IMO: On Queer Misconceptions

Queer identities are complex, filled with intersections and language that not everyone understands. It can be frustrating when someone doesn’t understand something that might be a big part of your identity, which is where the education comes in. Here are some of the most popular things I think folks don’t really understand about the queer…

On Inclusive Language

Language is very important, especially when trying to include everyone, including those within the LGBTQ Community. This means using inclusive language, by including everyone and not making assumptions about people’s identities. Here’s just a small list of common words and phrases that are not inclusive and what to say instead. I hope you’ll take this…

On Erasure

Erasure, commonly seen in many LGBTQ sexualities and gender identities, is the act of erasing something. As much as sexuality and gender are fluid, and as progressive as our society may be, erasure is working to hold back the idea of acceptance and leads to negative views of the LGBTQ community. Sexual fluidity is being…

On Ace Identities

Just like gender, sexuality also has a spectrum. Within asexuality, there is a spectrum of different identities. First, when I titled this ace, this is the abbreviation for asexual. The word is often used to refer to asexual people in a similar manner as “gay” or “straight” are used. Asexuality is an identity of someone…

On Romantic Orientation

While I’ve talking about pronouns, sexuality, fluidity, and genders, I never wrote a piece on romantic orientation. If you’re reading this, you probably know that sex and gender are different, but something that does not really get talked about is romantic orientation. Romantic orientation refers to variations in object of emotional and sexual attraction. The…

Pros and Cons of Being Out and Proud

As I’ve mentioned, I’m really out and proud about my identity, at least on my college campus. I really love this about myself and my very happy I’m out the closet and prideful. However, as great as it, sometimes, just like everything else in life, it does have its disadvantages. With these recent realizations, I…

A note on Fluidity

Before I start, let me just accurately define the identity of sexually/gender fluid: a sexual or gender identity that exists beyond a binary system of either gay or straight, man or woman. People with a fluid identity may resist using labels or choosing boxes to define themselves. Also used by people whose sexual or gender…

A note on the Demisexual Community

Just like lesbian, gay, and bisexual, demisexual is also a sexual identity. A demisexual is defined as  a person who does not experience sexual attraction unless they have a strong emotional connection (such as a romantic relationship or deep friendship). Demisexuality is not a choice, it is an innate orientation. It falls under the asexuality spectrum,…

5 Queer Identities You’ve Probably Never Heard of

LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer or Questioning. However, there are so many other identities in addition to those in the acronym. As college students, we are still young and finding ourselves, and these identities really give you a lot of freedom to do that. It’s nice to be able to understand…