Acro­nym soup

Bangkok Post - - OPINION -

Re: “Groups draft well­be­ing plan LGBTIQN+”, (BP, Sept 24).

The ar­ti­cle says that “LGBTIQN+, ac­cord­ing to ThaiHealth, stands for Les­bian, Gay, Bi­sex­ual, Trans­gen­der, In­ter­sex, Queer, and Non-Bi­nary — gen­der iden­ti­ties that are iden­ti­fied out­side the gen­der bi­nary of mas­cu­line and fem­i­nine”. This is ut­terly false and out­ra­geous. L, G and B are sex­ual ori­en­ta­tions, not gen­der iden­ti­ties, and the vast ma­jor­ity of les­bian, gay and bi­sex­ual peo­ple are per­fectly com­fort­able with their gen­der be­ing the same as their bi­o­log­i­cal sex (fem­i­nine for les­bians, mas­cu­line for gays, etc).

Telling them they are not of the gen­der they have iden­ti­fied with all their life is what they call mis-gen­der­ing. It is un­fair treat­ment and dis­crim­i­na­tion, and can only be detri­men­tal to their phys­i­cal, men­tal and in­tel­lec­tual health. Chil­dren that have dif­fer­ent sex­ual ori­en­ta­tions are most vul­ner­a­ble to this and should be pro­tected.

Les­bian, gay and bi­sex­ual groups (which are not gen­der groups any­way) should de­nounce this, boy­cott and block this plan, and, wher­ever pos­si­ble, file com­plaints against ThaiHealth and groups and aca­demics with these dis­crim­i­na­tory views un­der avail­able laws and statutes that ban gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion and pro­tect public health.


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