London-based advocacy group Pink Therapy, have proposed that the term ‘LGBT’ be replaced with what they say is a more inclusive term, ‘GSD’, meaning ‘Gender and Sexual Diversities’.
Pink Therapy director Dominic Davies and therapist Pamela Gawler-Wright posted a video on their Facebook page on Wednesday in which they discuss changing the LGBT label, reports Queerty.
In the video, Mr Davies says: “LGBT became LGBTIQQA — adding Intersex, Queer, Questioning and their Allies — which was still very limiting.
“It still excluded a lot of groups. People who might be asexual, members of the BDSM/kink community, people who were in non-traditional relationships that might be polyamorous or swingers.
“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.”
Ms Gawler-Wright adds: “A lot of people say to me ‘why this attention to labels, do they matter? Are they useful or are they in some way confining?’
“We need to name ourselves in order to say that we exist, but then once that label has taken hold that kind of puts a static container over our identity and who we are. So I think language will constantly evolve around this.’”
Mr Davies then says: “I think the labels do matter but it would be nice if one day we could all be accepting of ourselves and each other with all those differences being celebrated.”
According to the Facebook page, Pink Therapy is the largest independent specialist gender and sexual diversity therapy organisation in the UK.