Recently, I decided to stop using the term LGBTQ+ when talking about my research, and begin using the phrase “sexual and gender minority” (SGM). Especially with my identifying as a non-binary bisexual person, this was a thoughtful consideration, and one that I’m not certain I’ll continue to utilize throughout my research, but which is serving my needs right now.
While I usually prefer using LGBTQ+, or LGBTQIA+, I found this usage to have a couple of issues in research. The one that had the largest impact on my decision most was being able to better communicate with and describe a broader audience.
I’m still developing my thoughts on this terminology, but I wanted to make a brief note on it today (2020-02-24). Hopefully I’ll be able to articulate this decision a bit better in the near future.