Did you know there's an invisible asterisk at the end of LGBT?
Not much of a shock, right? I think we all realize there's more to our rainbow family than just gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender. It reminds me of that advertisement "My bologna has a first name..." except in this case it's "My rainbow has a first name. It's LGBT." So what's the rest?
It goes like this: LGBTTIQQ2SA. Yeah, that's why it always gets shortened to LGBT. There are even more letters hidden in this extended version because A and T represent a spectrum of different people but in order to show that we'd have to go 3-D and while it would make a cool t-shirt, it wouldn't fit so well in a news headline.
For the sake of those just climbing out of their caves and confronting equality for the first time, it's better to keep it simple. There are days I think even LGBT is too complicated. However, for those of us who already have a grip on those four letters let's spell out the rest.
L - Lesbian
G - Gay
B - Bisexual (Not code for part-time gay)
T - Transgender
T - Transexual (Not just another word for transgender)
I - Intersex
Q - Queer (Not just another word for gay)
Q - Questioning
2S - Two Spirit (applies most often to those in the First Nation or "Native American" culture.)
A - Asexual.
In some organizations the "A" stands for allies but while we love our straight allies, not everyone thinks they need a spot within the rainbow.
LGBTTIQQ2SA will probably grow as time goes on. It's already missing a "P" for Pansexual since Pan- and Bi- are not the same thing. At some point I expect it to outgrow the acronym and become a fancy, swirly little symbol. Hey, if Prince can do it so can we.
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is the answer.