Gay & Lesbian, LGBT, LGBTQ, LGBTQIA?

lgbt rainbow flagIn the old days, life was much simpler in so many ways.  I know that because I’m old(er).

In the 1980’s my friends and I referred to ourselves as gay or lesbian or queer, & members of the greater Gay Community. (We were also called other things, but that is a topic for another post.) At that time, labels were not nearly as important as the challenges we faced in the real world.   Fast forward to 2016 and things are not so simple anymore.

Organizations like The Associated Press (AP), Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Human Rights Campaign (HRC) all have their own recommendations of descriptive terms for our gay and lesbian community.

Now we are identified by acronyms like LGBT, LGBTQ, and even LGBTQIA, just to name a few.  If history is any indication, we can expect more labels in the future.

Some gay and lesbian organizations were legally formed using the term LGBT in their names, before the other acronyms even came into existence.  These organizations will be listed in our pages by their legal or DBA names, which may include “LGBT”.

In most other general circumstances, we will use the acronym LGBTQ for our community.  This seems to be the preferred label for the time being by all the experts in journalism and media.

REGARDLESS of how you self-identify, or how you are identified in the media, we welcome you to our website.  It is hoped that the information contained within will be of benefit to you during your travels and daily lives.

The Editor
Out! Carolina


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