What’s in a Name?
Initialism: abbreviations which consist of the initial (i.e. first) letters of words and which are pronounced as separate letters when they are spoken. (Oxford Dictionary). Examples include: NASA, FBI, CIA, etc.
I’m sure you view the examples shown above with the utmost respect. Another example of initialism that should gain a high amount of respect is a community that has been an important piece in history for decades. And that is the LGBT community; or in its entirety, LGBTQQIP2SAA.”
Stonewall Riots: A History
Gay bars: once a sanctuary for the LGBT community was quickly altered into a place of terror on June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in New York City.
Due to the injustice the LGBT community underwent, a riot ensued during a routine police raid in the early hours of June 28th. The riot and additional protests over the following nights was the milestone for LGBT rights and initiated the assembly of LGBT pride marches thousands of people celebrate every June.
(Revolutionary Trans activist, drag queen and trailblazer Marsha P. Johnson was identified as one of the prominent figures in the Stonewall Riots).
Prominent LGBT Figures
Alexander the Great, Hatshepsut, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Sally Ride, Harvey Milk, Eleanor Roosevelt, Emily Dickinson, Oscar Wilde, Barbara Gittings, Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, Magnus Hirschfeld, Bayard Rustin, Marsha P. Johnson, Marlon Brando, James Dean, Greta Garbo, Cary Grant, James I, King David, Julius Caesar, Walt Whitman, Frida Kahlo, Billie Holiday, Aristotle, Socrates
– Your name (along with all of your friends and family members) would be put on a list by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, because as a homosexual you were prone to blackmail and “overt acts of perversion”.
– You would be dishonorably discharged from the military, fired from your government job or job as a teacher or professor at a college if you were suspected of being gay with no legal recourse.
– Your neighborhood would be “swept” periodically to arrest you and anyone else who was a presumed homosexual or wore clothes not “for” their gender.
– The American Psychiatric Association classified homosexuality as a sociopath personality disturbance and you were considered mentally infirm (this did not change until 1973).
– You could be arrested for holding hands in public with your partner.[stop-homophobia.com]
- Lesbian: Female-identified person who is sexually and romantically attracted to other women.
- Gay: Male-identified person who is sexually and romantically attracted to other men.
- Bisexual: Once defined as romantically or sexually attracted to men and women, many bisexuals today say they are attracted to all genders and/or sexes.
- Transgender: A person whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from the sex they were assigned at birth.
- Queer: A term people use to refer to the entire LGBT community.
- Questioning: Unsure about his/her sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
- Intersex: People born with anatomy or chromosomal makeup that doesn’t correspond to male or female.
- Pansexual: Can be attracted to members of all gender identities and biological sexes.
- Two-spirit: A term some indigenous people use to describe their gender, sexual or spiritual identity.
- Aesexual: Does not experience sexual attraction, but can have romantic, emotional, or aesthetic attraction to another person.
- Ally: Does not identify as LGBTQ, but supports the rights and safety of those who do.