What at all is LGBTQIA Or LGBTQ+? Answers provided for all the terms
The conversation surrounding LGBTQIA has taken centre stage in Ghana and across the continent in recent days.
Many Ghanaians are sitting on tenterhooks as to whether LGBTQIA will be approved, legalized in Ghana.
The citizenry is largely divided for the merits or against the demerits of Ghana accepting for LGBTQIA to be legalized where people are free to engage in whatever sexual preferences they like.
Meanwhile, Ghana’s Criminal Code strongly opposes any Unnatural Carnal Knowledge which suggests that LGBTQIA can only be legalized in Ghana where changes are made to these rules and the entire constitution.
While at it, we are glad to provide your adequate information on LGBTQIA, what it means and how understanding these terms will help to enrich your conversations and give you a broader appreciation of the topic.
What Is LGBT?
LGBT or GLBT is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. In use since the 1990s, the term is an adaptation of the initialism LGB, which began to replace the term gay in reference to the broader LGBT community beginning in the mid-to-late 1980s. [Wikipedia]
Another interesting information about LGBT is that it was not introduced to Africa by some supposed Whites supremacist. According to History, African countries like Congo, Egypt, Lesotho were engaged in one form of sodomy long before the 20th century. Actually homosexual and heterosexual sex was allowed in the close circles of the Pharaohs in the BC 2400s.
What Is LGBTQIAA?
The term LGB has metamorphosed into LGBT, LGBTQ, LGBTQ+ and new alphabets representing independent terms are being added to it on the regular.
Currently, the full acronym is LGBTTQQIAAP which stands for…
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Ally, Asexual, Pansexual.
Sometimes the acronym is shortened as LGBTQ+.
1, LESBIAN: A woman who is primarily attracted to women and engages in sexual acts with them directly or indirectly.
2, GAY: A man who is primarily attracted to men; sometimes a broad term for individuals primarily attracted to the same sex either for sexual reasons or not.
3, BISEXUAL: An individual attracted to their own or opposite gender either for sexual reasons or not.
4, TRANSGENDER: A person whose gender identity is different from assigned sex at birth. A woman who identifies herself as a man and a man who identifies himself as a woman. These individuals may have to change their sex organs to represent their new identity.
5, TRANSEXUAL: An outdated term that originated in the medical and psychological communities for people who have permanently changed their gender identities either through surgeries and/or hormones.
6, QUEER: An umbrella term to be more inclusive of many identities and variations that make up the LGBTQ+ community. Typically, for those who identify as queer, the terms lesbian, gay, and bisexual are perceived to be too limiting and/or fraught with cultural connotations they feel don’t apply to them. Some people may use queer, or more commonly genderqueer, to describe their gender identity and/or gender expression.
7, QUESTIONING: The process of exploring and discovering one’s sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
8, INTERSEX: An individual whose sexual anatomy or chromosomes do to fit the traditional markers of “female” and “male”.
9, ALLY: Typical a non-queer or a non-LGBT person who advocates and supports the queer or LGBT community; an individual within the LGBTQ+ community can be an ally or supporter or an advocate for another member that identifies differently than them.
10, ASEXUAL: An individual who generally does not feel sexual desire or attraction to any group of people. It is not the same as celibacy and has many subgroups.
11, PANSEXUAL: A person who experiences sexual, romantic, physical and/or spiritual attraction to members of all gender identities and/or expressions, not just people who fit into the standard gender binary [male and female]. A pansexual can sleeps with everybody.