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LGBTQIA+: Exploring the LGBTQIA+ Community

There are many other terms that fall under the umbrella of the LGBTQIA+ community, yet when one hears the phrase, they typically only think of gays, lesbians, and transgender people. This June month is commonly referred to as “The Pride Month”. I’ll be discussing a few terms related to the LGBTQIA+ community in this post, although there are many more.

1 Lesbian

Lesbian LGBTQIA+
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The letter L comes in the beginning of the LGBTQIA+ community, so let’s start with it. L stands for Lesbian. Lesbian stands for when a Woman or girl who has romantic, emotional, and sexual attraction towards another woman or girl. The phrase comes from Sappho, a poet who lived in the 7th century BCE on the Greek island of Lesbos and wrote poems expressing affection and desire for women. So now we have talked about letter L. Let’s continue with other letters.

2 Gay

Gay LGBTQIA+
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The Second letter is Letter G. It stands in LGBTQIA+ community for Gay. when a boy or a man fall in love or have sexually and emotional attraction towards another boy or man that is what being gay is. Similar to other sexual orientations, gay is a normal part of human diversity, and people have varied methods of embracing who they are. It’s important to remember that the term “gay” can also refer more widely to anybody who identifies as not heterosexual, such as lesbians and bisexual people.

3 Bisexual

Bisexual LGBTQIA+
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B stands for Bisexual. Bisexual in LGBTQIA+ Community stands for when one fall in love, having sexual attraction, and emotional attraction towards the same gender or the opposite gender. Most persons who are attracted to both homosexuals and heterosexuals are referred to as bisexuals. There have been reports of bisexuality in a number of human communities, as well as in other animal kingdoms. It is something that is natural and one should accept it, rather than fighting with it. 

4 Transgender

Transgender LGBTQIA+
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After B letter T comes. T stands for Trandsgender in LGBTQIA+ community, Being transgender refers to having a gender identification that differs from the gender assigned to you by your doctor at birth based on the appearance of your body. They are  also known as trans people. Transgender is also an umbrella term that can refer to non-binary or genderqueer individuals in addition to those whose gender identification is the opposite of their assigned sex at birth.

5 Queer

Queer
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Q in LGBTQIA+ stands for Queer. The term “queer” refers to gender identities and sexual orientations other than cisgender and heterosexual. It can refer to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals as well. The term “queer” can describe a variety of complex sexualities and gender identities that don’t cleanly fit into binary classifications such as gay or straight, male or female, or that fluctuate over time. The fun fact about the term Queer is that in the past people used it to disrespect the LGBTQ community.

6 Intersex

The next letter is I in the LGBTQIA+. Individuals who identify as intersex have reproductive organs, chromosomes, or genitalia that don’t conform to the traditional male/female sex dichotomy. They may have characteristics of both reproductive organs, or their genitalia may not match. Intersex can show signs at birth, during infancy, as an adult, or never. It is not a sickness, disease, or condition to be intersex. You don’t require any extra care or therapies since you’re intersex. However, some intersex individuals prefer gender affirmation treatments when their gender doesn’t match the one assigned to them at birth.

7 Asexual

Asexual
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Asexual is next in line. An asexual person is someone who does not experience sexual attraction towards people of any gender. They may choose to engage in sexual activities for various reasons, such as personal pleasure, satisfying their romantic partner, or to have children, even if they don’t feel sexually attracted to someone. Asexuality is not a medical illness; rather, it is an identity and sexual orientation. A person does not have to be sexually attracted to be healthy.

8 Demisexual

Demisexual
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Demisexual also comes under the umbrella od LGBTQIA+ community. Demisexual is something when a person is sexually attracted to someone only when they have developed a strong emotional bond with the other person. Most persons who identify as demisexual rarely experience sexual attraction in comparison to the overall population. Some people are hardly interested in having sex. The fun fact about Demisexual is that Demigirl and Demiboy have different flags.

9 Pansexual

Pansexual
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Pansexual is another term that comes under the umbrella of LGBTQIA+. Pansexual people fall in love with people and with their gender. That means Pansexual people get attracted to people regarding their gender. ‘Pan’ in Pansexaul is a prefix which means all, that means they love each and every person for who they really are. There are differences between the terms “bisexual” and “pansexual,” despite the fact that some individuals use them synonymously.

10 Trigender

Trigender
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Trigender is another term that comes under the LGBTQIA+ community. Trigender is a term for gender identification that literally translates to “triple gender” or “three genders.” Those who identify as trigender either experience all three gender identities at the same time or in different combinations. These three gender identities might be non-binary, masculine, or female. Refer to multi gender for individuals who identify with different gender identities. People who identify as trigender may also identify as transgender, non-binary, or multi gender.

In Conclusion

There are many other terms that comes under the umbrella of  LGBTQIA+ community. We should always respect and accept who we are rather than fighting with ourselves and trying to change who we are. Because in the end LOVE IS LOVE.

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