LGBT 101: An introduction to the Queer community

LGBT 101: An introduction to the Queer community

hey everyone welcome to this super neat introduction to some concepts within the LGBT community there are so many buzzwords vocabulary and definitions floating around in the media it can be hard to dissect what it all means so this brief video will introduce you to some basic concepts okay there’s a lot to get through first the lgbtq+ acronym let’s break that down lesbian gay bisexual transgender queer questioning intersex asexual a lie now all of these words deal with one of four key traits every person queer or not has biological sex is the physical anatomy with which you are born gender identity is the personal feeling and conceptualization of one’s own gender on the spectrum between male and female sexual orientation is the gender to which a person is attracted either romantically or sexually in relation to their own gender expression is how a person chooses to outwardly show their gender identity in simple terms biological sex what you have gender identity what you feel sexual orientation who you love gender expression how you look and act okay we just broke down the acronym and we talked about the four traits now let’s put them together lesbian gay bisexual and asexual refer to sexual orientation intersex refers to differences in biological sex which can also be related to being transgender and both of those are related to gender identity queer is an umbrella term used by most of the community to refer to anyone who identifies as part of the community questioning refers to people who are you guessed it still questioning their sexuality or gender allies are non queer folk who support and love the queer community now the first idea to talk about is that of a spectrum the lgbtq+ community widely accepts that the four aforementioned traits are all on a spectrum a scale between two opposite points traits can fall on either extreme or anywhere in between alright let’s jump in and start with terms relating to generate entity biological sex the extremes on this spectrum are biological male and female these are determined mainly by hormones and organs for males this means testosterone a penis testes and secondary sex characteristics like body and facial hair and a lower voice for females this means estrogen a vagina and the internal reproductive organs for pregnancy female secondary sex characteristics include breasts wider hips and higher voice intersex is the term used to describe people whose combination of hormones internal sex organs and genitals do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies gender another spectrum is the scale between boy and girl boys may use masculine pronouns he/him/his and feel masculine girls use she/her pronouns and feel feminine anyone who identifies outside the gender binary falls under the umbrella term of genderqueer halfway between the extremes is gender-neutral this means someone who identifies as neither a man nor a woman they often choose neutral pronouns they/them/their or a variation of the invented pronouns z zu z someone who is gender fluid may identified differently at different times a by gender person lives their life at both extremes at different times living both as a man and as a woman with both gender fluid and by gender people it is important to listen and respect the appropriate pronoun for the situation a gender people don’t identify with any gender and often use gender-neutral pronouns so we already established that gender identity is the gender you feel inside when your internal gender identity matches you’re born biological sex that’s called cisgender if they don’t match transgender transgender people experience gender dysphoria or the uncomfortable feeling that their mind and body don’t match often trans people will choose to transition using hormone replacement therapy and/or various surgeries to change their bodies to match their identity it is never okay to ask a trans person where they are in their transition if they want you to know they’ll tell you mind body alignment also lies on a spectrum gender expression is how people choose to show their gender to the outside world this refers to the ways in which we each manifest a masculinity or femininity it is usually an extension of gender identity each of us expresses a particular gender every day the clothes we wear how we style our hair or even the way we stand drag kings and queens are people who explore gender as an art form their cross dressing is a form of gender expression but you cannot assume anything about their gender identity or sexual orientation based on how they choose to dress speaking of sexual orientation that’s our last spectrum and it refers to whom you are attracted on one end we have heterosexual or attraction to someone of the opposite gender opposing Li there is homosexual or attraction to the same gender in between is bisexual attraction to both genders pansexuality is attraction to all genders including those that lay outside the binary someone who is asexual is not attracted to any gender attraction can be broken down even further into both romantic and sexual one is an emotional attraction the other is physical these attractions do not always have to align for example someone can be panromantic emotionally attracted to all genders but asexual not physically attracted to any gender there are several other more nuanced prefixes demi Scully Oh Polly to name a few other genders such as third gender and two-spirit also exist some of these identities can be confusing and hard to understand if you’ve never been exposed to that before but if a person defines themselves in a way that is new to you it is okay even important to respectfully ask what that identity means to them these are just a few of some offensive and hurtful terms that are used to describe some people in the LGBTQ community these terms are mostly old-fashioned and are often used out of ignorance rather than malice however they can all be slurs used maliciously on purpose to hurt people’s feelings but the biggest message you should take away from this video is the importance of letting someone define their own gender and sexuality respect their pronouns respect their chosen name respect their appearance and respect their choice and partners share this video on your favorite social media platform and spread the word use these new vocab words to define yourself I am a gay cisgender female who are you

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

100 thoughts on “LGBT 101: An introduction to the Queer community

  1. This seriously needs to be a mandatory class in school. Almost all my life I learned that there were only two genders, one attraction: male and female, guys like girls, girls like guys. I was completely unaware that this existed until maybe a couple of years ago. I'm sure a lot of people feel this way too. Having this as an official class would make everyone understand!

  2. Thanks for this 101 lesson. As an ally, I am still learning, but I'm committed to getting down a fuller understanding and respectful use of language.

  3. i'm an demiromantic nonbinairy person ( attracted to girls but i don't think i can call myself gay…)

  4. I am a Gay man but I won't be blended in with that bullshit acronym LGBTABCD. Also many of us will NEVER accept the use of "Queer" to refer to our community. For many of us that have had to endure that term growing up, it remains offensive. The activists today are setting us back with this crap and are probably part of the reason that idiot Trump is in office.

  5. The term "LGBTQQISA" is ridiculous and undermines gay males' long and bittersweet fight for acceptance and support. It's nothing more than a reflection of the leftist lesbians' overly-feminist agenda (after all, in this acronym the word "Lesbian" comes before "Gay") to make America weak and politically-correct, two traits that are typically despised in a superpower country. Equating the tumultuous everyday struggles faced by gay, lesbian, and bisexual citizens to the plight of those who've made a CHOICE to wear clothing traditionally worn by the opposite sex, or have a sex-change operation, is a slap in the face and does nothing to advance the cause!

  6. i don’t want to sound picky but you said
    bisexual: attraction to both genders
    pansexual:attraction to ALL genders, outside the binary.

    i’m bisexual and i can also be attracted to non-binary people or other things. it sounds like you might be following the bisexual is transphobic train, which isn’t true. please correct me if i’m wrong.

  7. I really want to show this video to my parents. I identify as lesbian and they claim to accept and support me, but they don't respect me. My mother thinks that I'm lesbian for attention, and my father completely ignores my sexuality. For an example of my mother: Once, I asked my parents if I was allowed to have a girlfriend since I was at the same age my sister was when she got a boyfriend. My mother yelled no and gave me a angry expression. For an example of my father: When my sister asked if she could go out on a date with a guy, my dad turned to me and said, "It's too bad he doesn't have a cute younger brother."

  8. To whom it may concern LBGT:  Make no mistake, God created Adam and Eve (not Steve)

    1Corithians 6:9
    Don't you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the
    Kingdom of God? Don't fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual
    sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male
    prostitutes, or practice homosexuality,
    26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their
    women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to
    nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were
    consumed with passion for one another, men
    committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the
    due penalty for their error.
    13 If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have
    committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.

    8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit,
    according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits[a]
    of the world, and not according to Christ.

    1Corinthians 5:9 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with
    sexually immoral people
    If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.
    I'm only attempting to remind us of the Truth found through His Word:
    What He commands us , all I'm saying is, why not obey Him — why not
    properly esteem Him. 

    These are not fables , but Divine commands. AMEN

  9. Intersex isn't in the community since it is not a gender or sex its a birth malfunction. And the A is MOST DEFINITELY NOT for allies. The A is for Aromantic. I personally believe we do not need Questioning in the community since it does not necessarily mean your queer.

  10. Hahahah May I ask you, people, this question, what do you say about those who lived the "gay lifestyle" stopped and turned away from it because of their faith and prayers to God?… Do you just deny they have changed?… Do you hate them because they prove your assertion that "you were born this way, or no one chooses to be gay, or it's in my gene's, if that was the real case then they shouldn't change?…. If you don't believe these people exist look them up on youtube check out the vids they are so beautiful and powerful they prove same-gender sex is a "choice" as with all sin.

    They prove God is real because the way you, people, are clinging to your sex act, the way you march, sing and dance in the streets waving a flag in defiance, the way you have assimilated your hatred to mean love from God and all who oppose you are deemed hateful and fearful of you… Only God has the power to overcome that, "Wih God all things are possible"…😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉

  11. I know a lot of people see this video as educational but there were too many issues. Saying ally is part but completely ignoring nonbinary, 2 spirit, pan, aromantic and others and only briefly mentioning a couple of them later in the video. Saying that gender is on a spectrum "between" male and female is not accurate as some people dont feel they are between or both (dual gender identities like bigender, gender fluid, gender flux, etc) and instead feel outside the binary (agender, gender nonconforming, nonbinary etc). The gender spectrum is not a sliding scale between male and female. They also didnt even mention androgynous expression style?
    I do think this video is a good intro but it needs updating as well as rewording

  12. Im a gay, transgender female qwq

    My dream is to become a male, and then I can finally call myself gay ^w^ And be myself… :0

  13. Thank you very much for explaining all of this! I wrote all of this down in a notebook I have to better understand this!💕💖💕💖💕💖

  14. I spent the 60s trying to change the word queer to gay, now it seems the word is back, big pity, queer meant mental, work it out guys, queer is quite an offensive term.

  15. Just a person with a different opinion here… Why "Queer"? Hasn't queer been a derogatory term against non-heterosexual people? Like I assumed the term would just be long forgotten but no… The community had to keep it I guess….

  16. My personal opinion. But feel free to leave yours.
    I feel like the acronym should only be LGBT, because those are all people who know exactly what they are. For example: Questioning isn’t part of the lgbt community because as a person who is questioning, we haven’t fully decided on wether or not we should be part of the lgbt community and we don’t want to be labeled, so why would you put us in the lgbt category? Also, Ally shouldn’t be in the lgbt community as well. They are just people who support the community. Not people who identify as them. You get me?
    Queer is also a term that I refuse to use because it was used in a derogatory term. Just use gender fluid.
    Asexual/aromantic shouldn’t even be in the acronym because they feel no attraction. So why classify them as lgbt?

  17. I can never come out to my parents. They are religious and I feel like they won’t except me. Help this closet smells like cheese.

  18. I have a question. If your biological sex is male and your gender is gender queer/ neutral, does that make you a transgender or cis gender?

  19. Pan is usually not caring about gender and a bisexual might say that they like all genders but have a preference that changes over time like me for example I will sometimes be more attracted to one sex over the other and that will change over time but a pansexual might not have a preference or take other traits into account without thinking about gender

  20. I’m an 11 year old pansexual girl. I haven’t come out to my household, but to most of my cousins. It’s not like I’m not proud of being different, it’s just I don’t want to be disapproved of.

  21. This is really awesome for people to learn about this but my personal thoughts ( I am part of the lgbt+ community btw) is that ally is not part of the community, just a supporter

  22. You stupid gay community have no idea what's ahead for you if Islam takes over good bye head. Trump trying to save you but your hate overcomes reason.

  23. I am a lesbian. There is never ever a male in a lesbian relationship, so stop asking! If both are lesbian than the entire point of that relationship is there to not me a man! I have a very wonderful girlfriend and people constantly ask, "Who's the man?" No body!

  24. Wow! Thank you so much for teaching me all this information about my community! I barely knew anything about lgbtq+ but thanks to your video I learned a lot about the community and understand almost everything, Thank You! 😊

  25. So you forgot P for pansexual in the acronym. (is that how you spell it? I'm not sure, my spelling isn't the best) Also, Ally isn't part of the acronym. (well I think it depends we're you look, but it's generally preferd not to be inclued, ((again, I'm not sure.)))
    But the a in it dose stand for aro or a-gender. (Im going of what I know personally. I'm not fully educated also, if you see this comment and know what I've said is incorrect, please tell me so I can fix it, I don't want to be offensive)

  26. im still questioning my sexuality although i am 10. Is something wrong with that? I've had so many girl crushes. Trust me im really new to this— my life is gonna change lmAo. Edit : should i come out because honestly im afraid of what would happen. I am not trying to say it's easy to make a choice. I do not crossdress, i've liked boys, i like some girls, but what would i be if i joined the community? Oh god this makes me stressed.

  27. My questions:
    1. Can you be pansexual without knowing any trans people?
    2. Does being pansexual include having an attraction gender neutral people?
    3. Is there any sexuality where you are ONLY attracted to gender neutral people?

    I just say I'm pansexual, even though I don't know any trans people yet, (jk I don't physically say that cuz I'm not even out yet 👌👌👌👌)

  28. Hahaha, there will be no queer/LGBTQP+ community in heaven nor the new Earth because they won't exist ever again 1 Cor 6:9-11, 2 Peter 3;10 Rev 21:8-10, Rev 21:1…😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉

  29. It it imperative this bullshit does not plague the minds of the innocent children. Looks like the world is heading towards complete absurdity by trying to portray such horrendous and deviant behavior as normal, sane and desirable

  30. I’m a proud 13 year old bisexual. I’m attracted to both genders. If you don’t accept someone for any of those listed above in the video, you will not be accepted by me. We will stay proud even after all those opinions.

    Thank you for expanding a little more about the community I’ve been a part of for quite some time. Kind of upset I didn’t know about some of these until now. 😅 However, I still thank you for helping me find out more!

  31. Hi I'm a man was born a man will always be a man and will never support this lifestyle that the Bible says is an abomination in the sight of God

  32. Thank you and I love this educational video. Now kindly please kindly show this to those stupid, conservative Christians, Neo-Nazis, and all those conservative religions and politicians who we are and where we stand! They have been suffering us long enough! 👍❤️😤🥳

  33. I've been scrolling for like an hour or so, replying to all your homophobic comments. All the people who I didn't reply to and posted homophobic things, do me a job and go fuck yourself. 👏 GOOD 👏 DAY 👏 BITCHES.

  34. me, confused and wanting to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community: 《watches video》

    my stubborn small brain after watching: SO I AM CONFUSION

  35. You're spreading lies and propaganda boy is a boy and a girl is a girl nothing you can do will change that. Not surgery to give you a vagina or penisif you cannot produce testosterone and sperm on your own you are not a man and if you cannot produce estrogen and eggs on your own you are not a woman you must be able to have a menstrual cycle to be a woman and produce children you must be able to produce your own testosterone and sperm to be a man

  36. Ok so at 6:19 You say transgender is a word that we shouldn't say. But you said it yourself in the beginning of them video that the T in LGBTQ is transgender? I'm confused?

  37. i am a lythrosexual panromantic nonbinary person
    lythrosexual means i have sexual desires but have no intention of acting upon them

  38. A doesn't stand for ally. Allys aren't in the lgbtq+ community. We do love you though. Also I'm quite sad they didn't add pansexual and many more sexualitys….. 😔

  39. Well I guess I’m still fricken questioning cause I dunno if I’m trans, asexual, non binary, etc. Yeah I’m the definition of questioning


    I am confusion

  40. Wait im confused why is ally in the lgbt no hate im just confused like if they arent queer they technically arent oart id the lgbt

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