LGBT 101: An introduction to the Queer community

LGBT 101: An introduction to the Queer community


hey everyone welcome to this super neat introduction to some concepts within the LGBT community there are so many buzzwords vocabulary and definitions floating around in the media it can be hard to dissect what it all means so this brief video will introduce you to some basic concepts okay there’s a lot to get through first the lgbtq+ acronym let’s break that down lesbian gay bisexual transgender queer questioning intersex asexual a lie now all of these words deal with one of four key traits every person queer or not has biological sex is the physical anatomy with which you are born gender identity is the personal feeling and conceptualization of one’s own gender on the spectrum between male and female sexual orientation is the gender to which a person is attracted either romantically or sexually in relation to their own gender expression is how a person chooses to outwardly show their gender identity in simple terms biological sex what you have gender identity what you feel sexual orientation who you love gender expression how you look and act okay we just broke down the acronym and we talked about the four traits now let’s put them together lesbian gay bisexual and asexual refer to sexual orientation intersex refers to differences in biological sex which can also be related to being transgender and both of those are related to gender identity queer is an umbrella term used by most of the community to refer to anyone who identifies as part of the community questioning refers to people who are you guessed it still questioning their sexuality or gender allies are non queer folk who support and love the queer community now the first idea to talk about is that of a spectrum the lgbtq+ community widely accepts that the four aforementioned traits are all on a spectrum a scale between two opposite points traits can fall on either extreme or anywhere in between alright let’s jump in and start with terms relating to generate entity biological sex the extremes on this spectrum are biological male and female these are determined mainly by hormones and organs for males this means testosterone a penis testes and secondary sex characteristics like body and facial hair and a lower voice for females this means estrogen a vagina and the internal reproductive organs for pregnancy female secondary sex characteristics include breasts wider hips and higher voice intersex is the term used to describe people whose combination of hormones internal sex organs and genitals do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies gender another spectrum is the scale between boy and girl boys may use masculine pronouns he/him/his and feel masculine girls use she/her pronouns and feel feminine anyone who identifies outside the gender binary falls under the umbrella term of genderqueer halfway between the extremes is gender-neutral this means someone who identifies as neither a man nor a woman they often choose neutral pronouns they/them/their or a variation of the invented pronouns z zu z someone who is gender fluid may identified differently at different times a by gender person lives their life at both extremes at different times living both as a man and as a woman with both gender fluid and by gender people it is important to listen and respect the appropriate pronoun for the situation a gender people don’t identify with any gender and often use gender-neutral pronouns so we already established that gender identity is the gender you feel inside when your internal gender identity matches you’re born biological sex that’s called cisgender if they don’t match transgender transgender people experience gender dysphoria or the uncomfortable feeling that their mind and body don’t match often trans people will choose to transition using hormone replacement therapy and/or various surgeries to change their bodies to match their identity it is never okay to ask a trans person where they are in their transition if they want you to know they’ll tell you mind body alignment also lies on a spectrum gender expression is how people choose to show their gender to the outside world this refers to the ways in which we each manifest a masculinity or femininity it is usually an extension of gender identity each of us expresses a particular gender every day the clothes we wear how we style our hair or even the way we stand drag kings and queens are people who explore gender as an art form their cross dressing is a form of gender expression but you cannot assume anything about their gender identity or sexual orientation based on how they choose to dress speaking of sexual orientation that’s our last spectrum and it refers to whom you are attracted on one end we have heterosexual or attraction to someone of the opposite gender opposing Li there is homosexual or attraction to the same gender in between is bisexual attraction to both genders pansexuality is attraction to all genders including those that lay outside the binary someone who is asexual is not attracted to any gender attraction can be broken down even further into both romantic and sexual one is an emotional attraction the other is physical these attractions do not always have to align for example someone can be panromantic emotionally attracted to all genders but asexual not physically attracted to any gender there are several other more nuanced prefixes demi Scully Oh Polly to name a few other genders such as third gender and two-spirit also exist some of these identities can be confusing and hard to understand if you’ve never been exposed to that before but if a person defines themselves in a way that is new to you it is okay even important to respectfully ask what that identity means to them these are just a few of some offensive and hurtful terms that are used to describe some people in the LGBTQ community these terms are mostly old-fashioned and are often used out of ignorance rather than malice however they can all be slurs used maliciously on purpose to hurt people’s feelings but the biggest message you should take away from this video is the importance of letting someone define their own gender and sexuality respect their pronouns respect their chosen name respect their appearance and respect their choice and partners share this video on your favorite social media platform and spread the word use these new vocab words to define yourself I am a gay cisgender female who are you

11 thoughts on “LGBT 101: An introduction to the Queer community

  1. This seriously needs to be a mandatory class in school. Almost all my life I learned that there were only two genders, one attraction: male and female, guys like girls, girls like guys. I was completely unaware that this existed until maybe a couple of years ago. I'm sure a lot of people feel this way too. Having this as an official class would make everyone understand!

  2. I’m a amour-proper persley cleavage climbing angel ripping neoromancer who happened to love dicks.

    Q. Why lgbt community still not including incestors, pedophiles, beastial, necrophiles and rapesexual peoples. These are orientation too.

  3. im still questioning my sexuality although i am 10. Is something wrong with that? I've had so many girl crushes. Trust me im really new to this— my life is gonna change lmAo. Edit : should i come out because honestly im afraid of what would happen. I am not trying to say it's easy to make a choice. I do not crossdress, i've liked boys, i like some girls, but what would i be if i joined the community? Oh god this makes me stressed.

  4. My questions:
    1. Can you be pansexual without knowing any trans people?
    2. Does being pansexual include having an attraction gender neutral people?
    3. Is there any sexuality where you are ONLY attracted to gender neutral people?

    I just say I'm pansexual, even though I don't know any trans people yet, (jk I don't physically say that cuz I'm not even out yet 👌👌👌👌)

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