As with any audience, it’s important to mind your
P’s and Q’s—or your L•G•B•Ts—to address and engage
this powerful demographic respectfully.
By Mya reyes, cMP
What do the following prominent historical fig- ures have in common: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Willa
Cather, Hans Christian Anderson and
If you answered that they are all
famous authors, you are correct.
How about Michelangelo, Leonardo di
Vinci and Andy Warhol? If you answered
they are famous artists, you are right again.
How about Cole Porter, Tchaikovsky
and Leonard Bernstein? (Composers)
Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar
and King Richard the Lionheart?
Johnny Mathis, Josephine Baker
and Janis Joplin? (Singers)
Collectively, what did all of these
high-profile individuals have in common? Obviously, they were all enormously talented and skilled in their
fields of endeavor, and most were
involved in the arts—but what commonality is less obvious?
Answer: In today’s world, they would
belong to the LGBT community. LGBT
is an acronym for lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender. Are you surprised these
individuals would identify with this demographic? The fact is that stereotypes
don’t always apply. In most cases, a person’s outward appearance does not
reflect his or her sexual orientation.