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How can the T and Q in LGBTQ be better considered and understood by average people?

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Last Updated: 09/24/2019 at 7:06pm
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April 1st, 2015 12:48am
T stands for transgender- people who were assigned a gender when they were born, but don't identify with this gender. Q stands for queer, or questioning, and are people who are simply not cis, or not straight, or don't know!
April 4th, 2015 12:13am
Remember that sexuality is a broad spectrum and not just categories to be dropped into. These names are made so that members of the LGBTQ can be understood or give an answer to someone asking their sexuality. (T)rans and (Q)uestioning are apart of this spectrum, but there are so many more. To be better understood, one must educate themselves on sexuality and what it really means to be LGBTQ.
February 1st, 2016 8:02am
Better awareness, but through good and accurate representation. Think Orange is the New Black, rather than say, The Danish Girl or sitcoms that use trans people as a cheap joke. We need to be normalised and accepted as what we are, just regular people trying to get by.
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September 24th, 2019 7:06pm
The key word is awareness. Many people misjudge some realities just because they don't know them well enough to understand what it really means. That's why it's important to spread knowledge about the trans reality, what it means in physical, psychological, social terms. You can do that by talking about it with the people around you, by promoting and participating to LGBT groups and initiatives, by spreading awareness on social media or any other contexts you find yourself in. And above all, by not staying silent in front of transphobia. We're all part of the change!
April 29th, 2015 3:16am
Television and pop culture greatly influence how people think about the LGBT community. I would argue that Ellen DeGeneres has done more to foster acceptance for the queer community than lawmakers have. People need to put a face to an issue. Once people start seeing trans people on television, their perceptions start to change. Then, when they meet someone in real life who is trans, they have a frame of reference. As of right now, there is a likable trans character on Orange is The New Black, and a famous hollywood director, Lana(Larry) Wachowski, had a sex change operation a few years ago.
May 3rd, 2015 10:09pm
I think that the best way is to share resources that educate people. A lot of people don't understand because they haven't heard about it before, or have only seen what the media shows. Try your best to spread educational sites and apps that teach people what being trans and queer really mean, and that would be at least a step in the right direction!
November 10th, 2015 9:18pm
it is part of the LGBTQ community because trangender people are not cis gender. therefore, the are accepted by most LGBTQ
January 11th, 2016 5:45pm
What's needed is exposure, and the right kind. Not all this sensationalized media nonsense that's being thrown around, but actual, normal transpeople helping cisgender and other non-binary people to understand what it really means to be trans*. That day will come, eventually.
January 12th, 2016 2:06am
Well unfortunately some people don't want to understand or educate themselves on the transgender and questioning spectrum of the LGBTQ+ community. One can't make someone believe anything, yes, we all want a better mutual respect, but sometimes it's not like that. Hopefully it will get to the point in which everyone is better respected, but only time will tell. I hope this helped :)
February 6th, 2017 7:53pm
Well no one is really Q, but Trans do get a lot of attention Trans get to chose the life they want like how we choose our colleges or spouses.
July 11th, 2017 6:54am
People need to come from a place of tolerance and understanding. It isn't anyone's job to educate someone else on how to treat human beings as human beings.
November 14th, 2017 3:39am
Transgender is a conversion of genders and a queer person is someone who still has not decided their sexuality or gender yet.
November 14th, 2017 10:39pm
I think the first step is to better understand what gender is and why it's different than sex. Once that is firmly established in a person's mind, they will be more able to comprehend the rest.
December 4th, 2017 12:08am
The T in LGBTQ stands for "transgender" which is a person who identifies with a gender that is different than what they were assigned at birth. The Q, stands for Queer, which is a term for people who identify with other forms sexuality, gender, and sexual identity that do not specifically identify as LGBT. This could include those who are pansexual, asexual, demisexual, non-bianary, and is not exclusive to many other identities. The term Queer should generally only be used within the LGBTQ community (usually used as slang for anyone idenfying as LGBTQ), by those who identify with this label, and for educational means, as it is highly stigmatized and is considered a slur.
July 9th, 2018 12:08am
Transgender people's gender identity does not match that assigned at birth for example a person assigned female at birth transitioning to be male. Or a person assigned male at birth transitioning to be female. There are other identities such as non-binary, gender queer and demi boy/girl (there are lots more but this is just to name a few) Queer people may identify differently to lgb but not specifically wanting to label it for example someone who is unsure of their sexuality could say they are queer. Or someone who prefers to not label their sexuality but still does not want to identify within the heterosexual label.