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Educate yourself further about the LGBTQ+ community by taking a moment of your time to read the information below! Written by members of our establishment that have experience and in-depth knowledge about the definitions and the communities.
What is LGBTQ+?
The term LGBTQ+ refers to a collection of identities which span the categories of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. The full list of letters that apply to LGBTQ+ is often growing, changing, and under discussion, so we opt to use LGBTQ+ as a way to promote inclusion while keeping the terminology light. The following is a large, but not exhaustive, list of groups that fall under LGBTQ+:
Implicit and explicit LGBTQphobia
Discrimination towards a group identity can be both explicit and implicit. Explicit LGBTQphobia refers to outright discriminatory statements against one of those group identities, such as harassing a person through the use of a slur, or denying a person a promotion based on their LGBTQ+ identity. Implicit LGBTQphobia refers to more subtle or systemic discrimination caused by internalized feelings about LGBTQ+ people; for example, men who perform jobs or sports most commonly performed by women are often subconsciously assumed to be gay, and this applies vice versa to women in typically-male fields being automatically coded to be ‘lesbian’. These internalized assumptions do not have to be expressed explicitly to be LGBTQphobic, so they are considered implicit.
Terminology & acceptable language
LGBTQ+ is one way that the acronym is expressed, but it has also been known as LGBTQIA or LGBTQQIP2SAA, and encompasses far more identities and sexualities than people may typically associate with. Sexuality, gender, and identity are interrelated, but they’re actually three separate parts of a person’s selfhood and how they refer to themselves. Just as one’s sexual orientation can shift and evolve, the language used to name aspects of gender and sexuality changes over time. Moreover, there is not an inherent requirement for someone to label themselves; while some may feel it helps define them, others feel too restricted with it. There is no one way of being LGBTQ+, as the community is built upon the celebration of diversity and inclusivity.
One way to respect someone’s identity is to know and use their correct pronouns, according to them. Pronouns are very diverse and there are many options, but the most commonly-utilized ones as he/him, she/her, and they/them; however, several types of neopronouns (newer pronouns) like ze/hir or ey/em are used by some. When someone refers to another person using the wrong pronouns, especially on purpose, that disrespects that persons identity and can lead to feelings of dysphoria, exclusion and alienation. The same goes for ‘deadnaming’ – the use of a name assigned to an individual at birth, that they do not identify with anymore, without their consent. Using someone’s correct pronouns or name can be extremely validating and affirming for transgender/non-binary individual, but is important for anyone of any identity. Asking for and respecting people’s pronouns and identity should always be encouraged at the Habbo White House.
White House laws
A number of White House laws help to protect LGBTQ+ people against discrimination, whether it is systemic or on a personal level. These laws operate at multiple different levels including the Constitution, statute laws, and Judicial precedence set by the courts. The Constitution protects a number of individual rights, including a person’s right to equality. While this right has not yet been ruled to apply to personal interactions, it would easily apply to situations in which a person is being systemically discriminated against based on their LGBTQ+ status, such as being denied a promotion or being blacklisted from a branch because of it.
Statute law also protects against LGBTQphobia, mainly through the Crimes Act and Code of Conduct Act. The Crimes Act outlaws bullying & harassment, which they define as ‘negative targeting’ of a person or group, and which have been utilized in Court precedence to convict a person for making discriminatory remarks against a person based on identity traits such as their race, even if that person claims to be using their ‘free speech’. The Code of Conduct Act outlaws employees breaching the ‘Habbo way’, a guiding document which states that bullying on Habbo is unacceptable and against the ‘Habbo way’.
Resources for information & help
OK2BME is a Canadian LGBTQ+ organization that provides further resources for international advocacy & information. You can access their international resources here, their resources for adults here, and resources for children and teenagers here.
The Trevor Project is an international LGBTQ+ organization that provides crisis intervention services via phone and online chat, which can be accessed here. They also have an assortment of resources on topics like allyship, identity anxiety, the intersection between race & LGBTQ+ identity, and suicide prevention, which can be found here.
Stonewall is a British LGBTQ+ organization which supports inclusive workplaces and education institutions and directs advocates to local UK LGBTQ+ associations and events. They can be found at their website.
IGLYO (the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Intersex Youth Organization) is an international youth network of LGBTQ+ organizations in over 40 countries, mainly in Europe. They train activists to educate on LGBTQ+ rights, and maintain a number of multilingual resources guides on their website.