Why We Use GRSVP Instead of LGBT+

Our communities fully came together as a movement 50 years ago. Yet a lot of those who participated in the Stonewall Riots still aren’t represented in the current acronyms: LGBT+ or LGBTQIA.

Even today, there are large portions of our community that had so little attention brought to them that even people in the community think they’re impossible and that they don’t exist.

But this is, hopefully, where all of that changes.

When talking about people that aren’t Straight, I don’t want everyone to think Gay. I want them to think of Sexual Variants – Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Pansexual, Omnisexual, Greysexual, and Asexual, etc.

When people are talking about those who aren’t or don’t present as Cisgender, I don’t want them to just think of Trans/Transgender. I want them to think of Gender Variants – Trans, Non-Binary, Genderfluid, Genderqueer, Demigenders, Genderflux, and Gender Non-Conforming, etc.

When people are talking about orientations, I don’t want them to instantly think that everyone has sexual attraction but if they don’t then they’re not attracted to anyone. I want them to think of the Romantic Variants that the Ace community have – Hetroromantic, Homoromantic, Biromantic, Panromantic, Omniromantic, Greyromantic, and Aromantic, etc.

I want all three spectrums, that often cross over each other, to have the same amount of exposure than the rest.

When saying I’m LGBT+ people have asked what the letters mean and none of them really represent me – and I know they don’t represent a large portion of our community.

So I’ll be saying GRSVP from now on – Gender, Romantic, Sexual Variant People. People of all different Variations, all shown in the same light. We can’t list all of us in an acronym like we were doing.

So why not just say our Variants and let people ask what YOU are, not just what the letters mean.

We’ll be using GRSVP from now on. If you’d like to use it, feel free – we won’t stop you ❤

~Teddy