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What Does LGBTIQA+ Stand For?

Updated: Apr 9, 2021



Many people know and understand what LGBT means, but over the years, the language used in the queer community has adapted to better describe how individuals identify. That’s why taking some time to learn what the longer acronym means is so important – because people’s identities are important.


Continue reading for a breakdown of each letter...


 

L = LESBIAN

A lesbian is a woman who is romantically and sexually attracted to other women.


G= GAY

Gay in this acronym refers to a man who is romantically and sexually attracted to other men. However, the word/term gay is universally known as a way to describe anyone who is in a same-sex relationship.

Gay is also an acronym in itself. Gay people took back the phrase coining it to mean Good As You.



B = Bisexual

Being bisexual means regardless of your gender, you are romantically and sexually attracted to both male and female genders. It’s important to note at this point that sexuality is often on a spectrum, meaning individuals might feel more drawn to/attracted to a certain gender, but this doesn’t make anyone less or more ‘bisexual’.


T = Transgender / Trans

When we are born, a doctor will identify that we are either male or female based on our sex organs.

Transgender is an umbrella term that simply means - someone whose gender identity does not match the biological one assigned to them at birth.