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WHAT DOES THE ACRONYM "LGBTQ" STAND FOR?
The LGBT lifestyle is now classed as a civil right and celebrated as such in the highest echelons of our government. In fact it is now viewed by many in our government to be morally right to support and endorse the LGBTQ lifestyle, and immoral and insensitive to oppose it. It is evident that our nation's moral compass has been drastically reset.
On the day that the supreme handed down it’s ruling, which made same sex unions in all states, The White House was lit with the colors of the rainbow. President Obama hailed the ruling, saying in the Rose Garden "Justice has arrived “like a thunderbolt” for gay and lesbian couples. Today, we can say in no uncertain terms that we have made our union a little more perfect," .
In explaining why the rainbow colors, the White House issued the following statement. “Tonight, the White House was lit to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to progress and equality, here in America and around the world. The pride colors reflect the diversity of the LGBT community, and tonight, these colors celebrate a new chapter in the history of American civil rights.”
News reporter Sue Dunum tells us, “On the heels of the statement from the White House supporting the push for LGBT rights, a national Gallup phone survey released today shows that nearly half of Americans can only guess what the letters LGBT stand for.
A lot of people said that LGBT has something or other to do with sex that isn’t your Mom and Pop variety,” pollster David Bell told the NY Times. “But they couldn’t say what the letters stood for…a lot guessed that the GB letters stand for Gang Banging. And slightly more than 14% were guessing that it’s some fancy BLT sandwich and the G stands for Gravy. “There is confusion about what the heck LGBT is…mind you 8% of men didn’t know what heterosexual means and quite a few said, “Look dude. I’m totally into women, okay?”
The LGBT acronym, which stands for Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender, was successfully put into words by 52% of poll participants with 23% saying they “fully or somewhat” support equal rights for LGBT individuals, and 21% saying they would “definitely or most likely” rent their basement suite out to someone who looked like they might be LGBT. “Younger people showed a much higher awareness of what LGBT means.
Some activist now add the Q to the acronym thereby making it LGBTQ. They do so because they say the the term Queer is not specific to sexual orientation or to gender identity. They say that the Q is more of an umbrella term that can encompass a lot of people. Cleo Anderson, a 26-year-old intern at GLAAD, a prominent gay rights group explains, "Queer means that you are one of those letters (LGBT), but you could be all of those letters and not knowing is OK."
THE BIGGER ISSUE IS NOT SAME SEX UNIONS--BUT LGBTQ-ISM ITSELF---When most people hear the term, "gay rights" they unusually envision a sanitized respectful image of two individuals who simply want to live together as life long partners. The image that most same sex supporters wants the public at large to envision is one similar to the one we show here.
Most people don’t realize the fact that the recent supreme court’s ruling, on same sex unions, did more than legalizing same sex unions. Perhaps there are many who realize the truth, of what this ruling really means, but they choose to conveniently look the other way. Most of us as believers know that there is much more to the recent supreme court's ruling than most people realize. This ruling gave a greater air of legitimacy to all things that the acronym "LGBT" stands for.
A poll which was done shortly after the same sex ruling was handed down, revealed that many people don't even know what the acronym, "LGBT" stands for. News reporter Sue Dunum tells us that recent survey showed that many people don't what what LGBT stands for. "A national Gallup phone survey shows that nearly half of Americans can only guess what the letters stand for. A lot of people said that LGBT has something or other to do with sex that isn’t your Mom and Pop variety. But they couldn’t say what the letters stood for…a lot guessed that the GB letters stand for Gang Banging. And slightly more than 14% were guessing that it’s some fancy BLT sandwich and the G stands for Gravy."
ONLY THE TIP OF THE GAY ICEBERG---Mariners have often observed that icebergs can be deceitful. What you see is just a small part of a much larger mass of ice that will easily rip open the hull of a ship. So is the case when it comes to the same sex marriage issue, this is only the tip of the gay iceberg. The bigger issue is the push by those of the LGBT community to legitimize all things gay.
Most believers have been drawn into the same sex marriage debate, without realizing that this is far from the main issue. The main issue is LGBT rights. Mariners have often observed that icebergs can be deceitful. What you see is just a small part of a much larger mass of ice that will easily rip open the hull of a ship. So it is with the same sex union issue, this is but the tip of the iceberg.
We are now faced with the issue of accepting all things which pertain to the "LGBT" rights agenda. The domino effect is now taking place and will continue, with no end in sight. Curriculums in schools will change drastically to align with this new definition. Furthermore, there will be an avalanche of court cases related to this issue. Leaders and people in churches, schools, ministries, and universities will face the revoking of tax-exempt status, penalties, and jail time if they don’t comply. Big Brother will say, “My way, or the highway.”
Portions of what lies beneath is now surfacing. Most people don’t realize the fact that the recent supreme court’s ruling, on same sex unions, did more than legalizing same sex unions. Perhaps there are many who realize the truth, but choose to conveniently look the other way. This ruling gave a greater air of legitimacy to all things gay, as expressed by those who publicly express their gay pride. As a result the doors of the gay closet have been ripped off the hinges.
LGBT???—WHAT'S THAT??? It is now a very common sight to see different expressions of the LGBTQ lifestyle prominently displayed on magazine covers, and being promoted TV and at the movies.
In fact we can now see these images displayed on the book shelves of our local grocery and drug store counter. Yet most people are not that familiar with what the acronym, “LGBTQ” stands for. We will give a brief overview, of what these commonly seen images represents.
In explaining what the LGBT acronym stands for, we will simply state the well documented facts, AS ACKOWLEDGED BY THOSE WHO ARE LGBTQ. (COMPARE BELOW).
#1. Transvestite-- is a person who dresses in a style or manner traditionally associated with the opposite sex. Some dictionaries still define transvestite as one who derives sexual pleasure from wearing clothes normally associated with the opposite sex.
#2. Transsexuals ---Are people who experience a gender identity that is inconsistent with, or not culturally associated with, their assigned sex, and desire to permanently transition to the gender with which they identify, usually seeking medical assistance (including hormone replacement therapy and other sex reassignment therapies . The term “Transsexual” is generally considered a subset of transgender, some transsexual people reject the label of transgender.
#3. Transgender-- are people who have a gender identity, or gender expression, that differs from their assigned sex. transgender people are sometimes called transsexual if they desire medical assistance to transition from one sex to another. Transgender is also an umbrella term in addition to including people whose gender identity is the opposite of their assigned sex (trans men and trans women , it may include people who are not exclusively masculine or feminine.
#1 TRANGENDER INTERRESTED IN MEN ONLY- Laverne Cox was on the cover of the June 9, 2014, issue of Time, and was interviewed for the article "The Transgender Tipping Point" by Katy Steinmetz, which ran in that issue and the title of which was also featured on the cover; this makes Cox the first openly transgender person on the cover of Time, As Cox explains, “I was 8 years old and I was just convinced that I was a girl. Up until that point, everyone was telling me that I was a boy” “I was really feminine and I couldn’t help it; In my mind I was really a girl, but I was assigned male at birth, At 11 I was beginning to hit puberty and was strongly attracted to boys. Cox underwent gender reassignment surgery. Cox explains, "I very much believe in love. I want to be in love and in a partnership with a man…I see myself in love and in a fierce partnership with someone who loves and respects me."
#2 TRANSGENDER INTERRESTED IN WOMEN ONLY- Bruce Jenner is an example of a transgendered person, who does not view themselves as gay, in the sense of being attracted to other men. Jenner who was once named the male athlete of the year, said his most immediate desire was to simply come and act out the femininity, which he says was always there. After undergoing hours of facial-feminization surgery, breast augmentation and hormone therapy, Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner) has finally emerged on the cover of Vanity Fair. He says though he has changed his gender identity, he has no interest in men. He said he will be a lesbian who only dates women. He said he wants to be feminine and pretty - and also to feel the touch of another woman.'
#3. Transvestite who say they are not gay (in the sense of having a same sex attraction): But they acknowledge the fact that they are aroused through wearing feminine attire. Many transvestites report when cross dressing, they experience different sensations at different times. They explain that when cross-dressing there are at times a combination of reasons why they experience sexual sensations on a specific occasions. Many cross dressers/transvestites are married and cross-dress in secret.
Many times, the person is initially aroused by lingerie, Often this is the transvestite’s first and primary association with feminine clothing. For transvestites, the ultimate result is that they begin dressing in the clothes even though that may not have been their original intent. Many transvestites report that through the sexual simulation they experienced while wearing various article of wearing clothes they developed a strong attachment while in puberty. Some say that the attachment arose much later in life. In some cases sexual arousal is obtained via sexual contact with another person while they are dressed. Most often that person is a female. Others, who are heterosexual at all other times, fantasize about sex with men, but only while they are dressed as women.
It’s difficult to document certain aspects of tranvestism because some aspects are done in secret. Col Russell Williams is the most documented example. This came about because of his arrest and the evidence which was gathered. He was not arrested for cross dressing, but because of the crimes of rape and murder he committed. When arrested hundreds of images were confiscated which showed Williams being sexually aroused while wearing female attire. He got a thrill out of wearing the garments and photographing himself in them inside his victims’ homes. We stress here again Most people who cross dress DO NOT commit the type of crimes, Williams was arrested for.
Col Williams, aged in his mid 40s, was a long-time married man. Williams was a respected Canadian air force leader by day; a commander in charge of Canada’s largest air force base, in Trenton, Ontario. In the case with Williams he did not associate his Cross-dressings with the LGBT community and he did not see himself as anything but straight/heterosexual.
LGBT AND NOW "Q"-- What does the 'Q' stand for? Q can mean either 'questioning' or 'queer,' Fred Sainz, a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, an organization that lobbies for LGBT rights, told USA TODAY Network. “People use the term queer because it's not specific to sexual orientation or to gender identity but is more of an umbrella term that can encompass a lot of people, according to Sainz.
Queer is anything that exists outside of the dominant narrative," Cleo Anderson, a 26-year-old intern at GLAAD, a prominent gay rights group, told USA TODAY Network. "Queer means that you are one of those letters (LGBT), but you could be all of those letters and not knowing is OK," she said.
"For decades (queer) was used as a pejorative against LGBT people," Sainz said: In recent years the LGBT community, particularly younger people, have reclaimed the word, Sainz said. "It's a badge of honor. On 'questioning‘ Those who use the Q to mean 'questioning' refer to people who are in the process of exploring their identity, Ross Murray, the director of programs at GLAAD, told USA TODAY Network. "Questioning means someone who is figuring out their gender identity and figuring out how they want to identify their sexual orientation," he said.
Some activist add another Q for questioning – producing the variant LGBTQQ – which represents people who are still exploring their sexuality or gender identity. University of Houston student William Chandler says, "It's an acronym that's really changed over time. As we've gotten more open as a community and more accepting, the T got added. Now within the last couple of years, the Q has been added." And it doesn't have to stop at five letters.”
Today there is a major disconnect between the public’s perception of the LGBTQ lifestyle, and what LGBTQ activist are actually seeking to promote. This is due is a great part to the fact that most of the public at large, are not as comfortable with the totality of the LGBTQ lifestyle, as they are with the seemingly more respectable aspects of the so called “gay” lifestyle.
THERE ARE THOSE WHO ARE LGBTQ, WHO SAY THEY DON’T WANT NORMAL---
There are some in the LGBTQ community who push back at the notion, that they have to fit into the expected, “norm.” Jess Ison gives her take on this issue. Compare. “I am a queer person who is vehemently opposed to gay marriage; As queer people, one of the best things we have is our commitment to creating new family structures. What S Bear Bergman calls “the constellation of intimates”. This constellation, also widely known as the chosen family, is a way of living in this world differently.
We do not follow the norms that dictate heterosexual relationships and we are very happy about that. In the face of a society that says we are wrong, our communities are nothing short of revolutionary. There is a reason why the people campaigning for gay marriage are constantly showing off their happy families. They fit the norm. How often have I read “we are just like you” and shuddered, because we are not just like straight people and we don’t want to be.”
This quote on the part of the LGBTQ community who push back at the notion, that they have to fit into the expected, “norm.” Jess Ison, is quite eye opening, in that is reveal one of the up until recently most hidden and guarded truths: Which is that the main thrust of the LGBTQ lifestyle is not about a committed monogamous relationship.
One individual who labels themselves as queer, put it this way, ‘Many of us fundamentally don’t believe in monogamy., We value and enjoy our independence , the allure of various sexual interest is much more appealing. While there are a number of married gay men who are “monogam-ish” or open (having other sexual partners on the side), many of us don’t see the point in marriage, if we’re not going to be monogamous anyway. When I think of marriage, I think of all the older couples who are miserable in their marriage, but are too afraid to leave their partner. I think of boredom.”
Cassie Sheets explains why she prefers to be called queer, “I don’t have the shame they think I should have for being queer. In fact, I’m angry that they think I should be ashamed at all. I find it liberating to take a word that’s been used against me and say, “Yeah, I am queer. You got a problem with that?“
Using ‘queer’ is a way of reminding us how we are perceived by the rest of the world.“
There are a lot of people who “tolerate” LGBT people without actually accepting us for who we are. They’re the kind of people who wouldn’t vote to ban same-sex marriage, but think it’s inappropriate when they see a queer couple kissing on the street, or get uncomfortable when they meet a transgender person who doesn’t “pass” as cisgender and doesn’t care.
They would probably be more comfortable if I identified as a lesbian, or even as bisexual. I don’t feel the need to make people who barely tolerate me more comfortable. I also don’t think softening and reshaping my sexual orientation to fit more comfortably into a dominant straight culture is going to win them over. To me, queer means more than who I partner with. It means having relationships that don’t adhere to the traditional gender roles in heterosexual relationships, regardless of the gender of my partners.
I choose to use queer to describe myself politically as much as I do to describe my sexual orientation. I’m attracted to and date people of all genders. I could, like many people who are attracted to two or more genders, identify as bisexual, but I find that a little limiting. I could call myself pansexual too, but I like queer best. To me, queer reaffirms that whether I’m in a relationship with a woman, a non-binary person, or a man, my relationships are not straight.’ In truth much of the LGBTQ lifestyle, has nothing to do with a loving, committed, lifetime, monogamous, relationship’
Bernadette Smith explains. “There are lots of people who don’t identify with either male or female boxes, but rather fall somewhere in between. Simply put, they are gender fluid. Another word for gender fluid is genderqueer, commonly shortened as queer.
Similarly there are lots of people who don’t identify as straight, gay or even bisexual. Sexual identity is also a spectrum. If someone has a broad range of attraction to all different kinds of people there’s a very good chance they’re going to self-identify as pansexual or queer. Sometimes I referred to queer as “the anti-label label”: for people who are more fluid and don’t like labels or boxes, it’s the perfect label.”
As some LGBTQ activist point out, this is what diversity is all about. A unnamed gay person voiced his opinion as follows. “We don’t need to hide behind a love is love banner, if those who wave the banner, only want it to denote, a same sex caring and committed couple. We seem to have become ashamed of being LGBTs. I don’t believe, back in the day, that marriage is what gay liberators had in mind for our future – when we pretend that it’s mainly about being in a loving, caring and committed relationship. This is but another closet that many of us are hiding in. Why would anyone be campaigning to be a part of such a hoary, old-fashioned, heterosexual institution that thankfully has had nothing to do with us?”
Bernadette Smith further explains “Contrary to what the slogan may imply, the “love is love” slogan is not mainly about the right to be with the person you love. The bigger issue is about being able to freely act out whatever aspect of the LGBTQ lifestyle, one most ‘LOVES’ to do. The truth of the matter the main thrust of the LGBTQ agenda is to achieve the right (among consenting adults), to act out sexually, as one pleases.”
A unnamed gay person voiced his opinion as follows. Gay politics has always been about a cultural pride and driving to be accepted for exactly what we are. Not what everyone else wishes we are. Being LGBTQ is not merely about love or being loved, it’s about the freedom to sexually do the things, we as adults love to do. This is why we present ourselves as “LGBTQ” But suddenly, or not so suddenly, we seem to have become no longer proud of what we are and have taken to redefining ourselves.
We seem to have become ashamed of being LGBTQs. I don’t believe, back in the day, that marriage is what gay liberators had in mind for our future – another kind of closet, and yet here we are today, lowering the bar to exactly that. Why would anyone be campaigning to be a part of such a hoary, old-fashioned, heterosexual institution that thankfully has had nothing to do with us?
This is not a progressive move on our part – it is regressive. One of the many blessings of being LGBT is that we aren’t automatically expected to confirm to heterosexuality’s often dubious customs and mores. But here we are now, begging for them. When did we get to be so lame, and so needy and so ‘victimy’?
In an article written by Leo Hohmann he explains that the push for same sex unions was only the beginning. He states that the LGBT movement has much more in it’s sight than Marriage. In fact for many in the LGBT community marriage is not even on the table, when it comes to their personal agenda. As Leo explains, “ Now, the real fight begins, say leaders in the LGBT movement. And it won’t be for the faint of heart. The So-called “marriage equality” is not the end-game, according to many LBGTQ activists.
It’s merely a window through which they will push for other rights, in housing, education, health care, employment and religious practice. An op-ed in the Nation, a left-of-center magazine, provided a playbook for LGBT rights activists moving forward from last Friday’s 5-4 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court proclaiming same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.
In that op-ed, LGBT activists were encouraged to take the offensive against any individual or group that does not agree with their worldview. “Create a specific anti-fascist infrastructure of social media, legal, research and watchdog groups to expose and defeat the right wing culturally and politically,” writes the article’s authors, a trio of LGBT rights activists. “In sum, the work ahead for queers is to be transformative, not transfixed.” The totality of what the acronym, “LGBTQ” is now much clearer, than in times past. The question that we now face on a personal level, is where to we stand on the issue of LGBTQ-ISM???
Now that we have a clearer understanding of what the acronym “LGBTQ” stands for we can better understand the gravity of what all the celebration at the white house entailed. As we said earlier, On the day that the supreme handed down it’s ruling, which made same sex unions in all states, the White House was lit with the colors of the rainbow to celebrate. The White House also issued the following statement.
“Tonight, the White House was lit to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to progress and equality, here in America and around the world. The pride colors reflect the diversity of the LGBT community, and tonight, these colors celebrate a new chapter in the history of American civil rights.”
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