LGBTQIA Community

 

We’ve always read about the LGBTQIA community but do we really know anything about it?

History

In the past, homosexuality was really common. For example, according to Aristotle although most “belligerent nations” were strongly influenced by their women, the Celts were unusual because their men openly preferred male lovers. In Greece, we could remember that mature man would not usually have a mature male mate but the older man would usually be the erastes (lover) to a young eromenos (loved one).Men could also want adolescent boys as partners as shown by some of the earliest documents concerning same-sex pederastic relationships, which come from ancient Greece. Often they were favored over women. Someone claimed that “Women are for business, boys are for pleasure.” Though slave boys could be bought, free boys had to be courted, and ancient materials suggest that the father also had to consent to the relationship. About women, we could talk about Sappho, one of the most famous female poet of the VII century. She was from Lesbo, a greek island, and she lived in Mitilene. She took care of the women education and these women were part of a thiasos, a religious association that venerates Aphrodite, the Goddess of love. She wrote a lot of poems about her students but, against the common opinion, she was probably bisex, not lesbian.

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In the Ancient Rome, the young male body remained a focus of male sexual attention, but relationships were between older free men, and slaves or released youths who took the receptive role in sex. All the emperors, with the exception of Claudius took male lovers. Elogabalus and Nero were trans and Nero, according to the writers, married a boy dressing like a woman.

About the flag

The first rainbow flag was designed in 1978 by Gilbert Baker, a San Francisco artist, in response to calls by activists for a symbol for the community. Baker used the five-striped “Flag of the Race” as his inspiration, and designed a flag with eight stripes: pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet to represent sexuality, life, healing, sun, nature, art, harmony, and spirit.

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About the meaning of the letters.

L is for Lesbians, women who is sexually attracted to other women.

G is for Gay, men who are sexually attracted by other men.

B is for Bisex, women or men who are sexually attracted to both the genders.

T is for Transgender, women or men who think that their biological sex is different than the gender with which they identify. T can also stand for Transexual,  people who have physically altered their body to match their gender identity.

Q is for Queer, they attempt to reject the idea that the labels of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender are able to explain any one person’s identity.

I is for Intersex, people who are born with any of several variations in sex characteristics including chromosomes, sex hormones  or genitals.

A is for Asexual or Allies. Asexual people who have lack of sexual attraction to others, or low or absent interest in or desire for sexual activity. We have different types of it. Allies are the people who fight for the community.d4bd096b8a87b61953594283a7b665c7.jpg

Differences between sexual orientations and gender.

Someone says:” So if she’s a girl now, of course she will like boys!”. No, this is really wrong. First of all, sexual orientations don’t define your gender. You can be a cis women and like other women or men or whatever you want. Cisgender people is a term for people whose gender identity matches the sex that they were assigned at birth and it’s the opposite of transgender.  There could be trans boys who like men, trans boys who like women or cis girls who like  boys or girls. Your gender will NEVER define your sexual orientation or what you like or wear.

These are all the flags of the LGBTQIA community.

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 Bear:  often a larger, hairier man who projects an image of rugged masculinity.

Androphilia and gynephilia: are terms used to describe a sexual orientation, as an alternative to a gender binary homosexual and heterosexual conceptualization. Androphilia describes sexual attraction to men or masculinity and  gynephilia describes the sexual attraction to women or femininity.

Autoeroticism: who has only sex with himself or herself.

Pansexual: who is sexually interested in other people  regardless of gender.

Polysexual: who is attracted  to some, but not all, possible genders.

Skoliosexual: who is attracted by non-binary identified inviduals.

Genderqueer is used to describe a person who feels that his/her gender identity does not fit into the socially constructed “norms” associated with his/her biological sex.

Gender binary: the assertion that there are only two genders, male and female.

Gender non-binary: describes any  gender identity which does not fit the male and female binary.

Neutrois: non-binary gender identity which is often associated with a “neutral” gender.

Polyamorous: is the practice of or desire for intimate relationships with more than one partner.

I hope you spent a beautiful pride month.

-Stefania

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