- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 1, 2018

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.”



She said several identities listed in the acronym are just “straight people wishing to exceptionalise their heterosexuality.”



Other members and observers of the LGBT+ community also voiced their displeasure with the addition.





• Bradford Richardson can be reached at brichardson@washingtontimes.com.

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