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Which term is better: ‘LGBT+’ or ‘MOGAI’?

By- Jordan Yates

MOGAI sounds like the name of an all-powerful wizard. “I am Mogai, defender of the lost arts, ruler of great nations, protector of the realm, the unburnt, breaker of chains, father of dragons! All shall fear me!”

Jeez. Sounds like the kind of guy I’d wish to be killed off really, really early on in the show because he’s so dreadfully annoying. But that’s just me.

MOGAI also has the problem of being totally inaccessible.

“Marginalized orientations, gender alignments, and intersex”. Try saying that to someone who still doesn’t know what being trans means and you’ll see how that term alienates non-queer people.

I’m not saying we should have to identify in specific ways to make others feel comfortable. I’m saying there’s no reason to pick a term that’s intentionally confusing for no good reason, especially if it’s a term often used by people outside of the community.

Want to use it among your friends who all know what it means? Go for it. But as a public title, it’s not too useful. Most people aren’t going to get what it means.

GSD (or GRSD), meaning “gender and sexual diversities”, is another proposed alternative, and I don’t know how much better that is. First off, it sounds like a medical diagnosis.

“Yeah, I found out I have GSD. I only have 85 more years to live. They said I’ll probably get wrinkly. It’s terrible, just terrible.”

Maybe it’s because my ears have gotten used to the ring of “LGBTQ+”, but GSD is not a pleasing acronym.

It’s also relatively useless, because under the umbrella of “gender and sexual diversities” is every single gender and sexual diversity.

Straight and cis included.

I prefer “GSM”, for gender and sexual minorities, but “GSM’ makes me think of “DSM” and suddenly I feel like we’re writing a diagnostics manual for people with GSD.

If I had to pick between “MOGAI”, “GSD” and “GSM”, though, I’d go with “GSM”. At least it’s specific, moreso than “diversities”.

But if I had to pick between “MOGAI” and “LGBT” (or any variant thereof), then I’d go with the classic acronym.

People know what it means, and I think it’s somehow more concise than MOGAI can ever be.

Or plain ol’ “queer”. I understand that that word is emotionally charged for some people, but to me, it’s a great catch-all for people who aren’t straight or cis. It’s short, simple, and to the point.