Gender identity has been on trend for the last couple of years. There have been heated debates about how one identifies one’s self, and it is a pretty complex phenomenon if we delve deeper into the matter. So, let’s simplify the whole ‘Gender Identity’ issue, shall we? Till the 1960s, there were three genders: Male, female, and transgender. For the most part, it was pretty to understand. To simplify it even more, three pronouns were used: He, she, and others.
The last one - ‘others’ - seemed to be problematic for the ones who did not identify themselves as ‘others.’ In turn, numberless pronouns were introduced. Some trans people ‘wanted’ others to call them “them” and “their” and so on. Where is the problem, you may ask? Well, the problem is that people are not ready to call a transgender - man-alike or woman-alike - “them” or “theirs.”
Thus, these trans people - who identify themselves as “others'' - feel that they are marginalized. This means they assume that they do not get their basic right. Be it the right to healthcare or education, the LGBTQI+ community considers themselves underprivileged. In response to that, LGBTQI+ rights activists have used different ways to attain LGBTQI+ rights.
However, the acronyms that are used to represent this indigenous community are ever-changing. Initially, there were only two letters denoting lesbians and gays. But later on, three other letters (including the + sign) were added to the acronyms to denote queers and others.
However, a recent update from the indigenous LGBTQI+ community is something expected. Here is what has been added up to the ever-changing acronyms.
A New Letter ‘E’ For Eunuchs is Included in the lGBTQI+ Acronyms
On September 28, 2022, a joint conference was held by the World Professional Association For Transgender Health (AKA WPATH.) At the conference, the association announced a new addition to the acronyms. The letter ‘E’, which denotes ‘Eunuchs,’ refers to yet another indigenous gender. According to WPATH, thousands of people across the world dentify themselves as Eunuchs, a highly marginalized community.
Furthermore, the conference emphasized that the inclusion of the letter ‘E’ is an attempt to develop a peaceful world for all genders. They argued that all of us should acknowledge how one identifies one’s gender. What was highly emphasized at the conference was the fact that everyone should have open access to freedom of speech. Just because one identifies as ‘different’ does not mean that one should be marginalized.
In simple words, WPATH is trying to make it clear that there should be no problem with how one identifies oneself. And, of course, all of us should accept how one identifies one’s self as a gender. In an ideal case scenario, we should step forward and play our part in making the world a better place for the indigenous community. Appreciating their struggles is the least we can do for the LGBTQI+ community. And, of course, for the newly added Eunuchs.