Gay Activist Group Changes Name to Include ‘Bisexuals, Transgender and Queer’

By Penny Starr | October 8, 2014 | 2:51 PM EDT

Gay rainbow flag. (AP Photo)

( – The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force announced today that it is changing its name and “upping its game to deliver full LGBTQ freedom, justice and equality.”

The new name, the National LGBTQ Task Force, “adds bisexual, transgender and queer to lesbian and gay in the form of LGBTQ.”

According to the Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFFLG) website, “queer”  “could include the person who highly values queer theory concepts and would rather not identify with any particular label, the gender fluid bisexual, the gender fluid heterosexual, the questioning LGBT person, and the person who just doesn’t feel like they quite fit in to societal norms and wants to bond with a community over that.”

“It is a fluid label as opposed to a solid label, one that only requires us to acknowledge that we’re different without specifying how or in what context. It is also a concise word that people may use if they do not feel like shifting their language along with their ever-evolving gender, politics and/or sexuality. It may also be an easier and more concise identity for some people to use if and when people ask,” the PFFLG website states.

The National LGBTQ Task Force said the “historic change comes in the week that the Supreme Court extended marriage equality to more states,” referring to the decision by the High Court not to review lower court decisions in five states that ruled laws banning same-sex marriage are unconstitutional.

Time magazine, June 9, 2014, cover story, The Transgender Tipping Point: America's Next Civil Rights Frontier." (Photo: AP)

In addition, the name change comes ahead of the nation observing “National Coming Out Day” on Saturday, Oct. 11.

The group also said the “tagline” for the new name is “Be You,” with, “Its vision is a society that values and respects the diversity of human expression and identity and achieves freedom and equity for all.”

“We are seeing a real palpable hunger in LGBTQ people’s hearts not just to be out, but to bring their entire selves to every aspect of their lives: to ‘Be You’ without fear, without persecution, without discrimination,” Rea Carey, executive director of the homosexual activist group, said in the press release announcing the name change.

According to the July 15, 2014 National Health Statistics Report, based on the 2013 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), 96.6 percent of adults 18 or older identify as heterosexual, 1.6 percent as gay or lesbian, 0.7 percent as bisexual, with the remaining 1.1 of adults identified as “something else.”

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