Identity can be a very hard topic to discuss, especially as we don’t tend to consciously think about what makes us who we are. Camille helps introduce some keywords that can be used in ideas of identity and normality.
The concept of identity is an ever-changing landscape. The words we use to describe ourselves – and those around us – are heavily influenced by society as we know it. One of the key themes within identity that is almost invisible to us, is the idea of normality. What is it to be normal? What are the things about you that define what normal is to you?
To help get your ideas flowing, here are a few words that you may come across when looking at the themes of identity and how we talk about ideas of normality.
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Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
Someone who identifies with the gender that they were assigned at birth.
The belief that male and female gender identities and heterosexual attractions to one another are considered the ‘norm’.
Being attracted to the opposite gender.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning. The ‘+’ communicates that the community expands to other gender and sexual identities. This acronym highlights and represents those who do not identify with either heteronormative or cisgender identities. The LGBTQ+ acronym may also be seen as:
LGBTI (I = Intersex)
LGBTQIAPD (A = Asexual, P = Polysexual and D = Demisexual)
LGBTTQQIAAP (the second T = Transsexual, two separate Q’s for Queer and Questioning, and a second A = Ally).
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