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That is so Getsbian!

Am I the only LGBT person who finds the word “queer” offensive? It just strikes me as being a divisive, derogatory word that seems to say that LGBT people are inherently different than the rest of the “normal” population. I think “queer” inherently makes people see LGBT persons as different or weird. That being said, it is now time for a new word, an inclusive word that will replace “queer.”

As I was working on an assignment for my Introduction to Critical Sexuality Studies class, and I accidentally wrote “gesbian” instead of “gay and lesbian.” At first I thought it was funny and laughed at it, but as I looked at the word, I thought “that is a much better word than queer.” While talking to my friend Michael about this, we decided that in order to include transgendered people, we would add a T in the middle to make it “getsbian.” In addition, I feel, as a bisexual female, that getsbian is inclusive of the entire LGBT community, and not just gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered individuals because it does not name any one specific group

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Comments on: "That is so Getsbian!" (1)

  1. I completely disagree. While the word queer has a long and complex history, an alternate word like “getsbian” seems cobbled together and is certainly not inclusive. It is formed from two of the most widely accepted identities that are non-heterosexual. You can’t just stick in a t for trans and call it inclusive. What about genderqueer individuals? Pansexual? Bisexual? Asexual? Polyamorous? The list goes on and on, which is why we can’t use a word that is made up of other words (I am including the lgbtqqaa acronym in this), because it could not accurately represent such a fluctuating, diverse group of people. Queer does indicate that we are different from the “normal” population, if normal means straight cisgeneder mongamous binary-identifying people. Because we are different; we experience forms of prejudice that the rest of the population does not, and it changes us, it influences who we are – hopefully for the better.

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