With the recent Sydney WorldPride event sashaying through the streets of the city, we carried out a survey of the Hunter and Bligh audience to see what they thought about the event, pride parades, and issues regarding the LGBTQIA+ community.
In our poll of over 300 Australians, we found that Australians are quite familiar with the LGBTQIA+ acronym. Over a third said they know the meaning of every letter. Only three per cent said they did not know the meaning of any letter and, 44 per cent are familiar but not sure of every letter. A further 17 per cent said they were broadly familiar with the acronym.
LGBTQIA+ has become one of the most popular terms to describe the many different sexualities and gender identities across the spectrum.
What does LGBTQIA+ mean?
For those not as familiar, the acronym refers to:
- Lesbian – someone who identifies as a woman and is attracted to other women.
- Gay – someone who identifies as a man and is attracted to other men.
- Bisexual – someone who is attracted to both men and women.
- Transgender – someone who’s gender is different to the one they were assigned at birth.
- Queer – an umbrella term to describe anyone who is not cisgendered or heterosexual.
- Intersex – someone who’s body does not fit into the narrow categories of male or female.
- Asexual – someone who has little or no sexual attraction to other people, though may still have romantic feelings.
- + – the plus refers to the many other identities that are not included in LGBTQIA, including demisexual and pansexual.
When asked about pride parades, 39 per cent of respondents said they had attended at least one pride parade in their city; this increases to 44 per cent amongst Australians aged 18-50.
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