To celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month, we’ve crafted our own version of the LGBTQ+ alphabet, where each letter below represents a word that shines a light on the important symbols, phrases, historical moments and places that encourage understanding and inclusivity of this bright community.
Letters & Definitions:
A - Ally: A person who is not LGBTQ+ but shows support for LGBTQ+ people and promotes equality in a variety of ways.Source
B - Boystown: Famous gay neighborhoods in both LA’s West Hollywood and Chicago’s Lakeview Source
C - Christopher Street Liberation Day (1970): Considered the first gay pride parade.
D - Drag: The act of performing a gender or presenting as a different gender, usually for the purpose of entertainment (i.e. drag kings and queens). Source
E - Eleganza Extravaganza: Pure elegance, from the runway category on RuPaul’s Drag Race
F - Femme: A queer person of any gender or orientation who presents and acts in a traditionally feminine manner Source
G - Gilbert Baker: Artist, activist, and creator of the rainbow Pride flag. Source
H - Harvey Milk: The first openly gay man to be elected to a political office in California
I - Inclusive Language: The use of words that are gender-nonspecific, including pronouns like “they or ze” and nouns like “partner.”
J - Just Like Us: Is a LGBTQ+ charity for young people Source
K - Kinsey Scale: A scale from 0 to 6 used to describe the spectrum of sexuality. While revolutionary in 1948, many now believe that it perpetuates negative bi+sexual stereotypes Source
L - Los Angeles Advocate: the oldest continuing LGBTQ+ publication (now called The Advocate), founded in 1967
M - Marriage: Same-sex marriage was legalized in the U.S. in 2015.
N - Non-binary: A wide spectrum of gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine
O - Obergefell v. Hodges: The landmark 2015 Supreme Court case that guaranteed the right to marry to same-sex couples nationwide
P - Pride: Pride is a celebration of the self-affirmation, dignity, equality and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning people as a social group
Q - Questioning: A term used to describe people who are in the process of exploring their sexual orientation or gender identity. Source
R - Rainbow Flag: The rainbow flag is a symbol of LGBT pride and social movements. It was designed by artist Gilbert Baker in 1978. Source
S - Stonewall Riots: The 1969 riots originated at the NYC gay club and served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world. Source
T - Tim Cook: The CEO of Apple, the world’s first trillion-dollar company, was the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Source
U - Unite: Pride Month unites us, ensuring that our community feels represented, understood and heard.
V - Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution: How a Despised Minority Pushed Back, Beat Death, Found Love, and Changed America for Everyone - The novel by Linda Hirshman traces the history of gay rights from the early 20th century to the present.
W -Wisconsin’s: Tammy Baldwin became the first openly gay U.S. senator in history. Source
X - “X” Gender Marker: In 2017, D.C. residents became the first U.S. citizens to be able to choose X as their gender marker instead of male or female on their driver's licenses
Y - Year 2015: The year the U.S. Supreme Court struck down all state bans on same-sex marriage and legalized it in all fifty states. Source
Z - Ze/Zir: Gender neutral pronouns that can be used as an alternative to “he/she” and “his/hers.” (See also: ze/hir, xe/zem) Source