Inqueery: An Introduction

We here at KUL have tackled a lot of issues and topics, ranging from the case of local music not sounding “local” to trying out veganism during Ramadan.

However, we have overlooked the topic of LGBTQIA+ issues.

I’m sure we all know someone who is gay, lesbian or are a part of the LGBTQIA+ community in some way, but what do we really know about Queer culture? Do we really understand what our Queer peers are going through? Don’t we all want equal basic human rights?

So, in order for us to make a better future, one without prejudice, it is important that we educate ourselves in order to better understand the lives of marginalized communities, or in this case, the Queer community in particular.

Therefore, it is my utmost pleasure to introduce ‘Inqueery’, a segment dedicated to Queer-related content!

Brace yourself for the oncoming onslaught of rainbows, unicorns, glitter, and hymns praising our one true god and savior, RuPaul (just kidding, we pray to Satan just like how that conservative aunt of yours told you we do).

I will personally be writing these posts in the hopes of sharing more about Queer culture as well as exposing you to the beautifully diverse world of Queer people.

Before I fully convert you educate you, I merely want to lay a foundation for your understanding so that you don’t get lost throughout the following weeks.

I want to begin with the terms ‘LGBTQIA+’ and ‘Queer’.

LGBTQIA+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual. The ‘+’ sign is there to represent Queer people whose sexuality or gender identity don’t fall into above categories such as Pansexual individuals.

It is commonly written as LGBT and there is absolutely no problem with that.

Next up, the term ‘Queer’.

This term is used mainly as an umbrella term to describe anyone who isn’t heterosexual or cisgender.

A cisgender person is someone who identifies as the sex they were assigned to at birth or, more simply, someone who isn’t transgender.

Gays, Lesbians, Transgender individuals, and etc all fall under the category of Queer. In the past, Queer has been used as a slur to attack and insult people within the LGBTQIA+ community, but that term has since been reclaimed. Yay to empowerment and reclaiming power! We will soon rule the world if all goes according to The Gay Agenda™️.

However, if someone doesn’t feel comfortable with the word ‘Queer’, be respectful and just don’t use it. Don’t try to justify it by telling them “oh but I read a post that some chick wrote on some website that the term has been reclaimed!”

It won’t make a difference to them if they’re uncomfortable with it, so be polite and don’t use it. Also, don’t use my name, you’ll wear it out.

So, that was your tiny dose of Queer education for the day!

Some topics I will be covering over the course of the next few weeks are:

  1. Terminology and slurs
  2. Sexuality vs gender identity
  3. Misconceptions about the LGBTQIA+ community.

I want to take a moment to say that when I started expanding my knowledge in this area, I had a lot of trouble absorbing it too. Now that I’m further down the road, though, I realized that I only had trouble processing this information because society has enforced upon me their ideologies, which I have internalized. A lot of what I learned were in conflict with the values of society which I have internalized.

I do promise that if you stick with me and this segment, my editor will personally send you a cheque for 50 dollars.

I’m kidding, we’re all broke people here. What I can offer, though, is a small peek of the breadth of human diversity and a guiding voice to help you make sense of and appreciate this diversity.

Honestly, in my opinion, it is so worth it because let me tell you right now, diversity is beautiful. Not just in terms of Queer people, but also in terms of race, culture, and a whole bunch of other things. Too often we try to erase others’ differences and we’re so quick to say “we’re all the same!” when really it’s our differences that make us so beautiful.

I want to end with a disclaimer that I am not all knowing, nor am I always right. I, too, am still learning and discovering more about Queer culture just like you.

I may be a Genders and Sexualities student, but that doesn’t mean I know all there is to know about Queer people and Queer culture. So, feel free to leave comments or send us an email about your thoughts/experiences/questions/etc. We are very lonely people and we would love it if you left comments or sent us emails!

Queer education is a conversation and a discussion, one which I hope everyone will start joining in.

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