Working in the not for profit/community space you get very used to acronyms very quickly. Whilst identifiers for specific communities can be useful for collecting data and watching trends within sections of the population, it can also be very confusing to keep up with and often counter productive when it comes to representation of diverse communities.
That’s why I loved this statement so much from StartOut Australia:
DSG is Diverse Sexuality and Gender. It’s still an acronym, but we think it’s way more inclusive than LGBTIQabcdefg
I’m extremely passionate about the impact of language on our lives – particularly for young people who are “DSG”. I think there’s a fine balance between language that embraces diversity and allowing people to embrace labels should they choose to do so. My belief is that we need a stronger focus on the values underpinning diversity and diversity being more than just creating more labels, but a culture and a philosophy.
Good job StartOut Australia – I look forward to seeing your work develop.