Understanding the LGBTQ+ Acronym.


Lesbian: Female identified people attracted romantically, erotically, and/or emotionally to other female-identified people.


Gay: Can be referred to the entire LGBTQ+ community as a whole or it can be reference a single person who does not identify as straight, or a man who is attracted to other men in a romantic, erotic, and/or emotional sense.


Bisexual: Someone who is attracted to people of both male and female identifying people.


Transgender: A person’s gender identity and/or gender expression differs from what is typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth. It does not refer to ones sexual orientation.


Queer: Sexual preferences, orientations, and habits of the not-exclusively-heterosexual and monogamous majority.

Questioning: someone who is questioning one’s sexual orientation, sexual identity, gender, or all three.


The “+”: to shorten the acronym beyond LGBT or LGBTQ the plus is added to include the following groups:


Intersex: People who are born with reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t fit the typical definition of male or female


Asexual: A person who does not feel a sexual attractions to others.

Ally: A member of the dominant group who supporting and advocating with the oppressed population.


Pansexual: a person who can feel a sexual, romantic, and emotional attraction toward a person, regardless of their gender identity or orientation.

Polyamorous: is the practice of, or desire for, intimate relationships with more than one partner, with the consent of all partners involved


Genderqueer: A person whose gender identity is outside of the strict male and female binary


2/Two Spirit: is a modern, pan-Indian umbrella term used by some Indigenous North Americans to describe Native people in their communities to fulfill a traditional third-gender

Some have also added these following letters:

H: HIV-Affected

O: Others

U: Unsure

C: Curious

T: Transvestite

SA: Straight Ally

Binary & Non-Binary

The term gender binary describes the system in which a society splits its members into one of two sets of gender roles, gender identity, and attributes bases on the type of genitalia

Gender Binary: Assumes that someone is either “male” or “female”, and relies on the gender assigned at birth based on genitalia

Non-Binary: is someone who doesn’t identify on the gender binary (male and female), or soley as one of those two genders.

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