GSRD - What is it? What does it mean?

Last Updated: 02/10/2022
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GSRD (GSRM) flag

GSRD is an abbreviation that stands for Gender, Sexual and Romantic Diversity (GSRM - Gender, Sexual, and Romantic Minorities). The term GSRD is among the many alternative terms to describe gender sexual and relationship diversity. Acronyms like GSRD stand for alternative ways to include LGBT+ people in conversation. 

The abbreviation GSRD raises awareness of minorities including transgender and non-binary people,  gay, lesbian, bisexual people as well as biromantic, polyromantic, and many others. 

It is a term that allows the speakers to include the interests of all minorities without the need to add more letters to the acronym. 


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Terminology & History

The origins of the term GSRD are unknown. It seems to have originated on a website that takes the lead on sexuality-related matters somewhere around 2018. The terminology aims to include all sex and romantic minority people. There are many different variations of the word available online. Some of them are: 

GSRM stands for  Gender, Sexual, and Romantic Minorities

GSSRM stands for Gender, Sex, Sexuality, and Romantic Minorities

GSM stands for Gender and Sexual Minorities

GSD stands for Gender and Sexual Diversity

SGD stands for Sexual Gender Diversity

The abbreviations are an alternative to the most commonly used term LGBT+ which often requires adding letters to include all people in the LGBTQ+ community. The abbreviation GSRD eliminates the need to add more letters. GSRD allows people to use a more inclusive professional language without leaving anyone out. It can also be easily translated into other languages. 

Pronouns

Please note, GSRD people are all LGBTQ+ people. They may be cisgender, agender, non-binary, transgender, and many other genders. That said, they may use a variety of specific pronouns like she/her or he/him, neutral pronouns like they/them as well as neopronouns like xe/xem, ee/eem, ze/zir, and so on. 

Remember to always explore and research the ways to show a sign of respect. Check with the individual about their preferred pronouns. Avoid assuming pronouns based on someone’s identity or expression. Try to do your best to share your pronouns in conversation as well as written communication. If in doubt, use the person’s name at all times. 

Flag and Symbols

There are currently two flags available online. Both of them are for GSRM abbreviation. The original flag was posted in 2018, it features a green background with a pink inverted triangle in the middle. 

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An alternate GSRM flagAn alternate GSRM flag

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Julia Sotska is a former Senior PR Manager at Taimi. She hails from Toronto, Canada where she studied Communications and Journalism Broadcasting. Julia is an experienced journalist, TV producer, editor and communications manager. Her work has been featured in prominent publications in Canada, the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, and more. Julia is passionate about LGBTQ+ and disability rights, mental health, wellness, and parenthood.

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