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26th April, 2017   |    By C   |    3 min read

Most of us would know that this acronym stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
But how many people know what the ‘+’ stands for?
There are names for sexualities and genders that some of you guys wouldn’t even know existed and I admit that I am no expert myself so I won’t go into detail about them.

  • Demisexual
  • Asexual
  • GenderQueer
  • Intersex
  • Pansexual
  • Ally
  • Questioning

These are just a small handful

How many people would know what I was talking about if I identified myself as a cis-woman or as a genderless bicurious?
I know what a lot of you guys are thinking ‘Why so many labels?’and ‘Is it really necessary?’

And here is my opinion!

Some people don’t like having these labels and that is their right.
Some people live by their labels and that is their right.
basically, everyone has a right to be who they are and identify as what they wish, as long a person gets to choose what they identify as rather then a label
being thrust upon them by someone trying to put them down.

I believe that most people struggle with their personal identity as they are growing up. Working on things like gaining self confidence, figuring out future plans,
homework, making friends and such, it’s a hard yakka, having people assume things about you because of the way you identify yourself should be one of the last things
you need to think about!
but it does happen.
and here is where both the internet and knowledge can play such a positive role.
You can do your research online and after figuring out and deciding that you identify as an asexual you can then branch out to the many support groups, meetup groups and basically know that you aren’t alone with the way that you are feeling.

Some people figure out their sexuality and that’s enough for them. They don’t feel the need to change anything, join any groups, tell anyone, it’s automatically a part of their lives, they know they aren’t alone and that is that.

I don’t think it’s necessary to ask someone how they identify themselves, I think that’s quite rude but if someone mentions their sexuality and you haven’t heard of it before, feel free to ask what it means, as long as you’re polite, the person isn’t going to bite your head off, if the person decides to tell you and enlighten your curiosity, don’t turn around and make negative remarks about it.

It may seem like a big, confusing web of useless words to a lot of people but for the many, many people struggling and questioning themselves, can’t everyone just show a bit of kindness and respect people for what they identify as because when it comes down to it, that is 100% who they are and who they are, matters.

C


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