Could "LGBT" one day become "GSD"? A London-based advocacy group certainly hopes so.
Pink Therapy director Dominic Davies and fellow therapist Pamela Gawler-Wright suggested GSD, or "Gender and Sexual Diversities," as a more inclusive community term in a new video posted on the group's Facebook page.
In the clip, Davies noted that the term LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) still excluded "a whole batch of people who didn't feel able to go to mainstream counseling organizations and also wouldn't necessarily be welcome at LGBT counseling organizations," including asexual people and those in otherwise non-traditional relationships, such as swingers.
Added Gawler-Wright: "Now we're allowing more of a spectrum...people need wider language, people need better language to have that conversation ... We exist at this time in a different way of thinking collectively and inclusively."
Officials on the group's Facebook page echoed those sentiments. "The point we're trying to make is not that our community shouldn't be called LGBT, it' that actually our community is SO much BIGGER than simply LGBT," they noted.
I don't know about you, but I don't think that Gender and Sexual Diversities describes me. I identify as gay, not queer or any other term. I am gay. For most of the word gay's life in English, its primary meaning was "joyful", "carefree", "bright and showy", and the word was very commonly used with this meaning in speech and literature. I also think that describes me as well as the modern interpretation which of course means a homosexual man.
What do you think? Should we change 'LGBT' to 'GSD'?