To celebrate Pride Weekend, Quizlet is donning the uniform of LGBTQ unity: the rainbow. You'll see us sporting rainbow colors on social media this weekend, which is a simple and fun way for us to show support. If you want to join in, please do. There are places on the Internet where you can transform your avatar and fly the rainbow colors. But perhaps the best way to support your LGBTQ friends and family is to learn more about what the Pride movement is all about.
A LOT Has Changed About Sex and Gender
I don't know about you, but I feel like we've all learned a lot about sex and gender in the past decade. It used to seem simple. So binary. You were either straight, or you were gay. You were either a man, or you were a woman. And, to be clear, you either benefitted or suffered based on these strict definitions. But that narrow vision already feels like it belongs to an earlier era — a pre-Internet time when paper questionnaires only left space for one letter when they asked about your gender: M or F.
Nowadays, people are encouraged to self-identify by platforms like Facebook, which offers its billions of users across the world a mind-boggling 58 gender options. Also positive: Numerous anti-bullying campaigns seem to have had a surprisingly effective impact. I think people are also encouraged to express and find comfort in their own sex and gender preferences when they see companies like Quizlet participate in things like Pride Weekend. How could we not participate? People come to Quizlet to learn about nearly everything — and that includes gay rights and gender studies.
Who Do You Ask When You Don't Know? The Internet.
Google famously puts all the world's knowledge at your fingertips, but it's easy to forget that 20 years ago Google barely existed. What once may have seemed like a fantasy — to be able to look up literally anything you're curious about — is now commonplace and often taken for granted. It's undeniably a godsend to people who are afraid to ask a question for fear of being criticized, ostracized, or just plain looked at funny.
If you're curious about the history behind Pride, dig in and learn something new about LBGTQ History. There is a good set of Gay Pride Terms that gives a broad overview of gay rights. Want to know historical details about the Gay Rights Movement? LGBT 101 provides historical trivia tidbits that go all the way back to 1873.
LGBTQ Flag Culture: Everywhere a Sign
I've been fascinated by the flowering of sex- and gender-based flag designs in the last few years. Not all of them are beautifully designed, but each one of them is prized by some group, no matter how small their numbers. It's hard to know exactly how many flags there are at this point, but the number is gradually inching toward 100. You may already know what androgynous, genderqueer and transsexual mean. But do you know what Womaromantic and Finsexual are all about? Did you know that I'm Cisgender — and that you may be, too? I can guarantee you will learn something new by studying the 64 LGBT Flags and Definitions on Quizlet.
Of course, not everyone uses Quizlet with a learning-for-learning's sake attitude. Some people want to make sure they know enough about a subject before teaching others. As user pavillon99 notes on his/her LGBTQ Terms set, "Don't judge me; I'm giving a presentation at the YWCA, and I don't want to look like an idiot." We won't judge you. Not wanting to look like an idiot in the middle of a big rainbow party is one of the best reasons to study.