I hate that I have to ask this since I consider myself a part of the LGBT-Q community, but what does the asterisk mean at the end of words such as Trans and Queer? I.e., Trans* and Queer*?
There is no reason to hate yourself. Questions are important. Always. Plus we both know that you aren’t given an instruction manual on life, let alone LGBTQ* life.
Many people (myself included) use the asterisk (*) as a way of including everyone and all titles not represented by LGBTQ/transgender. Language is limiting and always changing, the asterisk allows many a way to show inclusion and solidarity.
(You are welcome to come off of Anon if you’d like to talk one-on-one.)
Check it out! The show “American Transgender” will air on May 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM EST on Nat Geo TV.
Here is a quick description from the National Center for Transgender Equality Blog: American Transgender takes us firsthand into the daily lives of three individuals—Clair, Jim, and Eli—who each identify with a different gender from the one in which they were born and raised. We witness their struggles and triumphs, and experience their hopes and fears. How do they manage at work, build careers, maintain friendships, and nurture lasting, intimate partnerships? Each of the characters in the film tells their story in their own words as we follow them through life’s daily battles and victories, both large and small.