AS EASY AS 1-2-3: THERE'S MORE TO QUEER THAN L, G, B and T

The 90s acronym for LGBT is as out of date as butterfly hair clips, Delia*s catalogs, and AOL screen names. News flash that probably shouldn't be news: there are a whole host of other letters worth adding to that four-letter train, and not just Q for Queer or A for ally.

It's PRIDE month here at ((305)), and in addition to hosting a KILLER lineup of rainbow-themed classes (sign up in NYC, DC and Boston), we're also brushin' up on all the queer lingo, the hotspots, and yes, the ABCs.

Don't just take our word for it, though -- these dancers at Equinox are literally spelling out the expanded LGBT alphabet with this breathtaking, mesmerizing video.

There are a whole host of other letters worth adding to that four-letter train, and not just Q for Queer or A for ally.

 

If that's not enough, here's our take on (at least some) of the alphabet soup. And of course, as with anything to do with identity, the person who is using the term and their definition of it trumps any dictionary.

 

A -- AGENDER, ASEXUAL, ALLY

Agender -- an adjective to describe someone who feels like they're outside the traditional gender system.

Asexual -- an adjective to describe someone who doesn't experience much sexual attraction to anyone else.

Ally -- a typically straight person who supports the queer community.

 

B -- BISEXUAL

Bisexual -- an adjective to describe someone who's attracted to both men and women.

 

C -- CISGENDER

Cisgender -- an adjective to describe someone whose gender identity and biological sex match.  

 

D -- DRAG

Drag -- an adjective to describe the act of dressing and performing the opposite sex.

 

G -- GAY, GENDER FLUID

Gay -- an adjective to describe someone who's attracted to members of the same sex.

Gender fluid -- an adjective to describe someone who feels a mix of male and female identity.

 

I -- INTERSEX 

Intersex -- An adjective to describe someone with a mix of chromosomes or sex organs that differs from the traditional male or female dichotomy.

 

P -- POLYAMOROUS

Polyamorous -- an adjective referring to people who prefer or desire multiple partners. 

 

Q -- QUEER

Queer -- an umbrella term for individuals who don't identify as straight.

 

S -- STEALTH, STRAIGHT

Stealth -- an adjective used to describe a trans person who can pass as cisgender.

Straight -- an adjective used to describe someone who is primarily attracted to people of the opposite gender.

 

T -- TRANS

Trans -- an umbrella term for a range of identities that are usually different from traditional gender norms.

 


🌈 ((305)) PRIDE, BABY! 🌈

Come on, circuit queens! We know you love to dance. We know you love to sweat. We know you love to be sexy. And we KNOW you love to throw shade and spill the well-brewed tea.  

June is PRIDE month at ((305)). We're celebrating LGBTQ brothers, sisters, and folks in between everywhere. Catch us every Friday after work in our illustrious locations:

In NYC: 3-0-KAIKAI (gay nite) Fridays at 5:30PM @ the Village Studio. Emceed by a live drag queen, this class features a 10-minute vogue tutorial, "party favors" you won't wanna miss, and a free drink ticket to Pieces in the West Village. Catch it here.  

In DC: ((305)) PRIDE (gay nite) Fridays at 5:30PM @ 1630 14th St NW. Sign up and bring an LGBTQ friend for free. DJs will mix songs from your favorite queens featuring RuPaul, Madonna and more. We're skipping the sprint section -- thank gawd -- and adding more toning and more dancing. Sign up here.

In Boston: ((305)) PRIDE (gay nite) Fridays at 6:30PM @ 699 Boylston. Sign up and bring an LGBTQ friend for free. DJs will mix songs from your favorite queens featuring RuPaul, Madonna and more. We're skipping the sprint section -- thank gawd -- and adding more toning and more dancing. Sign up here.