LGBTQIA+ Visibility/Chat Thread
So, we haven't had a thread like this in ages, if ever at all. There used to be threads asking what your sexual orientation has, or if you were trans or not, but never really a thread for general discussion and visibility surrounding what it is to be queer and/or trans. ZU has always been a more left leaning forum, with a long history of various members who have fit under the LGBTQ+ community, mods and admins included, so I know that there are plenty of people on here who are LGBT+. Perhaps there are members who are on here, but wish that they could get to know more of their own kin. There could be people who aren't out, or don't feel comfortable being visibly queer/trans in real life, who may want to connect with people who could understand them better. There could be people who have been there and done that, but still are down to meet new people who are queer and/or trans.
That's the point of this thread. It isn't necessarily just for the purposes of stating whether you're queer or not, or if you're trans, but that's certainly welcome. This is more to shed visibility among members and to talk about what it is to be us. Whether you're new or experienced, this thread is about general intermingling and discussion about being LGBT+, and showing visibility. Obviously, out lives don't revolve around being queer and/or trans, but it's nice to connect.
I'll start off by stating some things about myself. I am a 23-year-old transgender woman who is bisexual, but leans a little more towards men. I -kind of- for into the intersex category depending on how you look at things. Before I got on hormone therapy, I had developed hormone imbalances and nearly every sign of testosterone deficiencies. I developed things that the stereotypical boy shouldn't have developed during puberty, which makes me wonder if I am XX in chromosomes, but born with a penis, which is entirely possible, as I have a friend who is exactly that. I don't really feel compelled to get tested or whatever, though. I had gender dysphoria for all sorts of reasons, but I started my transition when I was nineteen. It probably helped that I have lived in California my while l life, but I've been through the process of getting on hormones and completely changing one's identity legally. I came from a rural upbringing, though, so that made things hella confusing until I used the internet to connect to people.
Also worth noting, all allies are welcome!
Because people asked, it shall be received. For those who may feel confused in their identity, or those who would like to freshen up, since there are quite a lot of terms.
LGBTQIA+ Terms and Definitions:
An umbrella term which stands for “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, plus more” and refers to the community of people that are either not straight or not cisgender. Sometimes shortened to just LGBTA+ or LGBT+.
Gender and sexual minorities, another umbrella term for the community.
An umbrella term which broadly refers to anyone in the LGBTA+ or GSM communities. Some LGBTA+/GSM people don’t like the word “queer” due to a history of pejorative connotations and therefore do not identify with the word, so make sure you check before using it. Some people use the word “queer” instead of choosing any more specific terms to refer to their gender or sexuality.
Strictly speaking, “gay” refers to homosexual men. However, the term broadly refers to anyone who is attracted to the same gender, including lesbians and bisexual people.
Attraction to more than one gender.
A less common term that also refers to attraction to multiple genders.
Often defined as attraction regardless of gender, or attraction to all genders. In practice, pansexuality is often not distinguishable from bisexuality or polysexuality.
A lack of sexual attraction to any gender. Some asexual people might also be aromantic, having no romantic attractions either, while others might still be interested in romantic relationships. Often shortened to “ace”.
When someone feels mild or limited sexual attraction to others. People who are greysexual can lean any way.
When someone doesn’t feel romantic attraction to others.
Included under the asexuality umbrella, this includes asexual people who experience sexual attraction only for those they share a close personal bond with.
Anyone who identifies as the gender they were assigned at birth. Often shortened to “cis”.
Simply, anyone who isn’t cisgender. In other words, anyone who does not identify with the gender that they were assigned at birth. Often shortened to “trans”, it’s important to remember that “transgender/trans” is an adjective and not a noun or verb. Do not say “a transgender” or “transgendered people”; instead say “a trans woman,” “a transgender person,” etc.
An older term included under the trans umbrella. Not all transgender people identify as transsexual and some might be offended by the term. Some people use the word to refer specifically to trans people who seek or have had gender-affirming medical procedures.
A term under the trans umbrella that includes people who do not strictly identify as either a man or a woman.
A term under the trans and non-binary umbrellas, referring to people whose gender identity changes over time.
When someone questions their identity, wondering if they aren’t who they thought they were, or who they were expected to be. This applies both to gender and sexual orientation.
ZU LGBTQIA+ discord server specifically for those who are queer, trans, intersex, ace, and questioning. Contact myself or @Napstablook if you want to join.
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