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New calls for Kink to be added to LGBTI acronym

New calls for Kink to be added to LGBTI acronym

Four guys together in kink leather straps and one guy in a hat with leather chest strap

There are new calls for the letter ‘K’ (which stands for ‘Kink’) to join the LGBTI initialism.

According The Gay UK, the full all-inclusive list of initials is now: LGBTQQICAAAPF2K+

Breaking this down, the letters stand for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Agender, Ally, Pansexual, Polysexual, Friends and Family, Two Spirit and Kink.

Man in kink leather gear at gay pride
Photo: torbakhopper / Flickr

But many took to Twitter to respond with confusion to the addition of ‘k’ to the list.

Some called out the fact kink is not a sexuality or a gender identity.

Vonny Leclerk said: ‘There’s now a K for Kink in the LGBT+ acronym. Really? Is kinkiness now viewed as a sexual orientation?’

Twitter user Sister Outrider wrote: ‘Just no. [It] is not a sexual orientation. People with sexual kinks do not face any structural or systematic discrimination as a result of those proclivities.’

‘Isn’t Pride all about celebrating who you have sex with?’

Previous forums on the subject also discuss the appropriateness of adding kink to the acronym.

On a previous MacRumors forum, one user wrote: ‘The queer community is already incredibly sexualized.’

‘One major problem I have with including kink in the LGBTQ+ community is it makes LGBTQ+ spaces inappropriate for minors. LGBTQ+ youth need safe spaces to express themselves and any struggles they may be facing as a result of their identity,’ they said.

But then another came to kink’s defence: ‘Personally, I see the sexual aspect of gay pride parades being the participants giving the finger to the people grossed out by the sexual aspect of their relationship as if that’s the only thing it is about.’

Then another said: ‘Isn’t Pride all about celebrating who you have sex with?’

What do you think?