G is for gay, gender, genderqueer, gender fluid, Gloria Anzaldúa, Andrea Gibson, Girl In A Coma

gay – “A person who is attracted primarily to members of the same sex. Although it can be used for any sex (e.g. gay man, gay woman, gay person), ‘lesbian’ is sometimes the preferred term for women who are attracted to women.” –umich.edu

gender -”A socially constructed system of classification that ascribes qualities of masculinity and femininity to people. Gender characteristics can change over time and are different between cultures.” –geneq.berkeley.edu

genderqueer – “A term which refers to individuals or groups who ‘queer’ or problematize the hegemonic notions of sex, gender and desire in a given society. Genderqueer people possess identities which fall outside of the widely accepted sexual binary (i.e. ‘men’ and ‘women’). Genderqueer may also refer to people who identify as both transgendered AND queer, i.e. individuals who challenge both gender and sexuality regimes and see gender identity and sexual orientation as overlapping and interconnected.” –umich.edu

genderfluid – “A person whose gender identification and presentation shifts, whether within or outside of societal, gender-based expectations.” –geneq.berkeley.edu

Gloria Anzaldúa (1942-2004)- a lesbian Chicana feminist writer, cultural theorist, and feminist philosopher. She is best known for This Bridge Called My Back: La Prieta andBorderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza.

Andrea Gibson – a poet and activist. Their poetry focuses on gender norms, politics, social reform and the struggles LGBTQ people face in today’s society. Watch/listen to her poem “A Letter To White Queers, A Letter To Myself” here.

Girl In A Coma – an all-girl rock band “two-thirds gay, all latina” –npr.org.
Watch their music video for  “Walkin After Midnight” here.