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 Lesbian Community

Just like I did “A note on…” I’d like to start a new segment of going through the acronym. I won’t do LGBTQIA, because I’ve already discussed the intersex and ally community. I also won’t LGBTQQIP2SAA because I’ve discussed most of that: Questioning, Intersex, Pansexual, and Allies in previous post. I’ll definitely do a post…

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 Fearing Your Sexuality

One thing I think alot of members of the LGBTQ Community go through is repressing their sexual identities. This can happen for many reasons, but I think the most popular include fear of rejection, acceptance, and shame. We are oftentimes taught that identifying within this community is bad, that they have a harder life, or…

A Note on the Pansexual Community

Pansexuality is a fairly new identity. It’s first use probably happened no earlier than maybe 2010. It is often confused with bisexuality. Just like the definition of bisexuality routes from the beginning “bi” meaning two, pansexuality routes from “pan” which means all. A more formal definition of a pansexual is a person who is emotionally,…

A Note on Outing

So, outing. Yeah, I hate outing. It makes me think of Shane from MTV’s “Faking It” or Finn from “Glee.” Outing is when someone discloses information about another’s sexual orientation or gender identity without their knowledge and/or consent. Here are a few examples of how someone can be outed Friends talking about a certain identity…

A Note on Labels

Labels. They’re everywhere. On food, clothing, and even on people. Sexual orientation. Romantic orientation. Gender. Sex. Age. Even Appearance. Sometimes these words can really make a person feel like they’re such inside a box filled with stereotypes and expectations that come along with the identity. Which is no way to live. However, identifying with certain…

A Note on the Kinsey Scale

The Kinsey Scale is the continuum model devised by Alfred Kinsey in 1948 that plotted sexuality from 0 to 6; 0 being exclusively heterosexual and 6 being exclusively homosexual. It was the first scale to account for bisexuality. According to a 1954 survey using the scale, 70% of people fell between 1 and 5. It’s…

A Note on Intersectionality

As always, the definition: Intersectionality can be defined as the intersections between systems of oppressions, often focusing on identity through race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and age. I think intersectionality can often be a good way to recognize privilege within society. Some examples of intersections of queer identities include: Middleclass queer women Queer people of…

A Note on Allyship

The definition I feel really encompasses, provided by my university’s LGBTQ Center defines an ally as someone who: Believes that it is in their self-interest to be an ally to LGBTQ individuals is committed to developing an understanding of LGBTQ issues and works to be comfortable with their knowledge of sexual orientation, gender identity and…