Why do girls and women have to bear the brunt of this? Why are gay organizations hell bent on destroying women-only space? Why do lesbians support this? “Lesbians support it because they wrongly think this is the compassionate thing to do. And often as women, they are used to putting everyone else’s needs before their own.” “misogyny = transgender ideology” “Only a raging misogynist like [name withheld] thinks women should smile and wear lipstick and stand up for men’s rights to invade women-only space.” – This was in response to a guy’s curse-laden response to the poster’s transphobic posting. Even though her point of view is (censored) up, using misogyny to argue against transphobia is wrong. Though, the lesbian poster in retaliation against another poster, posted the person’s name, address and email address on the comment thread. “The current intense focus on transgender rights is going to harm the gay and lesbian community. It’s bad enough that we want to force states into paying for convicted killers to get sex change operations, but now we want to insist that school children be allowed to use whatever bathroom they feel comfortable with? We’re having a hard enough time as it is without compounding our struggle with this kind of nonsense. We’re fabulous when picking out a wardrobe but apparently we really suck when it comes to picking our battles. The current intense focus on transgender rights is going to harm the gay and lesbian community. It’s bad enough that we want to force states into paying for convicted killers to get sex change operations, but now we want to insist that school children be allowed to use whatever bathroom they feel comfortable with? We’re having a hard enough time as it is without compounding our struggle with this kind of nonsense. We’re fabulous when picking out a wardrobe but apparently we really suck when it comes to picking our battles.” – this is in reference to a story about a transgender inmate who is convicted of murder, who argued in court that she was entitled to a gender realignment surgery. So, I didn’t copy/paste all of the ugly comments because most of them were written by the same two women, and also the debate devolved into a shrill contest of name-calling and blanket and unjustified accusations of misogyny. To say that I found the arguments of these women disgusting is an understatement – but unfortunately, it’s not the first time I ran across a story about transgender issues and a gay man or lesbian take issue with the gay community’s concern with trans folks. The resentment comes from a variety of sources: 1) a misunderstand of trans issues – or an ignorance of trans issues; 2) resentment at having to include trans rights in the umbrella of gay rights, as often trans rights are more contested than gay rights; 3) resentment among biological women towards trans women – this goes back to Second Wave Feminism, when Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem both had highly equivocal points of view of trans women. I don’t ever want to discount anyone’s feelings – but not fighting for trans rights makes no sense for the LGBT community. The arguments used against trans folks (“it’s not natural” or “it’s not biological”) are often the same arguments used by homophobes. Also, folks who aren’t trans won’t understand the issues trans folks face – we cannot begin to say how someone should identify – whether it’s male, female, intersex, trans, queer, etc. It’s none of our business. What is our business is making sure to stand behind our trans brothers and sisters in their fight for equality in the law and society. Gender and gender identity is fluid – and trans identity is fluid, too – a trans person isn’t necessarily someone how undergoes surgery – and I don’t see a problem in that. I also don’t see the problem with an 8-year old using a girl's bathroom. Also, these women were arguing that allowing for trans folks to use women’s rooms would raise the risk of rape. First of all, trans women won’t rape women – it’s a boogey man creating to scare people – the stats on trans folks are usually and disproportionately victims of crimes, not the perps. Secondly, having separate bathrooms doesn’t ensure women’s safety from rape. There is a general disconnect between what many of these bigots think about trans folks: are trans women really women? Are trans men really men? Well, the quick answer is, yes, if they identify so…It’s that simple. I don’t pretend to understand what makes someone transgender – it’s akin to my lack of awareness of what it means to be a woman, black, poor, or disabled. But my inability to empathize with trans folks doesn’t give me an out from my responsibility for defending trans rights. It’s too bad that so many in our community don’t see that   more
1 vote

Heterosexual Rights Only

Straight pride is a slogan that arose in the late 1980s and early 1990s and has been used primarily by social conservative groups as a political stance and strategy. The term is described as a response to gay pride adopted by various LGBT groups in ... the early 1970s or to the accommodations provided to gay pride initiatives. Straight pride backlash incidents have generated controversy and media attention. School policies and court decisions regarding freedom of expression have drawn particular attention, spotlighting individuals protesting school expressions against harassment of LGBT adolescents   more
0 votes

Lesbian Rights Only

Lesbian feminism is a cultural movement and critical perspective, most influential in the 1970s and early 1980s (primarily in North America and Western Europe), that questions the position of lesbians and women in society. It particularly refutes he... teronormativity, which is the belief that people fall into distinct and complementary genders (man and woman) with natural roles in life, that heterosexuality is the only sexual orientation or only norm, and that sexual and marital relations are most (or only) fitting between people of opposite sexes. Some key thinkers and activists are Charlotte Bunch, Rita Mae Brown, Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde, Marilyn Frye, Mary Daly, Sheila Jeffreys and Monique Wittig (although the latter is more commonly associated with the emergence of queer theory). "Lesbian feminism" is a movement that came together in the early 1970s out of dissatisfaction with second-wave feminism and the gay liberation movement. In the words of lesbian feminist Sheila Jeffreys, "Lesbian feminism emerged as a result of two developments: lesbians within the WLM (Women's Liberation Movement) began to create a new, distinctively feminist lesbian politics, and lesbians in the GLF (Gay Liberation Front) left to join up with their sisters". According to Judy Rebick, a leading Canadian journalist and political activist for feminism, lesbians were and always have been at the heart of the women's movement, while their issues were invisible in the same movemen   more
0 votes

Gay Rights Only

The Radical Faeries are a loosely affiliated worldwide network and counter-cultural movement seeking to redefine queer consciousness through spirituality. Sometimes deemed a form of contemporary Paganism, it adopts elements from anarchism and enviro... nmentalism. Rejecting hetero-imitation, the Radical Faerie movement began during the 1970s sexual revolution among gay men in the United States. The movement has expanded in tandem with the larger gay rights movement, challenging commercialization and patriarchal aspects of modern LGBT life while celebrating pagan constructs and rituals. Faeries tend to be fiercely independent, anti-establishment, and community-focused. The Radical Faerie movement was founded in California in 1979 by gay activists Harry Hay, Mitch Walker, and Don Kilhefner, who wanted to create an alternative to what they saw as the assimilationist attitude of the mainstream U.S. gay community. Influenced by the legacy of the counterculture of the 1960s, they held the first Spiritual Conference for Radical Fairies in Arizona in September 1979. From there, various regional Faerie Circles were formed, and other large rural gatherings organised. Although Walker and Kilhefner broke from Hay in 1980, the movement continued to grow, having expanded into an international network soon after the second Faerie gathering in 1980. Today Radical Faeries embody a wide range of genders, sexual orientations, and identities. Many sanctuaries and gatherings are open to all, while some still focus on the particular spiritual experience of man-loving men co-creating temporary autonomous zones. Faerie sanctuaries adapt rural living and environmentally sustainable concepts to modern technologies as part of creative expression. Radical Faerie communities are generally inspired by indigenous, native or traditional spiritualities, especially those that incorporate genderqueer sensibilities   more
0 votes

LG (Lesbian and Gay)

Freud's most important articles on homosexuality were written between 1905, when he published Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality, and 1922, when he published "Certain Neurotic Mechanisms in Jealousy, Paranoia, and Homosexuality." Freud believed...  that all humans were bisexual, by which he primarily meant that everyone incorporates aspects of both sexes, and that everyone is sexually attracted to both sexes. In his view, this was true anatomically and therefore also mentally and psychologically. Heterosexuality and homosexuality both developed from this original bisexual disposition. As one of the causes of homosexuality Freud mentions the distressing heterosexual experience: "Those cases are of particular interest in which the libido changes over to an inverted sexual object after a distressing experience with a normal one." Freud appears to have been undecided whether or not homosexuality was pathological, expressing different views on this issue at different times and places in his work. Freud frequently called homosexuality an "inversion", something which in his view was distinct from the necessarily pathological perversions, and suggested that several distinct kinds might exist, cautioning that his conclusions about it were based on a small and not necessarily representative sample of patients. Freud derived much of his information on homosexuality from psychiatrists and sexologists such as Richard von Krafft-Ebing and Magnus Hirschfeld, and was also influenced by Eugen Steinach, a Viennese endocrinologist who transplanted testicles from straight men into gay men in attempts to change their sexual orientation. Freud stated that Steinach's research had "thrown a strong light on the organic determinants of homoeroticism",[6] but cautioned that it was premature to expect that the operations he performed would make possible a therapy that could be generally applied. In his view, such transplant operations would be effective in changing sexual orientation only in cases in which homosexuality was strongly associated with physical characteristics typical of the opposite sex, and probably no similar therapy could be applied to lesbianism. In fact Steinach’s method was doomed to failure because the immune systems of his patients rejected the transplanted glands, and was eventually exposed as ineffective and often harmful   more
0 votes

LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex)

In Australia, the Commonwealth Government uses the initials ‘LGBTI’ to refer collectively to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex. These five distinct but sometimes overlapping groupings are part, but not all, of what we me... an when we speak about ‘LGBTI’ communities/populations. The category of ‘LGBTI’ people and populations is now recognised by the Commonwealth Government in some federal legislation, policies, and programs. From 1 August 2013, the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 has provided federal protection from both direct and indirect discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, relationships status, gender identity, and intersex status. ‘LGBTI’ people are also recognised as a special needs group in the Aged Care Act 1997. Historically, the category of ‘LGBTI’ was promoted by the Alliance and some of our Member Organisations in efforts to create greater inclusion at a national level. This formal recognition of ‘LGBTI’ people and populations has helped the Alliance to raise the concerns of those who have face historical exclusion and marginalisation, when working at a national level with government and professional bodies. We also recognise its limitations. The Alliance is aware that many people and communities have additional ways of describing their distinct histories, experiences, and needs beyond the five letters in ‘LGBTI’. For this reason, the Alliance considers people and populations beyond those letters when conducting consultations to learn more about your needs when giving national advice. At the Alliance today, we see the use of ‘LGBTI’ as a strategic choice with historical roots in the concerns of our members. Our understanding of ‘LGBTI’ continues to change and mature alongside our partnerships with the people and communities that make up the Alliance   more
0 votes

LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning/queer)

Steven Petrow: Q: Lately, I’ve been hearing the acronym LGBTQ. I have heard the second Q means “questioning.” Is that right? And does that imply that the person is uncertain as to his orientation or something else? ~Anonymous A: This is a great que... stion and one that I was even asked by one of my new editors here at The Post. I think many of us in the community take for granted that everyone else will understand this acronym. Not always. In fact, the ‘Q’ can stand for ‘questioning’ or ‘queer’ and sometimes you may see the acronym written as “LGBTQQ” (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer]. When the Q” is used as a stand-in for questioning, you’re right that it means the individual is uncertain of his or her orientation. It’s also not uncommon now to see an “I” for “intersex;” according to the Oregon State University Pride Center’s web site, intersex is defined as: “An individual whose biological birth does not correspond with conventional expectations of male/female anatomy or genetics. Some intersexuals consider themselves transgender and some do not. The older term, hermaphrodite, is considered by many to be offensive.” Finally, you may also see an “A” appended to the acronym, which stands for “ally,” again defined by OSU as, “Anyone who is politically aligned with the Queer movement.” As for “queer,” The OSU Pride Center defines it like this: “Originally pejorative for gay, it is now being reclaimed by some gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered persons as a self-affirming umbrella term. Caution: still extremely offensive when used as an epithet, especially among older Queers.” Many years ago I was at a benefit headlined by the Emmy-award winning actor, Cloris Leachman, who stumbled when trying to say “LGBT” to a mostly gay audience. To save her backside, she joked, “Why don’t you just call yourselves the ‘BLTs’? It’s so much easier to say!” To which I’d add: A good heart and well-intentioned humor is never a bad thing. Thanks for asking this not-so-easy question   more
0 votes

LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning/queer)

What does this alphabet soup mean? Why do we need all of these labels? Understanding how certain terms are used is essential to understanding how lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning (LGBTIQ) individuals define and see the... mselves in the world. One of the most important things to understand is that sexual orientation and gender identity/expression are related, but they are also separate and distinct. Use labels and definitions carefully and avoid assumption. It is often better to ask people how they describe themselves and then use their preferred self-definitions and pronouns   more
0 votes

LGBTQIA (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning/queer, intersex, and asexual)

Michael Schulman: Stephen Ira, a junior at Sarah Lawrence College, uploaded a video last March on We Happy Trans, a site that shares “positive perspectives” on being transgender. In the breakneck six-and-a-half-minute monologue — hair tousled, sitt... ing in a wood-paneled dorm room — Stephen exuberantly declared himself “a queer, a nerd fighter, a writer, an artist and a guy who needs a haircut,” and held forth on everything from his style icons (Truman Capote and “any male-identified person who wears thigh-highs or garters”) to his toy zebra. Because Stephen, who was born Kathlyn, is the 21-year-old child of Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, the video went viral, garnering nearly half a million views. But that was not the only reason for its appeal. With its adrenalized, freewheeling eloquence, the video seemed like a battle cry for a new generation of post-gay gender activists, for whom Stephen represents a rare public face. Armed with the millennial generation’s defining traits — Web savvy, boundless confidence and social networks that extend online and off — Stephen and his peers are forging a political identity all their own, often at odds with mainstream gay culture. If the gay-rights movement today seems to revolve around same-sex marriage, this generation is seeking something more radical: an upending of gender roles beyond the binary of male/female. The core question isn’t whom they love, but who they are — that is, identity as distinct from sexual orientation. But what to call this movement? Whereas “gay and lesbian” was once used to lump together various sexual minorities — and more recently “L.G.B.T.” to include bisexual and transgender — the new vanguard wants a broader, more inclusive abbreviation. “Youth today do not define themselves on the spectrum of L.G.B.T.,” said Shane Windmeyer, a founder of Campus Pride, a national student advocacy group based in Charlotte, N.C. Part of the solution has been to add more letters, and in recent years the post-post-post-gay-rights banner has gotten significantly longer, some might say unwieldy. The emerging rubric is “L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.,” which stands for different things, depending on whom you ask. “Q” can mean “questioning” or “queer,” an umbrella term itself, formerly derogatory before it was appropriated by gay activists in the 1990s. “I” is for “intersex,” someone whose anatomy is not exclusively male or female. And “A” stands for “ally” (a friend of the cause) or “asexual,” characterized by the absence of sexual attraction. It may be a mouthful, but it’s catching on, especially on liberal-arts campuses. The University of Missouri, Kansas City, for example, has an L.G.B.T.Q.I.A. Resource Center that, among other things, helps student locate “gender-neutral” restrooms on campus. Vassar College offers an L.G.B.T.Q.I.A. Discussion Group on Thursday afternoons. Lehigh University will be hosting its second annual L.G.B.T.Q.I.A. Intercollegiate Conference next month, followed by a Queer Prom. Amherst College even has an L.G.B.T.Q.Q.I.A.A. Center, where every group gets its own letter. The term is also gaining traction on social media sites like Twitter and Tumblr, where posts tagged with “lgbtqia” suggest a younger, more progressive outlook than posts that are merely labeled “lgbt.” “There’s a very different generation of people coming of age, with completely different conceptions of gender and sexuality,” said Jack Halberstam (formerly Judith), a transgender professor at the University of Southern California and the author, most recently, of “Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal.” “When you see terms like L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.,” Professor Halberstam added, “it’s because people are seeing all the things that fall out of the binary, and demanding that a name come into being.” And with a plethora of ever-expanding categories like “genderqueer” and “androgyne” to choose from, each with an online subculture, piecing together a gender identity can be as D.I.Y. As making a Pinterest board. BUT sometimes L.G.B.T.Q.I.A. Is not enough. At the University of Pennsylvania last fall, eight freshmen united in the frustration that no campus group represented them. Sure, Penn already had some two dozen gay student groups, including Queer People of Color, Lambda Alliance and J-Bagel, which bills itself as the university’s “Jewish L.G.B.T.Q.I.A. Community.” But none focused on gender identity (the closest, Trans Penn, mostly catered to faculty members and graduate students). Richard Parsons, an 18-year-old transgender male, discovered that when he attended a student mixer called the Gay Affair, sponsored by Penn’s L.G.B.T. Center. “I left thoroughly disappointed,” said Richard, a garrulous freshman with close-cropped hair, wire-framed glasses and preppy clothes, who added, “This is the L.G.B.T. Center, and it’s all gay guys.” Through Facebook, Richard and others started a group called Penn Non-Cis, which is short for “non-cisgender.” For those not fluent in gender-studies speak, “cis” means “on the same side as” and “cisgender” denotes someone whose gender identity matches his or her biology, which describes most of the student body. The group seeks to represent everyone else. “This is a freshman uprising,” Richard said. On a brisk Tuesday night in November, about 40 students crowded into the L.G.B.T. Center, a converted 19th-century carriage house, for the group’s inaugural open mike. The organizers had lured students by handing out fliers on campus while barking: “Free condoms! Free ChapStick!” “There’s a really vibrant L.G.B.T. Scene,” Kate Campbell, one of the M.C.’s, began. “However, that mostly encompasses the L.G.B. And not too much of the T. So we’re aiming to change that.” Students read poems and diary entries, and sang guitar ballads. Then Britt Gilbert — a punky-looking freshman with a blond bob, chunky glasses and a rock band T-shirt — took the stage. She wanted to talk about the concept of “bi-gender.” “Does anyone want to share what they think it is?” Silence. She explained that being bi-gender is like manifesting both masculine and feminine personas, almost as if one had a “detachable penis.” “Some days I wake up and think, ‘Why am I in this body?’ ” she said. “Most days I wake up and think, ‘What was I thinking yesterday?’ ” Britt’s grunginess belies a warm matter-of-factness, at least when describing her journey. As she elaborated afterward, she first heard the term “bi-gender” from Kate, who found it on Tumblr. The two met at freshman orientation and bonded. In high school, Kate identified as “agender” and used the singular pronoun “they”; she now sees her gender as an “amorphous blob.” By contrast, Britt’s evolution was more linear. She grew up in suburban Pennsylvania and never took to gender norms. As a child, she worshiped Cher and thought boy bands were icky. Playing video games, she dreaded having to choose male or female avatars. In middle school, she started calling herself bisexual and dated boys. By 10th grade, she had come out as a lesbian. Her parents thought it was a phase — until she brought home a girlfriend, Ash. But she still wasn’t settled. “While I definitely knew that I liked girls, I didn’t know that I was one,” Britt said. Sometimes she would leave the house in a dress and feel uncomfortable, as if she were wearing a Halloween costume. Other days, she felt fine. She wasn’t “trapped in the wrong body,” as the cliché has it — she just didn’t know which body she wanted. When Kate told her about the term “bi-gender,” it clicked instantly. “I knew what it was, before I knew what it was,” Britt said, adding that it is more fluid than “transgender” but less vague than “genderqueer” — a catchall term for nontraditional gender identities. At first, the only person she told was Ash, who responded, “It took you this long to figure it out?” For others, the concept was not so easy to grasp. Coming out as a lesbian had been relatively simple, Britt said, “since people know what that is.” But when she got to Penn, she was relieved to find a small community of freshmen who had gone through similar awakenings. Among them was Richard Parsons, the group’s most politically lucid member. Raised female, Richard grew up in Orlando, Fla., and realized he was transgender in high school. One summer, he wanted to room with a transgender friend at camp, but his mother objected. “She’s like, ‘Well, if you say that he’s a guy, then I don’t want you rooming with a guy,’ ” he recalled. “We were in a car and I basically blurted out, ‘I think I might be a guy, too!’ ” After much door-slamming and tears, Richard and his mother reconciled. But when she asked what to call him, he had no idea. He chose “Richard” on a whim, and later added a middle name, Matthew, because it means “gift of God.” By the time he got to Penn, he had been binding his breasts for more than two years and had developed back pain. At the open mike, he told a harrowing story about visiting the university health center for numbness and having a panic attack when he was escorted into a women’s changing room. Nevertheless, he praised the university for offering gender-neutral housing. The college’s medical program also covers sexual reassignment surgery, which, he added, “has heavily influenced my decision to probably go under the Penn insurance plan next year.” PENN has not always been so forward-thinking; a decade ago, the L.G.B.T. Center (nestled amid fraternity houses) was barely used. But in 2010, the university began reaching out to applicants whose essays raised gay themes. Last year, the gay newsmagazine The Advocate ranked Penn among the top 10 trans-friendly universities, alongside liberal standbys like New York University. More and more colleges, mostly in the Northeast, are catering to gender-nonconforming students. According to a survey by Campus Pride, at least 203 campuses now allow transgender students to room with their preferred gender; 49 have a process to change one’s name and gender in university records; and 57 cover hormone therapy. In December, the University of Iowa became the first to add a “transgender” checkbox to its college application. “I wrote about an experience I had with a drag queen as my application essay for all the Ivy Leagues I applied to,” said Santiago Cortes, one of the Penn students. “And I got into a few of the Ivy Leagues — Dartmouth, Columbia and Penn. Strangely not Brown.” But even these measures cannot keep pace with the demands of incoming students, who are challenging the curriculum much as gay activists did in the ’80s and ’90s. Rather than protest the lack of gay studies classes, they are critiquing existing ones for being too narrow. Several members of Penn Non-Cis had been complaining among themselves about a writing seminar they were taking called “Beyond ‘Will & Grace,’ ” which examined gay characters on shows like “Ellen,” “Glee” and “Modern Family.” The professor, Gail Shister, who is a lesbian, had criticized several students for using “L.G.B.T.Q.” in their essays, saying it was clunky, and proposed using “queer” instead. Some students found the suggestion offensive, including Britt Gilbert, who described Ms. Shister as “unaccepting of things that she doesn’t understand.” Ms. Shister, reached by phone, said the criticism was strictly grammatical. “I am all about economy of expression,” she said. “L.G.B.T.Q. Doesn’t exactly flow off the tongue. So I tell the students, ‘Don’t put in an acronym with five or six letters.’ ” One thing is clear. Ms. Shister, who is 60 and in 1979 became The Philadelphia Inquirer’s first female sportswriter, is of a different generation, a fact she acknowledges freely, even gratefully. “Frankly, I’m both proud and envious that these young people are growing up in an age where they’re free to love who they want,” she said. If history is any guide, the age gap won’t be so easy to overcome. As liberated gay men in the 1970s once baffled their pre-Stonewall forebears, the new gender outlaws, to borrow a phrase from the transgender writer Kate Bornstein, may soon be running ideological circles around their elders. Still, the alphabet soup of L.G.B.T.Q.I.A. May be difficult to sustain. “In the next 10 or 20 years, the various categories heaped under the umbrella of L.G.B.T. Will become quite quotidian,” Professor Halberstam said. Even at the open mike, as students picked at potato chips and pineapple slices, the bounds of identity politics were spilling over and becoming blurry. At one point, Santiago, a curly-haired freshman from Colombia, stood before the crowd. He and a friend had been pondering the limits of what he calls “L.G.B.T.Q. Plus.” “Why do only certain letters get to be in the full acronym?” he asked. Then he rattled off a list of gender identities, many culled from Wikipedia. “We have our lesbians, our gays,” he said, before adding, “bisexual, transsexual, queer, homosexual, asexual.” He took a breath and continued. “Pansexual. Omnisexual. Trisexual. Agender. Bi-gender. Third gender. Transgender. Transvestite. Intersexual. Two-spirit. Hijra. Polyamorous.” By now, the list had turned into free verse. He ended: “Undecided. Questioning. Other. Human.” The room burst into applause   more
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LGBTIQQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer, otherwise diverse in their sexuality and/or gender, or Questioning their sexuality, and/or gender)

Callahan EJ et al.: For all humans, sexual orientation and gender identity are essential elements of identity, informing how we plan and live our lives. The historic invisibility of sexual minorities in medicine has meant that these important aspect... s of their identities as patients have been ignored, with the result that these patients have been denied respect, culturally competent services, and proper treatment. Likely due to historic rejection and mistreatment, there is evidence of reluctance on the part of LGBT patients to disclose their sexual orientation (SO) or gender identity (GI) to their health care providers. There is some perception of risk in sharing SO and GI for many patients who have had bad prior experiences. Despite these risks, we argue that we can improve the quality of care provided this population only by encouraging them to self-identify and then using that information to improve quality of care. One strategy both to prompt patient self-identification and to store and use SO and GI data to improve care centers on the use of electronic health records. However, gathering SO and GI data in the EHR requires a workforce that knows both how to obtain and how to use that information. To develop these competencies, educational programs for health professionals must prepare students and educators to elicit and to use sexual orientation and gender identity information to improve care while simultaneously ensuring the safety of patients, trainees, and staff and faculty members as SO and GI become openly discussed and integral parts of ongoing medical discussion and care. As determination of SO and GI demographics becomes more common in health research, we will more fully understand the health risks for all the LGBTIQQ populations   more
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LGBTQQIP (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and pansexual)

Dan Joseph: For many years, the most popular acronym for those in the gay community has been "L.G.B.T," which stands for Lesbian. Gay. Bisexual and Transgendered. Recently, they added the letter "Q". The "Q" can stand for either "queer" or "ques... tioning" (someone who still isn't sure of their sexual identity). This is where things get a bit complex. Once the gay rights movement began gaining power, all sorts of letters, representing all sorts of different sexual preferences, started to be added to the mix. As it now stands, the acronym has grown. The most-recently updated acronym is now: "L.G.B.T.Q.Q.I.P.2S.A.A" ( Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Pansexual, 2-Spirited, Asexual and Ally) One young woman we spoke to identified herself as G.R.S.M or a Gender Sexual Romantic Minority. Confused yet? Just wait. MRCTV was at the Supreme Court during oral arguments in the latest case in the battle over gay marriage - where we asked some gay-rights supporters if they could explain the meaning, and distinctions, of some of these terms. Some other sexual orientation and gender terms include: Gender queer, gender fluid, gender-less, gynesexual, bigender, transsexual, transvestite, transitioning, agender, poly gender, androgynous, androsexual, pangender, omnisexual, omnigender, Demi sexual, skoliosexual, cisgender, third gender and boydyke. Some of these words are so new that my spell-checker is having an aneurysm. As you can see in the video, some of these terms overlap with each other. But, it would appear that the lesson is that, in the gay community these days, the lines separating gender and sexual preference are either being infinitely expanded or completely blurred   more
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PetersSmith says2015-05-27T21:09:57.5391649-05:00
3 were submitted. Give me a few minutes.
Brenden-Lawrence says2015-05-27T21:23:26.6071097-05:00
What about LGB (lesbian, gay, bi)
PetersSmith says2015-05-27T21:24:22.4398768-05:00
Reeseroni says2015-05-27T21:24:58.6378053-05:00
"LGBTTQQIAAP" Has more letters than people who would remember this acronym...
Brenden-Lawrence says2015-05-27T21:26:48.0394745-05:00
Ok geez, I wasn't sure if you had...
PetersSmith says2015-05-27T21:27:22.4957048-05:00
Brenden-Lawrence: I'm thorough.
PetersSmith says2015-05-27T21:29:09.4438487-05:00
YAY! It worked this time.
PetersSmith says2015-05-27T21:29:25.8574697-05:00
There's one more, the ultimate one, but there may be too many acronyms.
PetersSmith says2015-05-27T21:31:20.5004605-05:00
Brenden-Lawrence says2015-05-27T21:34:34.3354305-05:00
I support gay rights, but some of these are just ridiculous
PetersSmith says2015-05-27T21:35:55.5979141-05:00
Brenden-Lawrence: Wait until you see the one that keeps getting submitted.
Brenden-Lawrence says2015-05-27T21:37:10.7495932-05:00
PetersSmith, Oh boy.... (or girl or whatever you are)
Brenden-Lawrence says2015-05-27T21:37:35.0414162-05:00
These are crazy
Grace_loves_debate says2015-05-27T21:38:15.5138543-05:00
Where did the one i voted for go
PetersSmith says2015-05-27T21:38:23.3805033-05:00
Brenden-Lawrence: Female. And the option has 27 letters.
PetersSmith says2015-05-27T21:38:46.6094989-05:00
Grace_loves_debate: Which one is that?
Grace_loves_debate says2015-05-27T21:38:47.5143221-05:00
Never mind it was my computer not loading
Reeseroni says2015-05-27T21:41:58.5256197-05:00
What in the world denotes a binary man or woman? I don't see a basis for Skoliosexuals
PetersSmith says2015-05-27T21:44:11.8934393-05:00
Reeseroni: I just said Skoliosexual because I was testing the filter.
Reeseroni says2015-05-27T21:45:36.1277550-05:00
Aha, but its a thing tho.
PetersSmith says2015-05-27T21:48:31.7594596-05:00
Reeseroni: Yes, Skoliosexual is a thing. It's in the option that I can't post for some reason, so I was testing to see if that was what was causing it to not post.
BblackkBbirdd says2015-05-28T06:40:57.6165404-05:00
LGBTQQIP2SAA. People of the world, I introduce to you. The world's longest acronym! But seriously, does everything seriously need it's own label?
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-05-28T08:26:59.4368841-05:00
No ... No it doesnt.
Lexus says2015-05-28T08:43:04.3312930-05:00
I recognize ALL people but at a certain point it loses its impact. LGBT is fine.
Lexus says2015-05-28T08:43:39.4603476-05:00
By the way, I believe QUILTBAGPIPE is a very well known lgbtasdfasdf acronym
PatriotPerson says2015-05-28T09:46:47.6381471-05:00
You forgot "STUDMUFFIN"
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-05-28T09:58:16.4505854-05:00
You forgot ephebophilia, pedophilia, and object sexuality.
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-05-28T09:59:07.2131245-05:00
Maybe those fall under pansexual.
Reeseroni says2015-05-28T21:51:13.4375374-05:00
@Lexus Quiltbagpipe is quite the acronym, I must say.
Roodvlees says2015-05-29T04:01:45.7360956-05:00
People should just be allowed to be what they want and behave the way they want without being judged for it. Unless of course it harms others. Nobody's sexuality or identity should be considered illegal.
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-05-29T12:56:21.6386797-05:00
"People should just be allowed to be what they want and behave the way they want without being judged for it." Then people should live alone outside of the community, in total solitude? You're constantly being judged by others. Its part of life.
Sophia13 says2015-06-01T14:27:12.8826427-05:00
FreedomBeforeEquality: No, those are not sexualities, and they don't fall under pansexual, just to clarify.
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-06-01T15:10:40.4883880-05:00
How are they not?

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