Let's Get to Know LGBTQ2+
Have you ever been curious about the LGBTQ2+ community, but weren't sure where to start? You're not alone!
There are so many different terms that can be unfamiliar and confusing. We’re here to help break down all the lingo, so you can better understand what it truly means to identify as part of the LGBTQ2+ community—and why representation is so important.
Here we explore what this vibrant acronym stands for and how differently it's interpreted around Auckland (and beyond)!
Exploring Gender and Sexual Orientation
What Does LGBTQ2+ Mean?
LGBTQ2+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, and other identities beyond those. It’s an umbrella term for those who don’t identify as heterosexual or cisgender. LGBTQ2+ is an ever-evolving list of identities and this umbrella term helps us to recognise and be respectful of all gender and sexual orientations.
When we talk about gender, it’s important to recognise that gender is a spectrum and that each person has their own unique gender identity.
Not everyone identifies as either male or female and there are many gender identities that are neither, both, or a combination of the two. It’s important to be respectful of people’s gender identities and to be aware that the language we use can have a big impact on how people feel included.
The LGBTQ2+ community is incredibly diverse and we should celebrate this diversity in all its forms. From transgender and non-binary identities to lesbian, gay, and bisexual orientations, we should strive to create an environment where everyone feels comfortable with their identity and can express themselves freely. By understanding, respecting, and celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ2+ community, we can create a more inclusive world.
Ultimately, what we can understand from the ever-evolving LGBTQ2+ acronym is that it encourages continued dialogue, conversation and understanding of how language shapes our world.
Most importantly, let’s remember that the language we use to define sexual orientation and gender identity will continue to evolve as we attempt to find more inclusive and accurate ways of expressing ourselves.
We need to simply embrace this moment of self-discovery with patience and an open mind. After all, it is through connecting with others and expanding our view of the world that a greater appreciation for diverse identities and experiences will emerge.
From here, we can move past simple definitions or labels to learning about each other's stories — something which greatly enriches us personally and as a shared global community.