6 Reasons We Shouldn’t Say ‘Gold Star Lesbian’ or ‘Platinum Gay’

If you’re part of the queer community, there’s a good chance that you’ve come across the terms “gold star lesbian” and “platinum gay.”

You might even proudly claim one of these terms as part of your queer identity. But have you thought about who you’re hurting by showing your pride this way?

In this video, Riley J. Dennis shares how a “gold star lesbian” or “platinum gay” is defined – along with some really good reasons to stop using these terms. Once you find out how these terms are harmful to the entire LGBTQIA+ community, you’ll know why it’s best to express your pride in your sexuality without putting down others this way.

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The Editors at Everyday Feminism



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Riley J. Dennis is a Contributing Vlogger for Everyday Feminism. She’s a polyamorous, atheist, gender non-binary trans woman with a passion for fiction writing, feminism, and technology. She got her BA from Whittier College in 2015 doing a self-designed major called Writing Worlds, a mixture of creative writing and anthropology, focused on realistic fictional world building. Find her on her YouTube channel, Twitter @RileyJayDennis, or her website RileyJayDennis.com.