Some members of the gay-rights community are adding the letter ‘K,’ for “kink,” to the ever-expanding acronym of identities.
The official acronym is now LGBTQQICAPF2K+ according to the magazine The Gay UK. That stands for “Lesbian,” “Gay,” “Bisexual,” “Transgender,” “Queer,” “Questioning,” “Intersex,” “Curious,” “Asexual,” “Agender,” “Ally,” “Pansexual,” “Polysexual,” “Friends and family,” “Two-spirit” and “Kink.”
The Gay UK said the acronym has been growing since the 90s “out of a need to move away from the limiting ‘gay community’” and to “encompass any community that defines itself as anything but heterosexual or cisgender.”
But other members of the community aren’t on board with “kink.”
Claire Heuchan, a self-described black radical feminist who blogs under the name Sister Outrider, said people with kinks can’t be in the club because they don’t face “any structural or systemic discrimination as a result of those proclivities.”
Just no. “Kink” is not a sexual orientation. People with sexual kinks do not face any structural or systematic discrimination as a result of those proclivities.https://t.co/o3pjtMDnMf— Sister Outrider (@ClaireShrugged) January 28, 2018
She said several identities listed in the acronym are just “straight people wishing to exceptionalise their heterosexuality.”
If the rainbow umbrella covers absolutely everyone, it’s meaningless. It’s just an umbrella, as opposed to specific shelter designed to protect marginalised people.— Sister Outrider (@ClaireShrugged) January 28, 2018
Other members and observers of the LGBT+ community also voiced their displeasure with the addition.
Eventually it will just be PEOPLE. #LGBT https://t.co/wLixZWSsKu— Chris R. Wright (@chrisrwright) February 1, 2018
At some point, the queer community absorbs us all. Hallelujah https://t.co/p7zhLk3uqC— David J. Ley PhD (@DrDavidLey) February 1, 2018
There is now a K in LGBTQQICAPF2K+…. I’m just going to use the ∞ from now on: https://t.co/U2JmqVkfwH pic.twitter.com/XQqdeRHKo7— Guava Lamp (@GuavaLamp) February 1, 2018
It’s getting to a point that it is now completely and utterly ridiculous! https://t.co/KoQOVuPiPl— Romain Lopez (@RomainLopezUK) February 1, 2018
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