“Orange Is The New Black” star Lea DeLaria revealed her feelings about the acronym “LGBT” and says she prefers the term “queer.”
In an interview with PrideSource, DeLaria spoke about her decision to not attend Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival in 2014, which discouraged transgender people from attending. She continued on that “LGBT” divides the community by highlighting the differences instead of the similarities.
“This is the biggest issue we have in the queer community to date and will continue to be the biggest issue until we learn to accept our differences, and that’s the issue,” DeLaria says. ” And part of me believes that this inclusivity of calling us the LGBTQQTY-whatever-LMNOP tends to stress our differences. And that’s why I refuse to do it. I say queer. Queer is everybody.”
DeLaria also says “Orange is the New Black” has broken down barriers by presenting real people from the community.
“We’re three dimensional. We’re honest. We cry. We laugh. We talk about life, you know? That’s the biggest difference. And not to mention the very warm, friendly, three-dimensional positive portrayal of a butch dyke that is incredibly unique and unusual, and so I’m loving doing that,” DeLaria says.
“Orange is the New Black” season four premieres on Friday, June 17 on Netflix.