LGBTQ+ : An A-Z to Guide

LGBTQ+: This acronym stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and the plus sign respects that the gay/ queer movement is much broader than this and includes many more identities. Here is an a-z guide of some of the key identities within the movement. 


Please keep in mind this list is not all inclusive, but it’s a useful guide to get you started if you’re unclear:

Gay:

An individual who is mainly attracted to members of the same sex. Although it can be used for any gender (e.g. gay man, gay woman, gay person), “lesbian” is often the preferred term for women who are attracted to women.

Lesbian:

A woman who is mainly attracted to other women. 

Asexual: 

An individual who generally does not feel sexual attraction. Asexuality is not the same as celibacy, as many ace people still have sex and can be turned on even if they are not turned on by people themselves.

Bisexual:

A person who is attracted to both people of their own gender and another gender. This can be used to mean attracted to both ‘men’ and women’, or their own gender and any other gender identity. The short hand term is ‘bi.’

Pansexual: 

A person who experiences sexual, romantic, physical, and/or spiritual attraction for members of all gender identities/expressions, not just people who fit into the standard gender binary (i.e. men and women). 

Queer:  

An umbrella term sometimes used by LGBTQ+ people to refer to the LGBT community. This term is considered offensive by some, reclaimed by others, and loved by many. One can be either gender queer or gender in terms of sexuality- some people use it to refer to both.

Transgender:

This term is frequently used as an umbrella term to refer to all people who do not identify with their assigned gender at birth, or the binary gender system. Some transgender people feel they exist not within one of the two standard gender categories, but rather somewhere outside of those two genders.

Transsexual:

A person whose gender identity is different from their biological sex, who may undergo medical treatments to change their biological sex, often to align it with their gender identity, or they may live their lives as another sex. 

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