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because acronyms are basically impossible in Arabic I was curious what the accepted equivalent of LGBT was. I grew up a clueless straight boy so I didn't know offhand.

turns out it's مجتمع الميم mujtamaa al-meem, literally "meme community" or "meme society"

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the Arabic names for the different components of LGBT all start with the letter م meem, the M sound.

lesbian = مثليات mithlayat
gay = مثليون mithlyeen
bisexual = مزدوجي الميول muzdawjay al-muyul
transgender = متحولون/ متحولات الجنس mutahawaleen / mutahawilat al-jins

so the acronym would actually just be مممم MMMM lol. instead, it's the meme society, which is, I think, extremely very good.

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@nasser is there a word for “queer”?

bilingual pride facts 

@Moss many of the "correct" arabic words are basically slurs 😬 I've seen كوير kwyr used, though that's just a transliteration and I think people have mixed feelings all about this transliterating western words and by extension western queer culture. أحرار الجنس ahrar al-jins "sexually/gender liberated" also gets used. but I am far from an authority on this stuff.

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@nasser @Moss is the use of -Jin related to the supernatural creatures? Curious to know if the lines blur between queer and magical. In india that is certainly the case with trans women (Hijra), but that mythology is fraught in many other ways.

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@nasser @Moss some clarification on the term "Hijra" I grew up hearing it as a regional word for trans, but it's actually not since it translates to eunuch which is derogatory & outdated. However, searching this brought up the delightful new term chosen by south Asian trans communities - Kinnar, a magical dancer from Buddhist mythology who is a chimerical bird, horse, human hybrid!
This wikipedia article is a surprisingly decent introduction: en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hijra_

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@mohini @Moss i love this!

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