LGBT or GLBT is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. In use since the 1990s, the term is an adaptation of the initialism LGB, which was used to replace the term gay in reference to the LGBT community beginning in the mid-to-late 1980s.
Activists believed that the term gay community did not accurately represent all those to whom it referred.
Here is my reasoning we should start using LGBTPQ
L = Lesbian
G = Gay
B = Bisexual
T = Transgendered
P = Perception
Q = Queer or Questioning
In an ideal world labels would be irrelevant. Why can’t someone just be Stan or Blanche? Why can’t they just be a person and accommodate the insecurities and ignorance by labeling everything.
Example One: We have had news filled with United Senators doing activity that would be considered non-heterosexual behavior. The world perceived the Senator a certain way until he held a press conference to announce, “Let me be clear, I am not gay.”
Press conference aside, we still hold to the perception that he is not 100% gay and should be immediately supported by the LGBTPQ community. Embrace him. Because now the world has a PERCEPTION, irrelevant of any proclamation.
Example Two: Someone wants to pass as a specific gender in public.
Example Three: Someone is assumed to be a gay person because of their attire, hobbies or feminine traits.
Example Four: Intersex individuals face a constant battle as society wants them to decide gender roles when it fact the individual might be both all the time.
Example Five: More people are fluid with their outward appearance. We dress for the occasion. We dress formal for events, casual for others and in the privacy of our how we all have those “comfort clothes”. Everyone changes in their attire to fit their mood or event. So why should we limit ourselves to one label?
We all dress more alike than we think. Unisex clothing is commonplace.
Example Six: Perception is the major cause for mistreatment. An individual is perceived a certain way and all hate crime start with a idiot feeling threatened by this perception.
A person walks down the street and immediately perceives the individual walking is gay. It may or may not be true. It is true that the person who is making the perception has been triggered, usually because they are self loathing and the perception is a self reflection. They act out that anger towards the victim.
Example Seven: Using a bathroom.
Perception is Everything
We must bring into the community the idea and concept of perception. Protection is needed for employment, housing, education and every aspect of society. No one should ask on any application to specify their genitalia, if they are cisgender, or any other “none of your business” questions.
It will not matter how many laws to protect the LGBT or LGBTQ community … until Perception is included the world will remain a dangerous place.