Do You Know Your ABCDs of LGBT?

Do You Know Your ABCDs of LGBT?

Let’s talk about gay rights, or as Indian uncles call it – Phir se chaalu
ho gaya inka Historically, the LGBTQ community has been
abused and marginalised. That’s strange, because until colonisation, being queer was celebrated, with imagery plastered over temple walls in
India, even today. While the Section 377 verdict brought the
queer community into the national limelight, a lot is yet to be understood about their
lives. So let’s learn the ABCDs of the LGBTQ+ community! What is LGBT? So, how does one address the queer community? The most common term is LGBT. Not ELIGIBILITY and definitely not LG TV, but LGBT. It stands for: Lesbian – women who love women Gay – men who love men Bisexual – Men/women who love both men and
women, and Transgender – men/women who identify with
a gender that’s opposite to the one assigned to them at birth. With time, this shorthand grew to include
more diverse sexualities such as: Queer an umbrella term for anyone who’s not cisgender
or heterosexual. Originally a hateful slur, the term has now been reclaimed by the community. Gaali de rahe ho ya recognition, kisi ko pata nahi chalega by God! Intersex – This refers to people whose reproductive
or sexual anatomy differs from what is traditionally defined
as male or female. They might have XX chromosomes or XY chromosomes, ambiguous genitalia or not, and may know at birth that they’re intersex,
or find out later. Asexual – When you aren’t sexually attracted
to people, you’re asexual. Asexual people can be in romantic relationships
and experience attraction – but it may not be realised through sex. With these powers combined, we get the LGBTQIA+ community. Gender The internet’s least favourite discussion, gender has evolved to include a wide spectrum
of identities. A Cisgendered person is someone whose gender
identity matches the sex they were assigned at birth. If your life starts with “Mubarak ho, ladki hui hai!” and eventually ends with “She was a great woman!”, then you’re cisgendered. Gender Binaries This is the belief that there are only two
genders, male or female. Anything beyond these is considered out of syllabus. Being tied down to these binaries can create
Gender dysphoria, a conflict between a person’s physical gender and the gender with which they identify. All of this should ideally be covered in school. But time kaha hai academics ke paas!? Trans This is the T in LGBT that is the most marginalised
of the lot, courtesy misinformation and misrepresentation. Trans people can change various aspects of
themselves to align with the gender they know themselves to be. This is called transitioning, and it could be social, legal, or medical
– like changing their appearance, name, pronouns,
or their physical body. The medical step taken towards this is known
as sex reassignment surgery. The surgery is painful, and the phobia around it, even more so. Yet, several members of the community choose
to undergo it, rather than live in a body they do not belong
in. That’s how powerful gender dysphoria can
be, and why acceptance of trans people is so important. How can I be more sensitive to the Queer community? You can start by avoiding – a. Asking someone, “Are you a Gay?”, and b. Misgendering them. Ask them what their preferred pronouns are: example – he/him,she/her or they/them. For trans and gender non-conforming individuals, being identified by a pronoun they don’t
associate with can be triggering. So be nice, and remember, a little sensitivity can go a long way. Imagine growing up queer, with just one narrative: girl meets boy, girl can only love boy, boy can only love girl, the end. This teaches young queer kids that they can’t be who they are, can’t fall in love, and can’t be “normal” in the eyes of society. But, it’s 2019, things are changing, and queer narratives are out, proud and never going back. The LGBTQ subculture is vast and one video isn’t enough to cover it all. We’ll be back soon to break down more LGBT
jargon, but until then, remember – love is love. Tell us your thoughts on LGBTQ+ rights in
the comments below and don’t forget to like, share and subscribe to Vitamin Stree!


  • Vitamin Stree says:

    The LGBTQ+ subculture is vast and we couldn’t cover it all in this video, but we'll be back with more. Meanwhile, is there something we missed and you’d like to tell us about? Drop your thoughts in the comments below!

    And don’t forget to subscribe to us here-

  • sahin says:

    Yes we need a more detailed video.

  • tanya 1391 says:

    Another amazing content
    love your videos😁😍

  • Sagufta Patel says:

    This really should be a topic of discussion…… As people out there misjudge them!

  • jyoti ogennavar says:

    Always looking forward for vitamin stree, such amazing content😘😘

  • Smriti Pathak says:

    A great work @vitaminstree…. taking up a topic which is very important and sensitive at the same time…and making such a wonderful content …loved it ….and the best thing was that you guys mentioned that it should be taught in the school …. β€οΈπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ
    #lgbt #pridemovement

  • vidhyeshaa dananjayan says:

    Much needed video. Hat's off.

  • Avni Chaudhary says:

    I love you guys, finally a Desi channel (that I've subscribed to since forever) supporting the mai community πŸ˜’πŸ˜’πŸ˜’πŸ˜’πŸ˜’πŸ˜’πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•.

  • Richa Singhania says:

    Yay to such videos

  • Vibhuti Verma says:

    This was a much needed video. One that actually explains what LGBT+ is rather than just showing people's reaction to it. Thank you so much Vitamin Stree, for bringing such wonderful video to us.

  • Viqueen Jeniefer says:

    πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€— What you do is awesome..!!

  • srishti agrawal says:

    Love is love β€πŸ§‘πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ–€

  • muskan gunele says:

    Love this video soo good in making such content so easy to understand

  • Suvajit Aich says:

    "phir se chalu ho gaya inka" 🀣🀣… Great and informative video… Covered so many things in only 4:36 minutes.

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  • ya vi says:

    out and proud!! bisexual 17 year old here! thank you for making this video guys means more than u can imagine

  • Mayuri Sabale says:

    Wow that was informative….video…loved it. ..

  • Game G says:

    Y is this channel so under-rated😲 this channel deserves far more likes,views and subscribers… keep making such awesome videos guys🀩😍

  • Aastha H says:

    What a great video! Acceptance of LGBTQ+ community is so important. We don't realize how much our mere acceptance can make them confident.

  • Sneh Mehra says:

    Most needed video and more vidoe about how can one have comfortable conversation and sensitive dialog

  • Nandini Gupta says:

    Please come up with more videos on this topic

  • Arunima Chatterjee says:

    #loveislove great video guys. Loved it ❀❀❀

  • A Useless Hufflepuff says:

    Just like learning about Hitler in school doesn't make you a dictator, learning about the lgbt+ community doesn't make you a part of it. So to all those homophobes who think schools should not teach children about the lgbt+ community, you are not allowed to experience the magic of rainbow and glitter henceforth.

  • BhanuSri Yanamadala says:

    Please make a video on Difference between WOMEN EMPOWERMENT AND FEMINISM

  • Ramya Chandrasekaran says:

    Awesome as always… and love ellen…

  • Neha Mathur says:

    Just found this channel!! So amazing you guys!! Shared Shared and SHARED.

  • Jushmita Sarma says:

    This is amazing. Thank you for this guys..

  • Sakambari Dash says:

    As a cisgendered demisexual in a questioning phase I feel so helpless when my closest friends ask questions like "how " n "kya ho gaya" n "why" and go on a Google spree only to end with up stupid statements like "if u r demisexual how can u like a girl? " , It's annoyingly disappointing. I have even heard things like "being in a same sex relationship is calling for problems" n this from people who participate in pride parades. I truly hope they realise that we don't need their validation or support or even acceptance. We just want to be.
    Thank you Vitamin Stree for this video. This truly means a lot.

  • Ritika Samajder says:

    How dare that one person hit the dislike button. HOW DARE SHE OR HE???

  • Pourangana Dey says:

    Thanks for the video. Had a lot of confusion about trans and intersex. You cleared the confusion beautifully. Lot of love to you ❀️❀️

  • rooh varz says:

    Thank you for adding LGBTQIA, most of the time I see people skipping on Ace people and that's sad.

  • Shota Boy says:

    There’s only two genders πŸ—Ώ

  • Rnvs Aparna says:

    Such a great video U guys r soo underrated but who have amazing Content πŸ³β€πŸŒˆπŸ³β€πŸŒˆ

  • bhagyashri shinde says:

    Love this❀️…Most of all love the way you present the content…
    Please can we have this video in hindi as well? Need to share it with my folks

  • Harmanpreet Brar says:

    I love this video. I would love for you to discuss more about non-binary people. Thank you.

  • Neha Karra says:

    We say that being an LGBT is antonymic to our culture and we look down upon " QUEER " individuals . But our very own culture says that Lord Ayyappa is the son of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu ( Both male) . So people even gods approve for it

  • Manisha Gharse says:

    Great video.. love Ur work

  • Anannya Phukan says:

    Such a great work..

  • Prachi Gupta says:

    A MUCH needed video for India especially, glad to know you're adding more to it.

    Recently I was commuting with my friends to work, one of them being a mom to teenage kids,
    and she was unaccepting of the idea of parents talking lgbt openly with their children after a certain age, which will help in the sensitivity aspect.

    Her main concern was what if normal children; after knowing everything start to get ideas about intentionally making out with same sex just for fun.. .sadly we weren't able to convince her that one would never betray himself/herself out of their own identity… .

    But some light on this point could also be helpful to young and upcoming parents., and even more acceptance within friend groups or at workspace.

  • Anika says:

    Agreed appreciated and encouraged

  • Ankita says:

    Need more content on this topic definitely.

  • Mariam Thomas says:

    I have a doubt..Why is someone identified with the attractions that they never chose to have?

  • Shrishti Sharma says:

    Earlier I thought there was only LGBT… Thnx for the information… Strictly needed for the society like India

  • Esha Yadav says:

    This is definitely one of the best and most informative videos on lgbtq culture. Kudos to you guys for speaking up about issues that are usually avoided in our society! Also i would be great if you could make another video on taunts and slurs in the indian society that are offensive but people continuing to use them and being insensitive

  • Shivani T says:

    Very informative πŸ‘πŸ‘

  • Sonia Talukdar says:

    Y'all left out pansexuals

  • Monika Kaushal says:

    Bisexuality faces a lot of flack too

  • nimrat17 says:

    Thank you. Thank you so much. For everything that you do. β™₯β™₯β™₯β™₯β™₯

  • shalvi neema says:

    Love is love. Vitamin stree is love!

  • Sanisha S.S says:

    THANK YOU!!!!!! ❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀

  • Pradnya says:

    Thank you for making this video. Looking forward for more videos on the same topic 🌈❀

  • Oindrila Dasgupta says:

    Looking forward to the next part…. And thank u for elaborating so nicely.

  • Harsimran Kaur says:

    Love is love… And that's all we should remember.. A great summary line

  • E C says:

    Wonderful, wonderful content! I love this channel. I learn so much from it ❀️❀️

  • Shivangi Patel says:

    Let's celebrate love in all forms🌈

  • Shivangi Patel says:

    We all are a little bit gay

  • shxxpraachi says:

    You are my favourite vitamin!πŸ’—

  • Sakshi says:

    Informative and much needed! Colorful as usual and u make heavy concepts lighter! I like you ppl!!

  • falak soha says:

    Please do more such videos….never knew about this….feels good to learn and know more about this rather than being an igronant person… u have an amazing platform..!!
    Good work

  • Shreyanshi Singh says:


  • miss souditi roy says:

    Guys this is wonderful and informative, keep going on, love you and all the best

  • Ana K P says:

    I wish I could be more eloquent, but right now all I can say is this was so beautiful and wholesome bless ya'll for making a video on this 😍

  • Moiya UwU says:

    Wow so just fuck the pansexuals then

  • Madhu Shruti Mukherjee says:

    Lovely people here,
    Do let me know: is calling everyone 'sister' offensive? I mean, I call heterosexual cis-gendered men I like 'sistah' too. So just let me know if it's offensive, I'll stop using it.

  • Madhu Shruti Mukherjee says:

    Hey. Don't forget the Allies. We're here to support and see the struggle through 🌈⚑

  • Zoey Starr says:

    It's great that you're talking about this, I'm glad.

  • Aastha S. says:

    I'm Queer and I'm here! Thank you guys! πŸ’™ waiting for more vids

  • multi fandom trash says:

    Thank you for making this video! I'm a proud bi myself but my parents don't support me. I hope our society changes with time and learns "LOVE IS LOVE"

  • Aishwarya Morwal says:

    Very informative! ✌️

  • n rm says:

    There is so much positivity down here in the comment section ❀️u people are doing a great job … absolutely love ur content nd creativity 😍
    U know what …in my experience ..I have come to realize LGBTQ+ community is so open to actually discuss any of the stigmas attached to them answer to any queries regarding them …all they want is respect nd sensitivity from us ..
    LGBTQ community exists …get over it … treat them as human beings#spread loveπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ

  • Mohini Phukan says:

    There's a lesbian couple in my class and the whole class loves and respects them. The most important is that the teachers as well as the parents too supports them. I'm so happyyyy and glad that I'm living in such an understanding society.

  • Abc Xyz says:

    Too fast a video….slow down girls….I guess earlier the graphics fascinated me more in the video but can't focus on the information being given. This video has been frustrating since I hav been trying to focus on what you are saying. But the explanations were incomplete. Background music was a little too loud to become distracting. N since there were so many terms, you did not allow my brain to process any of them before rushing on to the next term.
    The girls' voice mellowed down eventually in the video as if she was now tired of speaking. With such loud background music, I couldn't listen to her at all without earphones. So hard to focus.
    I guess your focus is also only on giving graphics and not really delivering the required information.

  • ragbendra kushwaha says:

    Please make a video on the rise of today's fake feminism

  • lymserenade says:

    you forgot the aromantics …they can experience sexual attraction but dont fall in love

  • suraj singh says:

    There is no such thing as trans. Sorry

  • Ayati Dobhal says:

    😭finally a-spec people getting some representation

  • Priyamvada Vidyarthi says:


  • Paridhi Bichchhal says:

    "Love is love, whether it be with anyone. You cannot afford to regret it".

  • Fashion by Arpita says:

    loved tis video

  • Ravishing Raveoli says:

    Thanks for this video πŸ™‚

  • Maantu Das says:


  • Shreya N says:

    Please make a video on how ancient India was very much sex positive♀️♂️ and pro LGBTπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ, before it was all ruined by foreign invaders.
    Btw, keep up the content, this is a great channel. πŸ‘Œ

  • Anju Singh says:

    Everyone who identifies as one of the LGBT+ members, you are loved. It's okay, even tho India mei itna sigma h isko lekar. Hum karte h support and we love u! -An ally.

  • Shreeya Shastri says:

    Q also stands for people that are questioning their romantic, sexual and gender identity.

  • ankit kumar says:

    You should have also added legal steps taken or proposed. For. Eg. Law regarding limiting of sex reassignment surgery at birth recently enforced in tamil nadu.
    Liked your presentation format. Please add more technical aspects. Also you can be more thorough by making a longer video.


    Any straight person here who support LGBT

  • Bandana Xingh says:

    I am Bisexual and happy 19 year old

    Coming to the point anyone out there a girl who would be into having a relationship with me

  • Avani Sawant says:

    Looovveedd itt!! Thankyou team of VitaminStree!

  • Saroj Kumari says:

    I'm really proud 😊 Indians a evolving and changing mindsets towards LGBTQ+ community. Maybe I'll come out of my closet soon.

  • Aviz Jordan says:

    This is an essential video.. as a person who is part of the community I appreciate this πŸ˜„πŸŒΈ

  • Rubina T says:

    One more reason why I love this channel. I really appreciate this β€οΈπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ

  • Anagha Pandurangi says:

    Very good nd d most needed video at this time..They r never different from us nd dey one among be more specific they r UNIQUE..Nd dey deserve to be treated the best..

  • Sharmila Bhadoria says:

    hey..! please cover the pan sexuals also

  • Baishali Dasgupta says:

    This was a really good watch, and definately makes me wish for more! Maybe next time, you guys could discuss about pansexuality? And…how an entire spectrum exists and sometimes it's not easy to identify with one specific label? Would definitely help the struggling souls out there! πŸ™‚ Thanks for covering this, sending warm hugs on your way!


    Love the content β™₯️

  • Keva says:

    I'm so glad you all did this. I'm non-binary panromantic asexual and most cishets don't know about it and don't even bother finding out. It's painful being misgendered.

  • Aleena Achamma Paul says:


  • Tom Jerry says:

    Woowwwwww…..this needs to be on trending….evrything explained so beautifully 😍😍
    N i appreciate all the creative thinking gone into this video.. example : – reproductive parts were made out of wollen….so cool..
    Keep it up guyz….an authentic informative channel

  • Hello Hi says:

    omg this is so great, as someone still in school this makes me realise that people must feel so hindered by hiding who they are! and I love the fact you looked over trans as well because there is so much discrimination regarding and the bit about asking the preferred pronouns is so important too!! fuck the whole video was enlightening, glad you could provide so much info!!!β€οΈπŸ’›πŸ’™πŸ’š

  • Hasti Thakkar says:

    How do y'all even make such cool videos? Epic shit.

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