The term LGBTQIAPD is a extended version of LGBT. The difference between the two is that the former takes into account a wider range of sexualitys and gender identities. It stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/questioning, Intersexual, Asexual, Pansexual/Polysexual and Demisexual. However, the LGBTQIAPD community welcomes any person of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Because the majority of people are heterosexual (straight) many people who are otherwise come under scrutiny and are bullied. The LGBTQIAPD community is there to support victims of homophobia and transphobia and are trying to raise awareness of this issue. The fight for equal rights is ongoing and in some countries gay marriage is now legal.
Homosexuality is when a person is sexually attracted to a person of the same sex. Females who are homosexual are sometimes referred to as Lesbians and the Males as Gays. However, some people prefer not to be labelled because it might alienate them. People who bully homosexuals for their sexuality are called homophobes. Although, people can be homophobic it does not necessarily mean that it is actually a phobia or that they are scared.
Transgenders are people who are born in the wrong body, for example a person who is born anatomically as a male has the soul of a female. Transgenders often change their names and/ or have surgery to physically change their gender. If they are too young for surgery or if they do not have consent from their parents guardians, they will most likely dress as their true to mind gender. Bully's of transgender people are called transphobes. As with homosexuality, they are not necessarily scared.
Bisexuality is when a person is sexually attracted to both males and females, like a combination of heterosexuality and homosexuality. If a bisexual person has not yet been in a relationship with one of the opposite sex, this does not make them heterosexual, nor vice versa. Some homophobes say that bisexuals are just 'confused'. this is not the case.
Intersex is a variation of sex characteristics anatomically, thus they do not fit into a specific gender category. They may be surgically altered so that they can fit into a more 'socially acceptable' gender group but this practice comes into question of human rights. There are rules in various countries as to whether a baby is male or female. A person may also be intersex mentally and emotionally.
Asexuality is when a person is not sexually attracted to anyone. They may however, have a romantic relationship with someone, though it involves little or no physical affection. Wearing a black ring on the middle finger is a sign that somebody is asexual. This is how asexuals identify with each other.
Pansexuality is when a person is sexually attracted to all genders, whether it be male, female, genderfluid or none. Polysexuality is when a person is sexually attracted to somebody of two genders or multiple genders. These can easily be mistaken with each other when they are, in fact, completely different. In the same way that some say bisexuals are 'confused' this also applies to pansexuals and polysexuals, but that judgement is still wrong.
Sometimes a person feels both asexual and non- asexual, this is called demisexuality. They sometimes experience sexual attraction and sometimes feel, like asexuals, that they just experience romantic attraction. Another name for demisexuality is semisexuality.
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