LGBTQ+ in all its glory
LGBTQ+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning. The plus refers to all other sexual and gender identities such as intersex, pansexual, two-spirit, asexual, and ally.
Why has the acronym changed over time? It’s important to remember that words and meanings are always evolving. Bisexual, as defined by Sigmund Freud, originally meant a person was both a man and a woman. Being both a man and a woman is now referred to as bigender (under the transgender umbrella), and bisexuality is an attraction to multiple/all genders.
The importance of “Plus”
The term LGBT has been used since the 1990s and while variations such as LGBTQ are often used, many advocates argue that the addition of the “plus” is important and should not be overlooked. The purpose of the acronym is to represent the tremendous diversity of people who are same/similar gender attracted and transgender. The addition of the plus is there to fully capture that diversity.
Other terms related to the LGBTQ+ community are:
- Intersex: This is a term to describe individuals who are born with variations of sex characteristics that do not fit with binary definitions of male or female bodies.
- Pansexual: A term that describes a person who may have a physical, emotional, or romantic attraction to people of any gender.
- Asexual: Also known as “ace,” refers to someone who has little or no sexual attraction; they may, however, experience romantic attraction.
- Cisgender: People whose gender identity corresponds to their gender at birth.
- Nonbinary: A person whose gender identity is neither exclusively woman or man.
- Gender nonconforming: A person whose gender identity or expression is outside or beyond the traditional masculine/feminine and woman/man norms.
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