Therapists rename gay, bi and trans people as GSDs

Think you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender? Not any more, apparently you are a Gender and Sexual Diversity or GSD

Therapists rename gay, bi and trans people as GSDs
21 February 2013

The term LGBT is too exclusive and should be replaced with Gender and Sexual Diversities (GSD), a UK-based therapy organization has said.

Pink Therapy in London has posted a video on Facebook arguing the term LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) needs to be replaced.

In the video, released yesterday (20 February), Pink Therapy director Dominic Davies and fellow therapist Pamela Gawler-Wright discuss how LGBT is ineffective, and GSD is inclusive.

Davies says: ‘It became LGBTIQQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning and allies) and that was still very limited, it still excluded a lot of other groups, it excluded people who might be asexual, members of the BDSM/kink community.’

Gawler-Wright adds: ‘People need a better language.’

LGBT started being used in the late 1980s and 1990s, and since the 21st century, new letters have been added to the acronym to be more inclusive.

Pink Therapy wants to use GSD to be more inclusive of people who do not consider themselves part of the available labels.

Pamela concludes: ‘People ask me "why this attention to labels, do they matter?"

‘We need to name ourselves to say we exist, but once that label has taken hold that kind-of puts a static container over our identity, on who we are, so I think language will constantly evolve around this.’

Dominic adds: ‘I think the labels do matter, but it would be nice if one day we could be accepting of ourselves each other with all those differences being celebrated.’

The acronym GSD is used text slang for ‘get stuff done’. In the gay world it stands for Gay Switchboard Dublin. And most commonly online it stands for ‘German Shepherd dog’.

Watch their video here:



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