Acronym preference?

quantumspork quantumspork
I've heard it said in a lot of circles that the "LGBT" acronym is erasing to a lot of people. Thoughts on what terminology you prefer to cover the spectrum?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
LGBT
25
LGBTQ
23
LGBTQQIAA
2
QUILTBAGPIPE
7
Alphabet soup
6
GSM
10
Queer/trans*
23
Other
14
Total votes: 110 (79 voters)
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06/30/2012
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Teaser Teaser
What the heck is LGBT? I'm so confused.
06/30/2012
Vanille Vanille
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*

I actually use LGBTQ+ + being the catch-all for everyone else... of course, someone might see it as erasure regardless. Fear not though, I know you exist. QUILTBAGPIPE would be my other choice, but it is so so long. @_@
06/30/2012
Peggi Peggi
I always say LGBTQS for Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer, and Supporters
06/30/2012
Nacht Stern Nacht Stern
I like the idea of Alphabet soup. Nobody can feel left out then.
06/30/2012
Mitzuki Mitzuki
I like the idea of alphabet soup, myself.
06/30/2012
deltalima deltalima
Quote:
Originally posted by quantumspork
I've heard it said in a lot of circles that the "LGBT" acronym is erasing to a lot of people. Thoughts on what terminology you prefer to cover the spectrum?
I had to google "QUILTBAGPIPE"
06/30/2012
Annemarie Annemarie
It's honestly impossible to include *everyone*--even QUILTBAGPIPE leaves out celibate people. And supporters.

But I gotta say, it is catchy. I think that's my go-to acronym now.
07/01/2012
Jewlickah Jewlickah
I've liked QUILTBAG/QUILTBAGPIPE for a while, but LGBTQ is the most heard of, so I usually say that.

I'd never heard of GSM before. I'm kind of partial to it.
07/01/2012
thisisadeletedaccount thisisadeletedaccount
I usually use LGBTQ, or LGBTQQIAA if I'm trying to explain all the facets of the community to someone. I often just say "the queer community."
07/04/2012
Incendiaire Incendiaire
If I feel it necessary to resort to using a string of initials then the simple "LGBT" is what I'll go with, but generally anything I'm discussing on that subject can adequately be described in terms of "gay."
07/04/2012
marshmallow marshmallow
queer/trans*. it's all encompassing!
07/04/2012
pirata pirata
i have actually used the phrase alphabet soup lol i normally just go with LGBT
07/04/2012
vitriolicvertigo vitriolicvertigo
I just use queer & trans*. All encompassing and I identify with both terms so I like it.
I've heard "the rainbow community" though. That's cute.
07/05/2012
nori nori
I like 'the rainbow' and the queer community, as well as alphabet soup!
07/05/2012
BoobCopter BoobCopter
LGBT*. I don't like LGBTQIAA or QUILTBAGPIPE, both are very problematic.
07/07/2012
Roz W Roz W
I hadn't heard the "pipe" tagged onto QUILTBAG before...

Boobcopter, why are the longer acronymns very problematic? I see the QUILTBAG stuff as being kind of tongue-in-cheek about how long the acronymns are...
07/10/2012
Pantransguy Pantransguy
I tend to use LGBTQ or LGBT most often with people who are not part of the community. It's just simpler. It does somewhat leave out two of my identities (demisexual and pansexual- though pansexual could arguably fall under the B if you see the B as an umbrella like the T), but I don't want to have to write or say a really long acronym. The reason I usually include the Q these days (more so in writing than speaking) is because I have so many friends who identify as queer. I do speaker's bureau panels at my college and we sometimes explain many additional letters, and eventually call it "alphabet soup," but I think that gets confusing to people so new to most of this.

Oh, and as for when I'm within the community, I usually just say "queer" because most LGBTQ communities I'm in accept that word as a reference to the entire community. And it's a lot easier to say. If it was specifically a trans* community then I'd use trans* instead.
07/11/2012
cryinglightning86 cryinglightning86
I tend to say LGBTQ when I'm not talking to other members of the community. When I am, I call it the queer community. Still trying to figure out how to not leave people out of this, though. To me, "queer" is a flexible, umbrella term, but I realize it might not have the same meaning to everyone.
07/12/2012
Billie Bones Billie Bones
Personally I like queer but I only like to call people that after I know they identify as such. We're taking it back!
07/12/2012
digit88 digit88
Quote:
Originally posted by quantumspork
I've heard it said in a lot of circles that the "LGBT" acronym is erasing to a lot of people. Thoughts on what terminology you prefer to cover the spectrum?
different
07/12/2012
Rey Rey
I prefer Queer
07/15/2012
pestilence pestilence
In conversation I use "queer/trans*," though for more formal things I much prefer GSM since "queer" is a reclaimed slur and has some radical/political connotations that not everyone who falls under GSM would identify with in any way. The only problem is that no one knows what GSM stands for.
07/16/2012
Princess Zelda Princess Zelda
Quote:
Originally posted by Peggi
I always say LGBTQS for Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer, and Supporters
Ya me too but its a bit long
07/16/2012
Equae Equae
I do LGBTAIQ - Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans*, Asexual, Intersex, Queer. I don't include allies; they're supporters, not part of the community.
07/17/2012
SubmissiveFeminist SubmissiveFeminist
I use LGBT in a general sense. I'm pansexual, and there's no P in there, but I feel like it covers the general bases.
07/24/2012
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
I use LGBTQ or LGBTQI. Most people understand what I mean. If I use longer acronyms, a lot of people get confused and don't understand.
07/24/2012
Girly Juice Girly Juice
My preferred term for myself and my community is "queer," because I feel it's the most inclusive... but some people don't view it that way. My friend once tried to group me into the term "gay" because she felt it was an "umbrella term," but I didn't agree - so I understand that it can be frustrating to be termed by someone else.

LGBTQ works for me, though! Or just "not straight."
07/26/2012
MistressDandelion MistressDandelion
GSM for me, more inclusive.
07/30/2012
hanjonatan hanjonatan
LGBT, or queer/trans as long as it's understood that "queer" means LGB.

and GSM really isn't an "inclusive term" as an alternative to LGBT. it's a research term meant to include a wide variety of gender and sexual minorities that have nothing to do with each other - it makes no sense to try to use it as a community term or an alternative to LGBT(etc), because that's not what it's for.
08/01/2012
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