Last week, Google launched a new resource intended to help journalists and others better use inclusive languages around the LGBTQ2S+ community.
The LGBTQIA+ Glossary is a linguist-developed list of 100 words and definitions aimed at encouraging better language use when talking about queer and trans people and communities.
The project was developed by the Google News Initiative in partnership with queer media hub VideoOut and Men’s Health magazine. In a release for Google, VideoOut founder Jordan Reeves pitches the glossary as “a new literacy tool promoting inclusive LGBTQ+ language.
“Twenty years ago, nobody, including LGBTQ+ people, had the language we have today to talk about queerness or gender outside the binary. Coded language made it even more difficult to learn about the LGBTQ+ community, much less learn about myself,” they wrote.
But many social media users were quick to point out that among the 100 words deemed worthy of defining, a certain key letter of the LGBTQ2S+ acronym was glaringly missing.
absolutely obsessed with the fact that the google glossary of queer terms includes ‘gaymer’ and ‘ally’ but not bisexual https://t.co/apy4u7g7TZ
— Gabrielle Drolet (@gabrielledrolet) November 24, 2021
And just like that, google dropped the B in LGBTQIA+. Bisexual isn’t even listed in their glossary and neither is pansexual. What blatant erasure of nonmonosexual folks. https://t.co/O588DnUCXo
— ali 💖💜💙 (@AnxiousBiQueen)…