Happy PRIDE month everyone! As you all may know, June is celebrated as gay pride month to commemorate the stonewall riots which occurred in June 1969. Many countries like India, Norway, Australia, have legalized LGBTQI+. Denmark being the very first to have legalized same-sex/gender unions/marriages.
The community has been recognized in and around 30 countries and are actively being spoken about but they constantly face the wrath of unemployment, sexual abuse, human trafficking, and other inhumane treatment. So let’s take a small step to be a bit less ignorant.
Step 1 – Know whether you are homophobic.
Most of the homophobia is internalized.
*Using words like gay, lesbian, trans as an insult.
*Not speaking to the gay colleague in the office much cause people might think otherwise of you.
*You still think of HIV as a gay disease.
Real quick Fact check- Anal sex is the riskiest way for transmitting HIV and not your sexual orientation.
Here is a small story on Oprah Daily about Homophobia https://www.oprahdaily.com/life/a22676526/defining-homophobia/ totally worth a read!
Step 2 – What does LGBTQI+ stands for?
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer,
Intersex, Asexual and the “+” here denotes other
unidentified sexual orientations.
What is sexual orientation?
Sexual orientation is the emotional, sexual, and romantic attraction towards another person.
Difference between Gender, Sex, and Sexuality.
Step 4-Know what the terms stand for.
Lesbian- Women attracted to women, also used for non-binary individuals who are attracted to womanhood or feminine traits.
Gay- Men who are attracted to men and also used as a generic term for the LGBTQ community.
Bisexual- Men and women who are attracted to both the genders or sexuality.
Trans- People who are anatomically described as male or female but identify as the opposite genders.
Queer- It is defined as a way to not mold to social norms.
Intersex- Is a group of medical conditions when there is a difference between the external and internal reproductive organs.
Asexual- It is the lack of sexual attraction towards others however they can be romantically or emotionally attracted to people.
Read more about the terms here– https://www.verywellmind.com/what-does-lgbtq-mean-5069804
So when asked what is it that differentiates a straight person from a gay one? All I can think of is they are human and what makes the difference is not who they identify as, and is bent over what the society has defined “Normal” to be. I flinch even as I say ‘they’ cause there is actually no they, THEY ARE US.
I’ll be soon posting more on LGBTQI+ and how you can support the community and their work, so stay tuned and remember “Love is Love”.
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