Leaving several other factors behind, 21st century is defined by an overall attitude of acceptance and its comprehensiveness. The LGBTQIA community is one group that is at the forefront of this charge. After being much ostracized, now we can see the Transgender Male gradually occupying the place that they should have always deserved in this increasingly homogenous society. Homophobia is now a thing of the past. Transgender equality is now on a high rise, and Transgender Rights play a crucial part in reaching there slowly but certainly. Here we will be taking a look at the various groups that constitute this classification. The concept being an ever-evolving one, dynamism has been a part of the subject perennially. So, here we begin.
In spite of the classifications associated being somewhat defined, they are quite fluid. They are subject to modification with the progression of time. Here, we will be discussing the main ones and the general group that sticks to them.
- Lesbian: Since eons ago, we humans have been socially and culturally habituated to getting attracted to someone who belongs to the opposite gender. The cultural walls seem to disintegrate as time passes by, as we see people who do not conform to these prehistoric social norms expressing themselves freely paying absolutely no heed to the fear of repercussions in most parts of the world. The first category to take place in this list is the lesbians or girls/women who are allured to other women, be it physically or emotionally. While homosexuality has been disapproved of for most of the known history, nowadays, the emergence of the pride culture has given them the platform to express themselves freely.
- Gay: With shackles of homophobia gradually getting dissolved, there is an advent of another group, the gays or boy/men who find themselves getting attracted to other like-minded men/boys, be it physically, emotionally or both.
- Bisexual: Now, that you have got a better idea about both lesbian and gay classifications, who are the bisexuals? These people aren’t restricted by gender boundaries and get allured to all genders equally, sexually, emotionally, or both. They are arguably the largest component of the entire LGBTQIA community. They can express themselves freely in this inclusive society, but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done in this regard. Our popular culture has also taken them dearly, and we find several bisexual characters in dramas, books, and web series alike, where they played a crucial role, which has helped them in firmly securing their position in this esteemed society.
- Transgender: Several prejudices and misconceptions are associated with this group. But, what does Transgender actually mean? Well, Transgender refers to any person who does not match up to a particular gender identity and prefers maintaining a gender-fluid stance. Most of them do not stick to the gender they were allocated at birth. So, there is no point in saying Transgender Male or a Transgender Female. You will also find transgender who undergoes medical or surgical procedures to transform their gender to what they associate with.
- Queer: Queer is a term collectively used to denote people who do not conform to heterosexuality, be it gay, lesbian, or bisexual. While this term was used derogatorily to indicate people who were somewhat different and uncanny but as people became more accepting and with the augmentation of knowledge, the term is not used in a negative way these days. Since this is also a fluid classification, queer rights, just like Transgender Rights, are something that needs to be properly addressed as well.
- Intersex: While there are some who might mistake an intersex and assume them to be a transgender, at first glance, that’s really not the case. To speak precisely, an intersex person is someone who displays attributes of both male and female, be it in the form of their physical build, voice, facial hair, and growth of hair in other body parts. But, the harsh truth is that they continue to be a very misinterpreted community.
- Asexual: This is rather a well-defined and distinctive classification. When we use the term asexual, we actually refer to a group of people who are not seduced toward a partner-based relationship, whether physically or emotionally. You should note here that asexuality and celibacy are not at all the same thing. Rather, asexual people can and do engage in sexual activity if they desire.
So, the final question that strikes our mind is what is actually meant by an ever-inclusive world? Well, it means a prettier and happier society where each and everyone is welcome, and would never be made undesired and interdicted. Widespread acceptance, tolerance, mutual respect, education, and transgender equality are some of the elements that can only be incorporated into the society if rights like Transgender Rights are allowed to blossom in their full bloom. As time passes by, various new classifications can be added to this list, making this world truly inclusive.