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What Does LGBTQ Mean?


"I've asked lots of people what LGBTQ stands for.

So far no one has given me a straight answer."


LGBTQ is an acronym that stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer. LGBTQ is an umbrella term that describes a group of people defined by their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. The LGBTQ acronym has sometimes been expanded to also include: Q (Questioning), A (Asexual), A (Ally), I (Intersex), P (Pansexual), and so on. In a broad group of people who might identify themselves as a members of a sexual minority (outside the mainstream), other descriptors certainly could be added to the list.



LGBTQ Acronyms

The act of politically grouping all non-heterosexual and non-cisgender people into the acronym LGBTQ is an act of exclusion. The LGBTQ acronym has expanded to LGBTQIA and more, in an attempt to be as representative as possible. But as the language used to describe these identities continues to grow, so does the need for more appropriate identification.


Currently, the acronym could easily be expressed as a whopping 14 letters long: LGGBBTTQQIAAPP. This lengthy acronym stands for lesbian, gay, genderqueer, bisexual, bigender, transgender, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, agender, pansexual and polyamorous. Some versions include "2S" for two-spirit. 


Not surprising, to avoid an endless list of letters, you will sometimes see the acronym expressed with a plus sign as in: LGBTQ+.  It is very appropriate, and a sign of inclusiveness, to express the acronym as LGBTQ+.


One advocacy group offers this initialism: LGBT2SGEQIAP+. They define the letters as follows:









Gender Expansive




Pangender, Polygender


Putting the "+" at the end of the acronym signifies a sincere and continuous effort to be inclusive of other related identities and a commitment to an understanding of identities that is ever-expanding, always learning, always growing.


Some suggest using shorter, more general acronyms, like GSM, which stands for gender and sexual minorities. GSM serves as a much better acronymic blanket statement than LGBTQ, because it does not specify any gender or sexual identity whatsoever. In its ambiguity, GSM is not only more accurate, but itís flexible. The name does not need to be updated at the rapid pace of language proliferation.

GSD (Gender and Sexual Diversities) has been suggested as a more inclusive term. This designator would include people who might be asexual, members of the BDSM/kink community, and people who were in non-traditional relationships that might be polyamorous or swingers.


At one point, GSRM (Gender, Sexuality, and Romantic Minorities) was also proposed. Some also recommended MOGA (Marginalized Orientation and Gender Alignments) and MOGII (Marginalized Orientations, Gender Identity, and Intersex).


Looking for a good all-around inclusive umbrella term, SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) or SOGIESC (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Sex Characteristics) was also suggested in some circles.


And if you want to expand the umbrella and include the BDSM community in the acronym, you can include a "K" for kink or an "F" for fetish. You can add a "P" for polyamorous.  you could add a "B" for bears. 


Wikipedia: LGBTQ
LGBTQ Alphabet

Acronyms and Words Words Words

Info: Sexual Identity

Video: LGBTQ Facts to Celebrate

Out Right: Acronyms Explained

Kinsey Institute: Who Are These LGBTQ Americans?

Info: Profile of LGBTQ Community

Video: The ABCs of LGBTQ

List:Famous LGBTQ People

Wikipedia: LGBTQ Community

Video: Explaining the LGBTQ Acronym

Very Well: What Are Sexual Minorities?



Initialism Options






Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Asexual, Intersex

Gender and Sexual Minorities

Gender and Sexual Diversities

Gender, Sexuality, Romantic Minorities

Marginalized Orientation and Gender Alignments

Marginalized Orientations, Gender Identity, Intersex

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression

Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Sex Characteristics

Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Asexual, Transgender


Sexual Minority

For purposes of sociological categorization, homosexual, transgender, and queer people are considered to be members of a sexual minority.  The term sexual minority refers to any identity, orientation, lifestyle, or practice that doesnít comply with the mainstream heterosexual or cisgender concept of normal sexual or gender behavior. 



The term sexual minority can be used as an umbrella term to encompass any group or individual who identifies as gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, polysexual, asexual, transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, gender-nonconforming, gender variant, agender, intersex, polyamorous, kinky, or otherwise queer.


As members of a sexual minority, LGBTQ people are often subject to the rules and attitudes of the majority heterosexual or straight community. There is a potential in a heterocentric environment (or ideology) to breed heterosexism (or a heterosexist system) that results in heterosexual privilege and homophobia. As with any minority group, there is risk of oppression from members of the majority group.



Using the term sexual minority in certain conversations helps to focus on the potential for oppression, prejudice, and discrimination by the majority group. A civilized society recognizes that minority voices must be heard and that members of the minority community must be included.


Some LGBTQ people object to using the term sexual minority and prefer the term LGBTQ. Reasons for these objections may vary. For example, some LGBTQ people feel that the term sexual minority reminds them about discrimination and about being a minority. They want to be not a distinct minority but an integral and respectable part of the society. Some other LGBTQ people dislike the term for being too inclusive, including swingers, polyamorists, BDSM people and other perceived "sexual strangers". These LGBTQ people want to make a larger distance between these sexual practices and sexual orientation/gender identity.


Some transgender and transsexual people dislike the term sexual minority for yet another reason. They argue that the phenomenon of transsexuality or transgender has nothing to do with sex, sexual practices or sexual orientation, but it relates to the gender, gender dysphoria and gender-variant behavior or feelings. Thus, they feel it is incorrect to classify them as "sexual minority," when, in fact, they are a gender-variant minority.



The LGBTQ Umbrella

How broad is the LGBTQ+ umbrella? What sexual minorities should be included under the Queer umbrella? Is the LGBTQ/Queer community represented by more than just sexual orientation and gender identity? Should the kink community be included? Should asexuals be included? Should the poly community be included? Should intersex people be included?


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