Also, to the people who found this on Tumblr (seems to be a ton, thanks to a reblog from "multisexual" ), please remember that I am a part of the community (MtF) and make mistakes, and I appreciate you all pointing your opinions out to me. I'm doing my best to make this the best guide possible =3
V1.3 - Polysexual Pride Flag has been added. Updated definition for Bear Brotherhood.
V1.2 - A number of definitions have been updated to better represent the groups their flag represents
V1.1 - Background changed, fonts changed, updated definitions for Bear Brotherhood and Gay Pride, bottom credit changed
V1.03 - Updated definitions of "Lipstick Lesbian" and "Bear Pride"
V1.02 - Updated definition for "Bisexual Pride."
V1.01 - Small typo correction and opened the piece for download
*To Everyone who reads/views the Guide*
Who cares what other, closed-minded people think? If they can't accept certain people for who they are, why should those idiots matter? #%@!* them!
Love is love.
Lust is lust.
Beauty is beauty. Gender shouldn't be a relevant factor.
Be proud of who you are. The opinions of others shouldn't stop you from being yourself. Stand strong and walk with pride; The Great Mother made you what you are, and She loves us all equally.
Heterophobia doesn't exist. That doesn't mean straight people lives are always awesome, that means we have one less problem to deal with. No one was ever bullied, killed or abused just for being straight, no one.
Just piping in for a second and only responding to whuh about the proof of LGBT people being murdered.
These are just this year and only the reported murders. Also, by no means is this list exhaustive:
- Penny Proud, 21, New Orleans
- Yazmin Vash Payne, 33, in Los Angeles
- Ty Underwood, 24, in North Tyler, Texas
- Lamia Beard, 30, in Norfolk, Va.
- Lamar Edwards, 20, in Lousville, Ky.
- Taja DeJesus 36 San Francisco, California
- Jessie Hernandez, 17, Denver x
- Bri Golec 22, Ohio
- Kristina Gomez Reinwald 46, Miami, Florida
Wikipedia has a wonderful selection of hate crimes, violence, and murders to choose from
Wikipedia's History of Violence Against LGBT People in the US
But, just in case you doubt my sources Let Me Google That for You
Hate crimes and violence aren't the only things we need to be worried about though. I would have a much more extensive list. A majority of suicides are caused by the discrimination (systematic and individual) against queer people in the United States.
In my opinion, to extrapolate that ggrowl implied, "only the LGBT community get murdered, and that straight people don't have to put up with the same kind of prejudice, makes me think you are very young and very ignorant" makes me think you barely put any time into this discussion and did not even want to listen to what they were saying.
We were on the topic of comparing the LGBTQ+ community and the straight community, and ggrowl said, "straight ppl don't deal w/ what LGBTQAI+ people deal w/" and this is invariably true! Multitudes of research have proven, and countless murders have been committed that people in the LGBTQ+ community face completely different lives with all other factors being equal. If you doubt this, and you like evidence I highly recommend looking it up and learning for yourself about the differences these two communities face.
****I've given you what you asked for which is, "proof of people being murdered because they are a part of the LGBT community in america. thanks."****
I think I'll do that now omg
TO ALL THOSE THAT DON'T:
Consider this, the fact that bisexuality is widely known, so if someone WAS pansexual and came out as bi, they don't have to spend half an hour explaining pansexuality, the gender binary, other genders, etc. ESPECIALLY to close-minded people. In the queer community pansexuality and bi sexuality are VERY OFTEN used as completely interchangable terms- I am, in fact, pansexual, but choose to come out to most people (specifically strangers and acquaintances) as bisexual simply because people KNOW that it means and I don't have to spend time explaining something that will barely ever (or not at all) affect them.
Also consider that if you aren't in the queer community, you don't get to define the definition of our identities. Much the same as we don't get to define yours.
And if you ARE in the queer community and you sit here and go 'UUUUUHM well actually BI is LATIN for TWOOOO and there are TWO GENDERS so you're WRONGG' consider that you don't get to define how other people define themselves (and also the fact that there is a fuckload of genders out there).
Sit the fuck down.
The difference is that as a bisexual gender is still relevant to attraction, for a pansexual it isn't.
I identify as bi because I look for different things from each gender and therefore the gender of my partner is relevant to my attraction. Many pansexuals identify with the term 'gender-blind'
Do you know if there are flags for different more specific types of genderqueer? I would love to subtly show my omnigender pride, but I'm not particularly fond of the colours. x___x
One more question I have (because I saw a conversation about it earlier in the comments) is this: What sexuality would you call a person who is only attracted to people of the opposite physical sex, regardless of his/her and/or the other person's gender identity? The reason I ask is because my "significant other" adamently claims to be "straight" while also accepting my non-binary gender and admits to enjoying transexual pornography every now and then. (I apologize if this is an awkward question or awkward information, but I really want to know.)
So! Bisexual basically means attracted to the same and different genders. Bisexual people ABSOLUTELY can be attracted to nonbinary people, and be nonbinary people themselves! Bisexuals just tend to have different preferences for different gender markers, or value different traits in different genders.
Pansexual people are attracted to all genders, and generally do not care about gender markers of people. They tend to be attracted to all genders equally.
Polysexual people mean that they are attracted to more than one gender. This can mean that they only like nonbinary people and girls, or only boys and demi girls, etc. They're similar to bisexual people, except they aren't necessarily always attracted to their own gender or those of others.
I hope this helps clear things up! Gender if very complicated, but it's very worth it to research. It makes others comfortable, and you never know what genders you may end up identifying with once you find these separate genders! I always knew I wasn't exactly a girl, but not a boy either. Now I know that I'm an agender person, all because of little things like this, and people willing to tell me about these things.