Originally published: 11.08.16
What does the “A” in “LGBTQIA+” stand for?
Well, no. Despite what a lot of folks say, it doesn’t stand for ally – nor should it.
There are a number of issues with the acronym, and these issues are worth debating. For example, there are discussions about whether “intersex” should be included in the acronym. There’s also debate about whether a collection of letters is an inadequate label for a community with a great deal of diverse orientations and identities.
But for the purpose of this article alone, I want to focus on the idea that ‘ally’ is, or should be, a part of the LGBTQIA+ acronym.
Here are a few reasons why ally doesn’t belong in the LGBTQIA+ acronym. …
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