What does LGBTQIA+ stand for?

LGBTQIA+ is an ever-growing acronym that keeps on evolving to include people of all sexualities and genders. It encompasses several minority groups, which make it vital to break it down according to each different letter:

The LGB section deals with the sexual identity of an individual. It stands for lesbian, gay, and bisexual.

Below is a quick look at what each of these individual letters means.

  • Lesbian — women who are affectionately or sexually attracted to other women.

  • Gay — those individuals that are attracted to the same gender. Commonly known as homosexual.

  • Bisexual — these are individuals that are affectionately and sexually attracted to both women and men.

The T has several meanings, with some having fallen out of favor over the past decade. However, it also encompasses gender identity and can be said to stand for the following.

  • Transsexual — an individual transitioning to a different sex through medical treatments or surgery.

  • Trans — an all-inclusive term for a non-binary, non-conforming, or transgender individual.

  • Transgender — an individual whose gender identity doesn't match the sex recorded on their birth certificate.

The QIA comes down to queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual. Here is a comprehensive look at what each letter means.

  • Queer — describes individuals who don't conform to social norms

  • Questioning — these are people exploring their gender expressions, gender identity, and sexuality.

  • Intersex — commonly used for people that don't match traditional gender norms of man or woman. Can also mean an individual whose reproductive anatomy isn't typical.

  • Asexual — these are individuals that aren't sexually or romantically attracted to either sex.

The + sign at the end was included to cover new subjects including ally, genderqueer, two-spirit, demisexual, pansexual, and so much more. Therefore, new terms can easily be added thanks to the + at the end of the LGBTQIA+ acronym.

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