Swimwear and the LGBTQ+ Community

Now that summer is here, so is hot weather, and swimwear. While it’s probably not an intersection many people think of, swimwear can present struggles for those who are part of the LGBTQ+ Community, with its range of gender identities and expressions. This is going to get a little fashion-themed, but for a good cause!…

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 Queer People of Color

In light of the recent tragedy, I was going to write up a list of LGBTQ books, to put out something happy and offer a distraction while you may be coping. But that would be ignoring the issue at hand. While we certain need to try and take action, we also need to keep talking…

On Reacting to People’s Verbal Mistakes

If you’re someone who is passionate or even just educated on the LGBTQ Community, you tend to see the world a little bit differently. There’s a good chance that you recognize when gender roles are being assigned, when gender identity and sexual orientation are assumed, and you probably catch microagressions easily. It can be hard…

On the Two Spirit Community

While most people just use LGBTQ, the full acronym is LGBTQQIP2SAA: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Pansexual, Two Spirit, Asexual, Ally. To be inclusive the full LGBTQQIP2SAA acronym, the last identity to cover on my blog is the 2S, or Two Spirit. Two Spirit is a Native America term for people who blend…

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 TheTransgender Community

Switching from sexuality to gender, this article is all about the transgender community. Transgender is an umbrella term for those individuals whose gender identity does not match with that assigned for their physical sex. It includes, among others, transmen, transwomen, genderqueer people, crossdressers, and drag queens/kings. In its general sense, it refers to anyone whose…

On the Gay Community

After “L” for lesbians in LGBTQ, is “G” for gay. I decided to go with the gay community because as you’ll see, gay can encompass many identities. Gay is used to refer to all people, regardless of sex, who have their primary sexual and/or romantic attractions to people of the same sex. It can also…

On the Intersex Community

In the past I’ve talked about intersectionality, but not this word that sounds similar, but means something totally different: intersexuality. I mentioned this in my list of genders, but I’d like to go more into the identity now. Intersex is the term used for a variety of medical conditions in which a person is born…

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…