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posted Friday, March 1, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 9

Time for a new name? -'GSD' should replace 'LGBT,' say London therapists
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The alphabet soup of an acronym that describes the LGBT community - also known as the LGBTQ community, or sometimes even the LGBTQIA community - can get a little frustrating at times. But for the most part, mainstream society has come to accept LGBT.

A London-based advocacy group, however, believes that LGBT should one day become GSD.

Pink Therapy director Dominic Davies and fellow therapist Pamela Gawler-Wright suggest 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 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 nontraditional relationships, such as 'swingers.'

'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,' added Gawler-Wright.

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's that actually our community is so much bigger than simply LGBT,' they noted.

What do you think? Should we change LGBT to GSD? Respond on our Facebook page or write us at sgn2@sgn.org.



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