pansexual

used to describe a person who is attraction to others is not limited by sex or gender categories. The use of the identity category pansexual originated in the 1990’s.

“This word ‘pansexual’ was originally coined by Sigmund Freud within his theories on psychoanalysis in the early-to-mid 1900s, but was instead defined as how sexual energy and desire is the basis for all human interaction in life. However the modern usage of ‘pansexual’ has very little to do with Freud’s definition or his psycho-sexuality theories,” (Jakubowski).

Gender Dysphoria

a term to replace the outdated diagnosis of Gender Identity Disorder, along with the stigma GID imposes on transgender people as disordered. Gender Dysphoria does away with the implication that transgender people are mentally ill.

“Based on the standards to be set by the DSM-V, individuals will be diagnosed with Gender Dysphoria for displaying ‘a marked incongruence between one’s experienced/expressed gender and assigned gender,'” (Beredjick).

“The newest edition of the psychiatric diagnostic manual will do away with labeling transgender people as ‘disordered’,” (Beredjick).

Stonewall riots

riots at the Stonewall inn between the police and the queer patrons of the bar.

The Stonewall Inn was a bar in the late 1960’s that catered to a variety of marginalized queer people: transgender people, drag queens,  gay men, butch lesbians, prostitutes. “In the early hours of Saturday, June 28, 1969, police conducted a routine raid on the Stonewall Inn at 53 Christopher Street in the heart of Greenwich Village,” (Bronski 209). Although, raids of queer spaces were routine in the 1960’s, the police lost control during the Stonewall raid and the crowds of people refusing to leave the area turned into violent resistance. Riots lasted two days and were a response to the anti-gay legal system, and police oppression.

The Mattachine Society did not agree with the riots and felt that they were disruptive to the political progress that they had so far achieved.

 

Gay Liberation Front

 

gay rights activist group founded in New York City after the Stonewall riots of 1969.

Believing that oppression was intersectional, the GLA showed solidarity with the Black Panther Party among other movements. Some GLA members felt they should focus solely on gay rights and activism, hence the Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) was formed later that year. The GAA become more popular than the GLF, which was dismantled in 1972.

“Within a year, GLF had organized Sunday night meetings, nineteen ‘cells’ or action groups, an all-men’s meeting, a women’s caucus, three communal living groups, and a series of successful community dancces, in addition to publishing the newspaper Come Out!” (Bronksi, 210)

 

transsexual

a person who has the desire to go through the process of transitioning to another gender via hormones and/or genital surgery.

The term was made popular in the 1950’s by Dr. Harry Benjamin. The word transsexual “refers to people who feel a strong desire to change their sexual morphology,” (Stryker, 18).