LGBTIQ. LGBTIQ. This acronym stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, INTERSEX (my emphasis), and Queer individuals in Austrailia, Europe, and other places in the world. The word “trannie” or “tranny” is an offensive term for referring to Transgender persons. And leaving INTERSEX out of this acronym altogether, AS IS THE CASE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, renders this community of biologically diverse human beings invisible and therefore nonexistent in the eyes of International Human Rights Law.
One reason I joined the American Psychological Association as an Associate Member last year was to be part of a professional group that recognized the needs of persons with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. However, as of this date Intersexuality, AKA Biological Diversity, has yet to be included in the Division 44 LGBT areas of study.
In my 1990s undergraduate and graduate studies in Psychology I was not required to know about the Human Genome, Genetics, Human Biology, or Disorders of Sexual Development. Most of these things that are such an indispensable part of our lives today didn’t exist back then or were just starting to be explored academically. This means I must educate myself in these areas if I am to be relevant as a transgender and intersex blogger. This I am doing, not because it is a “required course for a degree”, but because it MUST be done!
The two links immediately below are presentations on Intersexuality by medical historian, Alice Dreger. The first one is a Ted Talk with French subtitles that runs about 18 minutes. The second one is an academic presentation running for over 1 hour 30 min.
https://youtu.be/59-Rn1_kWAA (Alice Dreger: “Is Anatomy Destiny” 18 min. Sous-titres en français)
https://youtu.be/ZGfRANkJJRQ (Alice Dreger: “Why Have Intersex Rights Been So Hard to Secure in America?” 1 hour 35 min.)
I saw this on the BBC News App and thought you should see it:
Australian TV host Karl Stefanovic apologises for transgender jibeThe presenter of an Australian breakfast TV show apologises to the LGBT* community for making a series of jokes about cross dressers.
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*The BBC left the “I” out also! Mr. Stefanovic apologizes to the entire LGBTIQ community in Australia.
Roberta A Westerberg, MA