June is National Pride Month, in memory of the 1969 Stonewall riots, which sparked the fight for civil rights within the Queer community.
the beautiful colors of the rainbow, sexuality & gender lie on a spectrum. Do
you know what each letter of the LGBTQQIAAP+ acronym stands for? If not, let me
break it down for you!
|The "Lipstick Lesbian" Flag|
– any woman attracted to other women (the term was derived
from the history of the Greek island of Lesbos, where a renowned poet named Sappho lived and wrote fondly and erotically about her love of women in 6th century B.C.)
|The "Gay Pride" Flag|
– refers to any one of a same-sex orientation, but
specifically of male gender (men attracted to other men)
|The "Bisexuality" Flag|
– anyone attracted to more than one gender
|The "Transgender" Flag|
– People who identify with a different gender than that
assigned to them by society based on their biological sex. Gender is a social
construct, not to be confused with “Sex.” Sex is of a physical nature while “Gender”
is mental/emotional. Included within this category are people who consider themselves Transsexual
(using hormones or surgery to gain physiological attributes of the opposite sex, transgender men & transgender women), Agender, Gender-Non-conforming,
and Gender Fluid.
|The "Queer Pride" Flag|
- People who don’t want to label themselves by their sexual acts but do want ownership in being different. Reclaimed from a hate term, the word
“Queer” can still be highly offensive, depending on usage. Queer can also be used as an umbrella term to denote the entire community or an individual within it.
– anyone still working out their sexual
orientation or gender identity.
|The "Intersexuality" Flag|
– anyone born with a body not clearly identifiable as female or male. In some cases, this may be known as a hermaphrodite, though this term is more often used as a scientific description of animals, not suitable for humans.
|The "Asexuality" Flag|
– anyone who does not feel sexually attracted to anyone else. However,
the Asexual, or “Ace” community has its own spectrum and may include
individuals who are interested in romantic relationships, but not sex. For
instance, if you are in the Asexual category, you can be considered “Gray”
meaning you are between Asexual or Sexual, or you can be Demisexual, in which
you need a strong emotional attachment in order to be sexually attracted to
someone. When it comes to romance, you can be Hetero-Romantic, Homo-Romantic,
Bi-Romantic, Pan-Romantic, A-Romantic, etc.
|Asexual Romanticism can seem a bit complex. |
|The "Straight Ally" Flag|
– Any straight or cisgender person who supports the queer community.
|The "Pansexuality" Flag|
– the prefix "pan" meaning "any," a person who can develop attraction to any gender. Often interested in others based on personality and not sexual
orientation/identity or gender expression/identity. Often has attraction with an emphasis on androgyny, non-binary folx, or alternative gender identities aside from cisgender men & women primarily.
The “+” or “Plus sign” in the acronym is used to represent all other
sexualities/gender identities not already featured. Those may encompass any of
|The "Two Spirit" (2S) Flag|
- Two-spirit. The visionaries & healers of
aboriginal communities, the gay & lesbian shamans. Known to fulfill a "3rd gender" role within indigenous cultures. (Sometimes added to the acronym, represented by “2S”)
|The "Polyamory" Flag|
– anyone interested or capable of having multiple
relationships at once, ethically. (Opposite of Monogamous.) Not to be confused with
Polygamy, which means having many marriages.
- a young, urban, heterosexual male with
liberal political views, an interest in fashion, & a refined sense of taste.
Bear, Otter, Wolf, and Cub – Within the Gay male community, there are classifications based on body type/appearance. For instance, a Bear is
considered a man who is husky, thick, and covered in body hair. You can do more
research in case you’re interested in learning about the others. (Check out
this website: Gay Men, Are you a Jock, Otter, Bear, or Wolf? )
|The "Bear" Flag|
– anyone interested in or sexually attracted
to others’ intelligence
|The "Gynephilia" Flag|
|The "Androphilia Flag"|
Gynephilia and Androphilia
science terms that can be used as an alternative to heterosexuality and
homosexuality. Androphilia is the attraction to men or masculine qualities,
while Gynephilia signifies being attracted to women or feminine qualities.
|The "Autosexuality" Flag|
Autosexual: a person who is not necessarily attracted
to others sexually or successful at responding to others sexually, but can
satisfy themselves through touch (i.e. masturbation) Term coined by Bernard
Apfelbaum in his research on sex therapy.
|The "Polysexuality" Flag|
Polysexual – being attracted to many sexes. Both
Bisexuality and Pansexuality are regarded as forms of Polysexuality.
|The "Skoliosexuality" Flag|
attracted to someone who does not fit the gender binary. (as in finding someone
who is not Cisgender attractive, like falling in love with a person who is Transgender for
|The "Androgyny" Flag|
Androgynous – someone whose gender or sex is ambiguous
or not easily identifiable. I think Jeffree Star is a great example of this.
|Jeffree Star being his fierce, fabulous, androgynous self!|
|The "Lithromantic" Flag|
– a person who may theoretically enjoy romantic
relationships, but is not necessarily sexual. This identity may also include someone who becomes romantically attached to others but does not want it to be reciprocated. Part of the Ace, Gray-romantics spectrum.
|The "Demiromantic" Flag|
– a person who can only develop a romantic
(non-sexual) attraction for someone if they have a strong emotional connection.
(Like the romantic version of Demisexual, also part of the Ace, Gray-romantics spectrum)
|The "Neutrois" Flag|
– a person who considers themselves
genderless. May include Agender/Gender-Nonconforming. (part of the
And there are
several other gender identities/sexual orientations that may not be determined or
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what about "heteroflexible"??ReplyDelete