A bewildering array of terms, and more are in the offing
The editors of Gaystarnews.com also came up with this:
We’ve also now come up with a list of five alternative terms to use instead of LGBT.
1. DGS: Diverse Genders and Sexualities
This is also known as Gender and Sexual Diversity (GSD)
2. MOGAI: Marginalized Orientations, Gender And Intersex
Inclusive umbrella term (see also: MOGII – Marginalized Orientation, Gender Identity, and Intersex)
3. GSM: Gender and Sexual Minorities
This could be anyone who doesn’t identify as cisgender and/or heterosexual
4. QUILTBAG: Queer/Questioning, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Trans (Transgender/Transsexual), Bisexual, Asexual, and/or Gay/Genderqueer.
Author Sadie Lee coined this term in 2006 as a handy mnemonic device.
This term is very popular among certain demographics (especially younger generations). Historically used as an insult, younger LGBTI people are reclaiming the word as a form of empowerment. But for many, the stigma, shame and negative connotations of the word still persist (particularly in older generations). Queer is also a widely used term in academia (i.e. ‘queer theory’) as well as in reference to art, film and TV.
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