(the importance of the L’s and the G’s being more inclusive and accepting of the B’s and the T’s)
Not only is the job of any new generation to carry the torch, but also redefine, reshape and rethink what our community means for us. With technology evolving so rapidly, it can be hard to stay on top of things, especially definitions, in our attempt to be “politically correct” or treat people with basic respect. We, as a community, should take the time to learn from each other’s experiences. While we may have a general idea of what a certain term means, it is still our responsibility to follow up and ask what a person’s identity means to them. For example, the “trans umbrella” means that we have different identities that may or may not fall under this category such as transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, two-spirited and more. However, we also have to take a step back and realize that this is just one slice of a person’s life. Gender and sexual identity are meant to serve as a general guide, with the understanding that everyone’s experiences are unique to them. While it can be overwhelming, the basic message is that we cannot assume things about people any longer. It is important to have our own support networks in which we can confide in others through shared experiences and empathy. However, also equally important, is to reach out and get involved wit the rest of the “alphabet soup.” We could do this by making an effort to go to different events happening in our various communities. Alphabet soup… and proud of it!
Chris Angel Murphy was the 2009 LA PRIDE Outstanding Youth Leader
Honoree. Currently attending Cal State LA, Chris was recently accepted
to the MSW program at USC. Chris also speaks about gender and sexual
identity issues at various schools and is a guest columnist for LN Magazine.