what is LGBTQIA? / LGBTQIAとは?

Hello there ❁


I'm gonna talk about LGBTQIA today! First, I'll explain what each letter indicate. ※If my English is not enough to express/explain in not the best way, please let me know! I'm still learning and never wanna be offensive! (I quoted the definitions from here.)

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L - Lesbian (レズビアン)


"A female homosexual: a female who experiences romantic love and sexual attraction to other females."

G - Gay (ゲイ)



"Gay is often used to describe homosexual males but lesbians may also be referred to as gay."

Calling gay person a "homo" is rude, so please don't!

B - Bisexual (バイセクシュアル)


"Bisexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction or sexual behavior toward both males and females."

T - Transgender (トランスジェンダー)


"Transgender is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity differs from what is typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth."


In Japan, we hear transgender as "Gender Identity Disorder" but it's not the same. Wether the person is diagnosed or not, if the person decided to be transgender then they are. So, their identity is same as "I'm a girl," "I'm a male" and they consider themselves as "transgender." Nothing wrong with that.


And I heard sometimes, people care about how they want to be identified/called. For example, if the person has a female body but a male heart, and the person prefer to be identified pronoun as "he."


Also, don't say "he used to be a man" to a person who has male body but has a female heart. It's more correct to say "she is a trans woman."


Tyler Ford identifies themselves agender/transgender. Agender is a person who doesn't have gender or knows that he/she/they don't fit any gender. And Tyler uses pronoun "they" and "them."

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Q - Queer (クィア) or Questioning (クエスチョニング)


"Queer is an umbrella term for sexual and gender minorities that are not heterosexual or cisgender."


"The questioning of one's gender, sexual identity, sexual orientation, or all three is a process of exploration by people who may be unsure, still exploring, and concerned about applying a social label to themselves for various reasons."

I - Intersexual (インターセクシュアル)



"Intersex is a variation in sex characteristics including chromosomes, gonads, or genitals that do not allow an individual to be distinctly identified as male or female."

A - Asexual (エイセクシュアル)



"Asexuality is the lack of sexual attraction to anyone, or low or absent interest in sexual activity."



LGBTQIA indicates them but there are many more ways to express gender and sexuality. Also, every each sexuality has a big definition but everyone has differences individually. So, not everyone is same. By the way, people who are heterosexual called "straight." Without knowing these things, you may hurt someone accidentally. And maybe we're making the environment which makes them hard to live, and open up about their sexuality. We don't have any right to decide who they are and who they should be.


We need to understand that gender is not only female or male. Just because you don't know, there are many people who are suffering/struggling not be able to be truly who they are front of people. Please know that it needs a lot more courage than you think to be coming out. There are many people who are bullied and suffered after they came out, and killed themselves. Did they really need to suffer like that, just because the society thinks they're not normal?

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They are exactly same human being as people who are straight, and as we decide what our gender is: like woman and man, there are many more ways to express gender and sexuality. They are just minority but there's nothing wrong with it. They're called "not normal" by people who are ignorant. Isn't it embarrassing to judge them based on what ignorant people say rather than trying to learn about them?