An A To Z Guide To Pride
Romario Conrado Student, UC Berkeley
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It’s Pride month! Want to learn more about the community this month is dedicated to? Here’s an easy read to catch up on various identities, ideas and figures in the LGBTQ community.
A as in Asexual, a low or absent desire for sexual activity.
B as in Bisexual, attraction — emotionally, romantically, or sexually — to more than one sex.
C as in the Castro District, one of the first gay neighborhoods in the United States. It is located in San Francsico.
D as in Drag, the art of gender expression. Can be an expression of masculinity (typically referred to as “Drag King”) or femininity (“Drag Queen”). All genders can partake in all forms of drag.
E as in Edith Windsor, who was the lead plaintiff in US v Windsor, a landmark Supreme Court case that struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denied federal recognitions of same-sex marriages.
F as in Fetish, sexual fixation on a nonliving object or nongenital body part, not to be mistaken with sexual orientation.
G as in Gender nonconforming, the act of denying or defying norms or sterotypes around one’s assigned sex at birth.
H as in Harvey Milk, one of the nation’s first openly gay elected officials as a Board Supervisor for San Francsico. In office, he spearheaded a bill that banned discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on sexual orientation — also the first of its kind.
I as in Intersex, individuals born with a variety or lack of sex characteristics, be it chromosomes or genitals or hormones or gonads.
J as in Justice for Black trans women. This particular demographic of the LGBTQ community faces the highest levels of violence, discrimination, and death.
K as in Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, one of the world’s first documented theorist on homosexuality.
L as in Laverne Cox, a Black trans woman actress who was the first openly trans person to win an Emmy.
M as in Marriage, in the United States, the landmark Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges guaranteed same-sex couples have the fundamental right to marriage.
N as in Never ask someone if they’re LGBTQ. Trust that they will let you know in due time, when they’re ready.
O as in Out. If someone is in the closet, they keep their sexuality private. If someone is “out,” it means they are open about their sexuality.
P as in Passing Privilege, an idea that some LGBTQ members have since their sexuality or gender transition is not apparent in public but contentious with some members of the community since some believe it fuels stereotypes.
Q as in Questioning, the Q in LGBT, for folks who are still exploring or wondering their own seuxal orientation and/or gender expression.
R as in Richard Isay, the first psychologists to challenge others in his field that homosexuality was not an illness.
S as in Stonewall, a 1969 riot led by brown and Black trans women and butch lesbians in response to police raiding a gay club. This riot led to the foundation of the Gay Liberation Movement. Some of those on the frontlines of this movement were Marsha P Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, and Stormé DeLarverie.
T as in Transgender, an adjective — note, not a noun — used to describe people who have a different gender identity or expresion than the one assigned at birth.
U as in Ugly, the word used to describe bigots, homophobes, and transphobes.
V as in Venmo. Financially supporting LGBTQ community members is the ultimate allyship. Be on the lookout for crowdfunding campaigns on everything from education to medical expenses to housing.
W as in We need to address the anti-Blackness in the community. Marginalization doesn’t excuse hatred or discrimination towards Black community members. Racial justice must be in tandem with the LGBTQ rights movement.
X as in Xenophobia. Many immigrants coming from other countries are fleeing persecution for their sexual orientation or gender identity. This persecution doesn’t end when LGBTQ migrants are detained at the border. They often experience abuse in confinement. To fight for LGBTQ rights is to also fight for immigrant rights.
Y as in Youth. It’s important to understand how family rejection impacts the youth of the community: LGBTQ youth represent 40% of the homeless youth population.
Z as in Zealous, a description of all LGBTQ community members.