LGBTQ+ Terminology (content from onelove)
Let’s cover a few terminology basics! There are many different variations of the LGBT+ acronym, some people prefer to say LGBT+, while others use the full acronym, LGBTQQIAAP, whichever way you prefer to write it, LGBT+ is always inclusive of everyone in the community. Below is a quick breakdown of the meaning behind the acronym:
L – Lesbian: a woman who is attracted to other women.
G – Gay: a man who is attracted to other men or people who identify as homosexual.
B – Bisexual: a person who is attracted to both men and women.
T – Transgender: a person whose gender identity is different from the sex they’re assigned at birth.
Q – Queer: an umbrella term meaning non-heterosexual. Read this article for more definitions of what queer can stand for.
Q – Questioning: a person who is still exploring their sexuality or gender identity.
I – Intersex: a person whose body is not definitively male or female. This may be because they have chromosomes which are not XX or XY or because their genitals or reproductive organs are not considered “standard.”
A – Asexual: an umbrella term characterized by not feeling (or lacking) sexual attraction or a desire for partnered sexuality. Some asexual people still do have sex.
A – Ally: a person who identifies as straight but supports people in the LGBTQ+ community.
P – Pansexual: people who have romantic, sexual, or affectional desire for people of all genders and sexes.
Guide compiled and created by Emily Jacobson, Isabella Moreno, & Rose Wynd