The label maze can be daunting as we sort through our unique gender identity and try not to offend anyone by not using the right label or pronoun. Lately I have been referring to myself as a gender fluid crossdressing trans person. In general I also consider myself as part of the LGBTQ or LGBTQ+ community – falling under the broad trans umbrella label. However, increasingly as I read things I hear people use the labels LGBTQ and Queer interchangeably. One person I chatted with said it generally is older people who use the LGBTQ label and younger people who prefer the Queer label. I have great admiration and respect for your thoughts and wonder if you have any observations or suggestions on the use of these labels.
I admit I haven’t noticed different generations using different labels or terms to describe how they identify, but I would suppose that “queer” can cover a lot of ground, similar to how “transgender” can do the same thing. As you mentioned, “transgender” is very much an umbrella term that, in my opinion, covers anyone that isn’t cis. More specific terms, such as crossdresser or drag, can also be part of the transgender spectrum.
Not to sound like a cliche, but younger generations are the future. What is lacking in life experience is made up in progressive thinking and the rebellion against the status quo.
I mean, we were all there once. We also fought against the generation that sired us.
I work for a college and I work with a lot of people who are (much) younger than I am and I have to say I love that generation. They are smart, funny, and despite what a lot of people think, they work hard. Juggling full-time college and a part-time job is not easy.
Just like my generation was more progressive than my parents’ generation, they seem to be, for the most part, less interested in labels (whether it is gay, straight, Democrat, uh, country music fan). Queer covers a lot of territory, whether it is gender presentation or sexual preference.
I don’t necessarily identify as queer, even though trans is under the queer umbrella in a similar way that crossdresser is under the trans umbrella.
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