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MOGAI stands for Marginalized Orientations, Genders, and Identities (or Intersex. Depends on who you ask). It’s a social justice-adjacent movement that claims to be within (and synonymous with) the LGBTQ+ community. In practice, however, it’s full of people who think wanting to fuck anime characters makes you LGBTQ and that genders and sexualities are accessories. MOGAI casts itself as a better, more-inclusive acronym for describing the LGBTQ+ community. In reality, since their basic stance is “gender is indefinable, and therefore definable as anything,” it’s a collection of aesthetics, personality traits, and symptoms of mental illness (literally: check out Anorexgender) which have the word -gender (or -sexuality) tacked onto the end.
MOGAI as a movement also denies that pronouns indicate gender, leading to both nounself and emojiself pronouns. Most egregiously, they deny the fact that you need dysphoria to be transgender and they push the idea that gender identity and sexual orientation are choices. This stance, you might have spotted, is so progressive that it horseshoe-effects right on around to being far-right. In other words, MOGAI is a cluster-fuck that feeds upon well-meaning people’s desires to be open-minded, accepting, and validating. It weaponizes those desires, and it uses them as a recruiting tool, something that has allowed it to seep into the mainstream largely unchecked, unchallenged, and therefore unnoticed.

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Origin of Term

Since 2014, MOGAI has gone from the fringiest of fringe movements to a true force shaping the thoughts, identities, beliefs, and politics of young people, LGBT or otherwise—even those who haven’t ever heard the term. You can see echoes of it everywhere. It can be seen in pushes to de-medicalize transness, putting thousands of trans people’s insurance-covered transitions in jeopardy. It can be seen in claims that there are infinite genders, and that it’s transphobic to choose sex partners based on their genitalia rather than their gender identity. You can see it in the upsurge of people who believe that you don’t need gender dysphoria to be trans, and that sexual orientation and gender identity are both choices. You can see it in the push for the normalization of pedophilia as a marginalized orientation, although most MOGAI supporters are (rightly) very much against this.
The history is pretty tangled; it’s usually cited as emerging online (possibly on Tumblr) as a more streamlined and less offensive (“queer” being a controversial umbrella term due to its history of being a slur) alternative to LGBTQUIAP++ in 2013 or 2014. It’s pretty poorly-documented early-on, and seems to have been used by a very small number of people until around the early summer of 2014, when it really exploded, most likely because of Pride Month. Since then, it’s been growing in popularity, often peaking dramatically around Pride, when it becomes a hotter topic than usual in the wider LGBT community.
In anti-MOGAI circles, there is a common myth that “MOGAI” was coined by a pedophile looking to legitimize their predatory attraction to minors as kind of an updated version of the notorious North American Man-Boy Love movement of the 1980s and 90s. Upon further investigation, however, this doesn’t seem to be the case. It was, however, true of the acronym GSRM (Gender, Sexual, and Romantic Identities), so perhaps the misconception arose from someone getting their acronym wires crossed.
In MOGAI circles, credit for coming up with their acronym is usually given to a then-14-year-old survivor of childhood sexual abuse, but this is also somewhat inaccurate. While this person was definitely involved in a in 2014[[conversation about MOGAI as a shorter alternative to LGBATQUI+1, the term actually predates the conversation by several years. A search of Tumblr’s now-ancient history turns up evidence that people were using the term as a synonym for LGBTQ (et cetera et cetera) as early as 2011. Whether this is a case of independent coining or evidence of slow and steady adoption of the term, though, is hard to say.

However the acronym came to be, however, it was firmly ensconced in the Tumblr lexicon by mid-2014.

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Discussion with the person usually cited as coining "MOGAI" showing the term coining was a group effort


MOGAI Genders

IV. MOGAI Gender Systems

V. MOGAI Sexualities

VI. MOGAI Pronouns

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