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Definitions Of LGBTQ, Flag, Symbols, And Everything You Should Know The Community

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Definitions Of LGBTQ, Flag, Symbols, And Everything You Should Know The Community

Millions of Ghanaians identify as LGBTQ, and like any group, they have their own language to talk about who they are and the challenges they face in a society that doesn’t fully accept or protect them.

If you want to be an ally, these terms might help – but be aware that many have been used derogatorily by straight, white, cisgender (defined below) people, and were reclaimed over time by the LGBTQ community.

This list is by no means exhaustive, and some of these terms – because they are so personal – likely mean different things to different people. If you’re puzzled by a term and feel like you can ask someone you love in the LGBTQ community to help you make sense of it, do it. But also be careful not to put the burden of your education on other people when there’s a whole wide world of resources out there.

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LGBTQ: The acronym for “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.” Some people also use the Q to stand for “questioning,” meaning people who are figuring out their sexual orientation or gender identity. You may also see LGBT+, LGBT*, LGBTx, or LGBTQIA. I stands for intersex and A for asexual/aromantic/agender.

Speaking of intersex: Born with sex characteristics such as genitals or chromosomes that do not fit the typical definitions of male or female.

Sex: The label you are assigned at birth based on your anatomical features, chromosomes and hormones.

Gender: The societal constructions we assign people based on their sex characteristics. When you hear someone say “gender stereotypes,” they’re referring to the ways we expect people to act and behave based on their sex.

Queer: Originally used as a pejorative slur, queer has now become an umbrella term to describe the myriad ways people reject binary categories of gender and sexual orientation to express who they are.

Sexual orientation

Sexual orientation: How a person characterizes their sexuality. “There are three distinct components of sexual orientation,” said Ryan Watson, a professor of Human Development & Family Studies at the University of Connecticut. “It’s comprised of identity (I’m gay), behavior (I have sex with the same gender) and attraction (I’m sexually attracted to the same gender), and all three might not line up for all people.” (Don’t say “sexual preference,” which implies it’s a choice and easily changed.)

Gay: A sexual orientation that describes a person who is emotionally or sexually attracted to people of their own age; commonly used to describe men.

Lesbian: A woman who is emotionally or sexually attracted to other women.

Bisexual: A person who is emotionally or sexually attracted to more than one gender.

Pansexual: A person who can be attracted to all different kinds of people, regardless of their gender identity.

Asexual: A person who doesn’t fit traditional standards and expectations around sexual desire. Many people in the LGBTQ community think of sexuality as a spectrum. Asexuality is just one end of spectrum with identities (gray areas) in between. Someone who is asexual may not be sexually active but still masturbate. Or they may be attracted to people but not desire sex.

People who identify as graysexual fall somewhere between asexual and sexual on the spectrum, and can include people who experience sexual attraction rarely.

Aromantic: A person who experiences little or no romantic attraction to others.

Gender identity and expression

Gender identity: How you feel and express your gender, which does not need to align with the sex you were assigned at birth.

Gender role: The social behaviors that culture assigns to each sex. Examples: Girls play with dolls, boys play with trucks; women are nurturing, men are stoic.

Gender expression: How we express our gender identity. It can refer to our hair, the clothes we wear, the way we speak.

Pronouns: A word used instead of a noun often to refer to a person without using their name. Pronouns can signal a person’s gender. Some of the most commonly used pronouns are she/her, he/him, and they/them.

Neopronouns: Words created to be used as pronouns but which are gender-neutral. You can read a list of neopronouns here.

Transgender: A person whose gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth.

Gender dysphoria: The psychological distress that occurs when a person’s gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth. 

Cisgender: A person whose gender identity aligns with the sex they were assigned at birth. 

Binary: The concept of dividing sex or gender into two clear categories. Sex is male or female, gender is masculine or feminine.

Nonbinary: Someone who doesn’t identify exclusively as female or male.

Two-spirit: Someone who is a Native member of the LGBTQ community. 

Genderqueer: People who reject static, conventional categories of gender and embrace fluid ideas of gender (and often sexual orientation). They are people whose gender identity can be both male and female, neither male nor female, or a combination of male and female.

Agender: Someone who doesn’t identify as any particular gender.

Gender-expansive: An umbrella term used to refer to people who don’t identify with traditional gender roles.

Gender fluid: Not identifying with a single, fixed gender. A person whose gender identity may change.

Gender non-conforming: People who don’t conform to traditional expectations of their gender.

Trans: The overarching umbrella term for various kinds of gender identifies in the trans community.

Drag kings & drag queensPeople, some who are straight and cisgender, who perform either masculinity or femininity as a form of art. 

Deadnaming: Saying the name that a transgender person was given at birth but no longer uses. 

Misgendering: Referring to someone in a way that does not correctly reflect their gender identity, typically by using incorrect pronouns.

Gender-affirming care: Care that helps you live your gender identity.

Gender transition: There isn’t one way for a person to transition. Gender transition can include a range of social (new name and pronouns) medical (hormone therapy, surgery), and legal (changing a driver’s license or birth certificate) steps to help affirm one’s gender identity. 

Gender confirmation surgery: A step some transgender people take to help them feel their body aligns with their gender identity. 

Bottom surgeryA colloquial way of referring to gender-affirming genital surgery.

Top surgery: A colloquial way of describing gender-affirming surgery on the chest.  

Binding: Flattening your breasts, sometimes to appear more masculine.

Androgynous: A person who has both masculine and feminine characteristics, which sometimes means you can’t easily distinguish that person’s gender. It can also refer to someone who appears female, but who adopts a style that is generally considered masculine.

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(Video) Meet The 60-Year-Old Man Who Has Been Living In A Basket For 40 Years

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(Video) Meet The 60-Year-Old Man Who Has Been Living In A Basket For 40 Years

Sometimes in life, we are mostly defined by what others see of us but the good thing is, we must define our lives for ourselves and not be defined by others.

Moreover, at times things are not clear right away that is why we must always be patient and see what life offers us.

Patience is being able to wait for the better days that never came. Waiting for the grace that never graced and for the rain that never fell. 

Today, GhanaCNN.com writes with a pen to inspire, a blog to talk to the doors of your problems, making it realize you have inspiring stories to read from.

Meet Dominico, an old man who has been living in a basket for more than forty (40) years now.

One may be wondering why and how? It all started one day when Dominico was infected by a disease that makes his body part falls off. 

Dominico was born normal and his parents gave birth to him normal but later his fingers fell off and it was followed by other body parts. 

This made him unable to walk and since he got blind along the way, his poor and old parents had no financial means of buying a wheelchair so the poor mother of Dominico weaved a basket for him and he has been living it is since. 

This may sound weird but that is the reality as gathered by GhanaCNN.com. The poor family cannot get Dominico a wheelchair. 

GhanaCNN.com writes with an inspiration that, he might meet an angel on earth and his woes will be wiped away. 

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This Is Strange! Snake Found Inside Bottled Water Pack – Photos

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This Is Strange! Snake Found Inside Bottled Water Pack – Photos

Wonders they say shall never end and this news gathered by GhanaCNN.com spells it all out as wonders is seen once again.

According to a report, a man was shocked to find a snake nestled inside a pack of bottled water he bought.

The snake managed to stay hidden and remained undetected, the man said as he shared photos online.

He said the snake was only noticed when it was taken to the point of sale.

Photos shared online show the snake in the pack of bottled water and also on the floor after it was removed from the pack.

See below:

Snake found nestled inside bottled water pack

Snake found nestled inside bottled water pack

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8 Basic Ways To Approach A Girl You Like

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8 Basic Ways To Approach A Girl You Like

Do you have a crush on someone but are too afraid to approach them? Then let me assist you in overcoming your fears and becoming a confident communicator. Approach your worries about not knowing what to say to your crush in the same way you would any other situation, and you’ll find that your fears are an easy way.

Practicing with other people to develop your comfort with discussions is a key step in overcoming shyness. There are numerous scenarios in which you can increase your social confidence by interacting with others in a pleasant and pressure-free setting. Ask for assistance in finding something or an opinion on a product from customer service representatives at retail stores. When you’re cashing out at the grocery store, say hello to the cashiers and inquire about their day. Be courteous, but succinct. The goal isn’t to strike up a long conversation, but to gain practice communicating with individuals you don’t know.

You can move to having encounters with people who aren’t necessarily the female you like after you’ve improved your social skills through brief talks with strangers. The stress will be reduced because you won’t have to worry about rejection if you start with other people.

Approach people at work or in church that aren’t the girl you like, so you can get practice making conversation with people. Comment on something to engage people in conversation. Try approaching someone at a party and saying, “do you know who plays this song? I really like it.” Approach someone at work or school to discuss a recent assignment and steer the conversation toward more personal matters. Try saying something like, “I was going to start working on that last night, but then I got caught up in a great show about dolphins.” Practising conversations in low-pressure environments can help you overcome the fear of rejection and become more comfortable talking to people.

Different environments can make the girl you like more or less apt to be willing to have a conversation with you. If you interrupt her while she’s doing something she feels is important or if it’s clear that she would rather not be bothered right now, she probably won’t react well to you introducing yourself. If the girl you like is in the middle of a conversation with other people, looks deeply focused on what she is doing, or has headphones in, she may not want to be bothered. You should consider approaching her at a later time. Places like bars, coffee shops, book stores or even the gym may be good places to strike up a conversation. Many people go to such places for the social element, and she may be expecting to talk to people while there.

If you and your crush exchange glances across the room, go up to her right away. You may make her feel uneasy if you stare at her for a long period before approaching. When you stare at someone from afar for a long time without approaching them, you may come across as creepy rather than pleasant. Allowing eye contact from across the room to be the catalyst that makes you want to strike up a conversation should appear impromptu rather than planned. Approaching her and saying hello, then introducing yourself in the manner you’ve practised, is an example.

Don’t just introduce yourself and then leave the conversation to fade out. If she seems intrigued, make a polite observation that invites her to continue the conversation. You might want to try being more direct in your communication. Begin by stating something like, “I noticed you from across the room and knew I’d be kicking myself all day if I didn’t introduce myself.” You may ask her for a favour, such as, “Hello, I’m new here and haven’t met anyone yet. Would you mind if I spoke with you for a few moments?” If you only have a passing acquaintance with each other, bring up a class you both took or a party you both attended.

No matter how much you practice, you may still get nervous about talking to your crush. If you are nervous, don’t hope she won’t notice because she likely will. Instead, get out in front of your nervousness by addressing it in conversation. Say something like, “I’m always so nervous when I meet new people!” If you want to compliment her, you could say, “I can’t help but be a bit nervous when I’m talking to such a pretty girl.”

The conversation will most likely go smoothly if she appears to be interested in you. Use the circumstance to your advantage by asking whether you can phone her or add her on social media. If you’re unsure about her degree of interest, it can be easier or more casual to ask if you can add her on social media instead of asking for her phone number. “Would you mind if I gave you a call sometime?” is a good example. If you like social media, bring it up casually by asking if she uses your useful applications. “Are you on Facebook?” is a good question to ask. If she replies yes, say, “would you like to?”

Being shy is an emotional obstacle that you can overcome with effort and practice. If you needed to lose weight, you would create a plan to follow a diet and exercise. To overcome shyness, you can also create a plan. Come up with a plan to help yourself overcome your fear of talking to a girl you like. Use the plan to create short term goals that culminate in being comfortable approaching her.

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