What does LGBTQIA+ stand for? Use this quick glossary guide to brush up

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This acronym serves as a symbol, but also as a memory tool for those who need a little help. Here’s what LGBTQIA+ stands for.

L – LESBIAN

Lesbian is a term used to refer to homosexual females.

G – GAY

Gay is a term used to refer to homosexuality, a homosexual person or a homosexual male.

B – BISEXUAL

Bisexual is when a person is attracted to two sexes/genders.

T – TRANS

Trans is an umbrella term for transgender and transsexual people.

Q – QUEER/QUESTIONING

Queer is an umbrella term for all of those who are not heterosexual and/or cisgender. Questioning is when a person isn’t 100 percent sure of their sexual orientation and/or gender, and are trying to find their true identity.

I – INTERSEX

Intersex is when a person has a mix of sex characteristics that are thought to be typically male or female.

A – ASEXUALITY

Asexuality is when a person experiences no (or little, if referring to demisexuality or grey-asexuality) sexual attraction to people.

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The “+” symbol simply stands for all of the other sexualities, sexes, and genders that aren’t included in these few letters.


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