What does it mean to be under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella?

What do we mean when we use the terms queer and bisexual, and what does “plus” mean in LGBTQIA+?

Drumm asked the three about their identity and why it matters.

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Sydney WorldPride is meant to honor and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community, but what do these letters actually stand for?(Stephanie Borce)

defying gender norms and social expectations

Kathleen Ebbs is being courted by big brands eager to be a part of their queer campaign strategy – and just as they’re prepping for interviews, another package of promotional merchandise arrives at them. I arrived at the door of

Kathleen Ebbs in a yellow shirt
Kathleen came out four years ago and identifies as a lesbian and genderqueer.(Courtesy: Yasmin Steja)

The 25-year-old is a queer artist, writer, actor and content creator from Sydney. Some describe them as influencers.

But Kathleen is conscious of who they stand for and the allure of the “pink dollar.”

Kathleen knew they were gay from an early age, but “came out” four years ago.

Being around other queer people “from every other letter in the alphabet,” Kathleen began to understand more about their identities.

“I think I was trapped in my body for a long time,” they said.

“Finally, when I accepted who I was and took steps to be part of a community and be myself, I started questioning everything.”

On the LGBTQIA+ spectrum, Kathleen identifies the L and “plus” for lesbian as “genderqueer people.”

“I think my sexuality and gender have evolved since coming out by joining the community, meeting people and learning,” they told The Drum. What does it mean to be under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella?

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