Letters & Acronyms
Letters vs. One Word
Never mind what L – G – B – T – Q – A – I means .. what in the world does LGBTQIACAC mean?
Is it a sound? A word? How do you say it? What do all those letters mean?
These letters are acronyms.
The first one is six letters. That’s 23% of the alphabet.
The second acronym is ten letters but A & C repeat so it’s really only eight, representing 31% of the alphabet.
Let’s tackle the first one that is about a quarter percent of our alphabet.
Let’s see, L is Lesbian, G is Gay, B is Bisexual and T is transgender.
Q is, uh, Questioning, yeah?
A no doubt stands for Ally. Or maybe it’s Asexual?
I must be Intersex. Right. Got them all. Took a little thinking though.
The CAC? Yeah, they mean confused, apathetic and cynical.
How do we connect to this?
Language can empower a person and lift a person to support and get behind a cause. But does this acronym have any sense of empowerment?
What about meaning?
Something that has a history tied to it?
A word that does not just elicit thought, but pulls an emotion.
Let’s see, what are the ways to identify your sexual orientation or gender orientation? Oh boy. We got Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Bi-Curious, Questioning, Heterosexual, Intersex, Transgender, CisGender, Genderqueer, Queer … and whew.
Wait, you said hold on?
Queer? Queer. Can we even say this word? Is this PC? I gasp at the thought. The mere utterance shakes the foundations of time.
The Oxford dictionary says Queer has origins to German language from the sixteenth century. A word that means peculiar, questionable character, or suspicious.
Queer was the word to describe homosexual men in the early twentieth century. A word that meant abnormal. A word tied to witch hunts, murders, and endless discrimination. In the 1940s the word was considered quite derogatory and the preferred term gay was used.
Once upon a time queer was truly synonymous with all those utterances of hate … used along with Fag and Fairy. Smear the queer does not sound like a nice phrase. This word sounds like it means to oppress, to weigh one down, or to hurt. To disempower.
But then something changed, didn’t it? We transcended.
We took the word Queer back. For some, this word does not just speak to sexual orientation, but to a gender identity as well. Sure, people will always have their explicit expressed identity of bi-curious or bi but lean gay.
The word Queer though can, if you desire, speak to a community when conversing about the queer people. You don’t need to remember specific letters, or stumble over the right order of letters.
Now there’s a word with history. With power. With meaning.
We have made it ours. It provokes not just thought, but an emotion.
It empowers us.
I like it. Do you?
This all make sense?
I hope it makes…
Blog by Bryce B. Summers, Ph.D., Psychologist
Bryce is the founder of Queer Sense Theory. Queer Sense is a revolutionary theory that describes how we form attitudes towards queer people. Queer Sense fosters awareness and thereby brings about acceptance. Acceptance is the archway between the queer community and the rest of the world.
Bryce is also the author of the fiction Young Adult Dark Fantasy/ Sci-Fi series AMEN TO ROT. The novel NYTE GOD is the conclusion to this series and will be released in the next two months. Coming soon is FRESH MEAT. A novel about a psychopathic warden who lusts over a new arrival to his prison, the Punk, but soon discovers this fresh meat is much different than the run of mill newbies he’s head.
Be on look out for the novel ROTVILLE, a Sci-Fi Thriller complete with virtual reality. gladiator battles, mutant humans, and an enhanced super soldier who wields samurai swords with skill.
The books THE ZOMBIE SQUAD and WOLFF OF WEHR HAMLET: THE LEGEND will be coming out over the next year.
Bryce’s fictional books each have the spirit of Queer Sense which aim to build a readership of not only queer folk, but all people who like to read fun, loving and unforgettable characters.