Understanding the Terms Part II

Understanding the Terms Part II

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INTERSEX:
The term “intersex” is relatively new in medical science. Centuries ago medical science used the word hermaphrodite. Now it correctly called intersex. One dictionary states that “Intersex” is a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn't seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male. Medline Plus online states “Intersex is a group of conditions where there is a discrepancy between the external genitals and the internal genitals (the testes and ovaries).” Further definition is intersex is an infant born with tissues from both sex organs. The older term for this condition is hermaphroditism. This is of Greek origin. The Greeks taught that the persons with both sex had mysterious powers.
 
BISEXUAL:
“Bisexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction, or sexual behavior toward both males and females, or romantic or sexual attraction to people of any sex or gender identity; this latter aspect is sometimes alternatively termed pansexuality.” Wikipedia
 
SEXUAL ORIENTATION:
According to Wikipedia, many know the meaning of the acronym LGBTQ. However, many do not know what “Q” stands for.
L—Lesbian (female homosexual)
G—Gay (male homosexual)
B---Bisexual                 
T---Transgender
Q--Queer or Questioning
Sexual orientation describes a person's enduring physical, romantic,
and/or emotional attraction to another person (for example: straight,
gay, lesbian, bisexual), while gender identity describes a person's,
internal, personal sense of being a man or a woman (or someone outside
of that gender binary).

LGBTQ:
“The “Q” can stand for Questioning and/or Queer: Questioning refers to individuals who are unsure of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Queer is an umbrella term encompassing a variety of sexual orientations and gender identities excluding heterosexuality.” Heartland Alliance International
 
MY LAST WORDS:
We do have all of these kinds of individuals in our country. I could remember as a teen my father sharing with us about intersex person -that’s over fifty years ago. Homosexuality is not in the closet anymore in our country. However, individual homosexuals might be, but transgenders and transsexuals are still in the closet. Could it be because they fear that they will not be treated fairly? Today we do have a more open society. Technology and free speech are opening the floodgates of information. This is good. More people are feeling free to express themselves or their views openly. We must learn to live harmoniously with all of these individuals and views. This is a part of a pluralistic, free, democratic society. The healing of our society is not by the removal of these individual but instead embracing the difference among us. We do not have to “accept” or “agree” with the behaviors, but we can be civil and respect the rights of individuals. All human beings in The Bahamas have the right to be treated with respect, fairly, access to services, protection, free from harm and harassment. Christians have a mandate to love unconditionally. If there is anybody who should show unconditional acceptance and unconditional love, it should be the Christian. All people are deserving of this even if we disagree with their lifestyle or behavior.