What the modern terms for gender and sexual identity mean 

LGBTQQIAA

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Despite our best efforts, the City Paper was not able to find anyone for three of the LGBTQQIAA terms: B (for bisexual), Q (for questioning), and A (for asexual). Here are the definitions to those terms and the others in the acronym. The definitions come from GLAAD's Media Reference Guide , Out and Equal, and UC San Diego's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center.

Lesbian
A woman whose enduring physical, romantic, and/or emotional attraction is to other women.

Gay
The adjective used to describe people whose enduring physical, romantic, and/or emotional attractions are to people of the same sex. Or a term used in some cultural settings to represent males who are attracted to males in a romantic, erotic, and/or emotional sense.

Bisexual, Bi
An individual who is physically, romantically, and/or emotionally attracted to men and women. Bisexuals need not have had sexual experience with both men and women. In fact, they need not have had any sexual experience at all to identify as bisexual.

Transgender
A person who lives as a member of a gender other than that expected based on anatomical sex. Sexual orientation varies and is not dependent on gender identity.

Queer
An umbrella term that embraces a matrix of sexual preferences, orientations, and habits of the not-exclusively heterosexual-and-monogamous majority. Queer includes lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transpeople, intersex persons, the radical sex communities, and many other sexually transgressive (underworld) explorers.

Questioning
A person who is unsure of their sexuality or same-sex-loving feelings.

Intersex
Someone whose sex a doctor has a difficult time categorizing as either male or female. A person whose combination of chromosomes, gonads, hormones, internal sex organs, gonads, and/or genitals differs from one of the two expected patterns.

Asexual
Person who is not sexually attracted to anyone or does not have a sexual orientation.

Ally
Someone who confronts heterosexism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and heterosexual and genderstraight privilege in themselves and others; a concern for the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex people; and a belief that heterosexism, homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia are social justice issues.

The Pride Issue 2012

  • L is for Lesbian: Melissa Moore

    Born and raised in Charleston, Melissa Moore is currently the executive director of We Are Family, an organization that provides resources to LGBTQQIAA youth aged 16-23. She has also held positions with S.C. Equality and the Alliance for Full Acceptance
  • G is for Gay: Rob Lewis

    Rob Lewis has served on the boards of a number of organizations, from the Carolina Bear Lodge to the local World Adult Kickball Association to his neighborhood association. He is the current president of Charleston Pride.
  • T is for Transgender: Sabian Mignone

    Sabian Mignone is a female-to-male transgendered individual. He is the founder of Wando High School's Gay-Straight Alliance and is a member of We Are Family. Since he's on staff at the Tribal Tribune, Wando's student newspaper, we invited Sabian to pen his own essay.
  • Q is for Queer: Gracie Aghapour

    Gracie Aghapour is one of the founders of Girls Rock Charleston, a week-long summer program whose mission is to empower girls and trans youth through music education, DIY media, and creative collaboration. Its second run takes place this week.
  • I is for Intersex: Kneena

    Kneena (last name withheld) came to the Lowcountry to attend the College of Charleston. They (Kneena prefers them/they pronouns) has been involved with the Really, Really Free Market, Girls Rock Camp, and We Are Family.
  • A is for Ally: Susan Cohen

    Susan Cohen is the editorial assistant at the Charleston City Paper. She conducted the interviews for this issue
  • Charleston LGBTQQIAA Resources

    Clubs and organizations, including college organizations, and local bars
  • 2012 Charleston Pride Festival Schedule

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