The problem with the LGBTQIA+ acronym: Difference between gender & sexual orientation

MYTHBUSTING – Common misconception about trans* identity: that it’s about sexual orientation. That’s the problem with trans* issues, identities and rights being lumped into the LGBTQIA+ acronym. In the LGBTQIA+, LGB (lesbian, gay and bisexual) and A (asexual) are to do with sexuality and/or sexual orientation. The T (transgender and trans*) and I (intersex*) have to do with gender identity (T and Q) and biological gender (I), NOT sexual orientation.

Transgender, trans*, gender non-conforming, non-binary, genderqueer + people’s gender identity is, as it is for hetero, homo and bi people, a separate issue to their sexual orientation, e.g. a transgender person can be hetero, homo, bi, asexual or anything else they identify with. Please don’t confuse gender and sexual orientation, and please ask questions.‪ #‎mythbusting‬

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5 thoughts on “The problem with the LGBTQIA+ acronym: Difference between gender & sexual orientation

  1. Oddly enough, one of the problems with the acronym is that some people assume you can only be one of the list A, B, C, or D – and have a lot of trouble wrapping their brains around gay trans men, lesbian trans women, or people like me who identify as butch and trans*.

    On the other hand, it is a useful alliance against the political and/or religious powers that try to make everything heteronormative. And what pisses those people off is sex and gender non-conformance which is where some segments of the community overlap.

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    • Exactly! There really is this “one size fits all” mentality, but it’s not just from the general community. The biggest problem is erasure of diversity that happens within the trans community itself.

      But yes, as you say, the acronym is useful in its political sense.

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  2. Thanks for pointing out the distinction! Lol, I’m MtF, and, as male I’m heterosexual, and as female I’m attracted to non-butch women and heterosexual men. *sips beer*

    Political and sociological benefit, agree.

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  3. Yes to all of the above!!! I live in such a queer bubble sometimes that I forget people don’t know this stuff. Having said that, I’m constantly learning new things about sex, sexuality and gender so it’s so great to keep these conversations going and get more people talking about it 🙂

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