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Operation: Iris is back today! ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒธ
We talked about a lot in the last Operation: Iris post. So much so that I had to question what the next post should be about. I could talk in depth about terms like:
๐—ง๐˜„๐—ผ-๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜ -Holds the spirit of both male and female. Derived from Native Americans. 
๐—ฆ๐—ธ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜…๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น -attraction to non binary/trans folk.
And ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜…๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น -attraction to intelligence.
But my knowledge and personal experience with individuals who identify with those are very limited and I would prefer speaking with them before talking in depth about those identities. (Shoot me a DM if you do and would like to chat!)
So instead, I wanted to talk about the importance of all of these confusing terms. ๐ŸŒˆ
A concern about this initiative from others has been about how โ€œsillyโ€ some of the these terms seem and that the more visibility towards these lesser known terms, the more Non-LGBTQ+ folk will make fun of the community.
Whether you choose to wear your โ€œLetterโ€ like a badge or keep it to yourself or family/friends is entirely up to you. The purpose of this initiative is to provide awareness to those who may โ€œfeel differentโ€ than everyone else and think there may be something wrong with them. By having a word to describe your feelings towards your sexual/gender identity and knowing there are others like you, it gives a sense of validity and can lead to resources in helping a person deal with what they might be going though. Being able to identify yourself is the first step in growing and becoming the best person you can be.
And to address the individuals who fear these terms will cause people to hurt others and make a mockery of the LGBTQ+ community: the more effort that is made in bringing these lesser terms to light, the more knowledge and eventual acceptance will be made from these folks. Things arenโ€™t going to change unless we do something about it. ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒธ


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