Terminology traps: LGBTI, LGBT, or perhaps just LGB?

As readers of my blog know I prefer LGBTQIA but settle for LGBTQ sometimes. It is doubtful that the politics of inclusive acronyms are not the same worldwide. I try to be inclusive of major sexual and gender identities in use by my tumblr readers. L is for Lesbians, G for Gay and Genderqueer, B is for Bisexual, T is for Trans (including non-binary gender identities)) and Transgender, Q is for Queer and Questioning, I is for Intersex, A is for Asexual, Aromantic and Agender.

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Word cloud showing some of the many terms describing sexual and gender minorities. (Image courtesy of 123rf.com) Word cloud showing some of the many terms describing sexual and gender minorities. (Image courtesy of 123rf.com)

In its latest report on violence against sexual minorities in Kenya, Human Rights Watch tackles the terminology troubles that come with the territory when trying to write respectfully, accurately and inclusively about people and groups that use a variety of labels for gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.

A Note on Terminology

Selecting appropriate, accurate, and inclusive terminology to describe and classify individuals and groups on the basis of their gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation is challenging. Some Kenyan organizations restrict themselves to a discourse around lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) rights, acknowledging transgender activists’ arguments that it is inappropriate to use the term “LGBT” when one’s focus is on sexual orientation and does not include specific work around gender identity. Some organizations use the term “LGBTI,” to include intersex people…

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