New words and definitions are added to the dictionary every year, sometimes terms that impact the LGBT community.
“Asexual” is the latest to be updated to reflect the spectrum of sexual identities: The Merriam-Webster Dictionary has updated its definition to include “[people] not having or showing a particular sexual identity.”
The term already existed in biology to describe organisms such as plants, but in more recent years it’s been claimed by a community that feels it best reflects their identity. The Asexual Visibility and Education Network petitioned Merriam-Webster to revise its listing, and on Sunday, they succeeded.
“We did it!” read a post on AVEN Facebook page. “It’s so great to see our community get together to accomplish this!”
In recent years, “misgender and “genderfluid” have also been added to dictionaries.