This acronym serves as a symbol, but also as a memory tool for those who need a little help. Here’s what LGBTQIA+ stands for.
L – LESBIAN
Lesbian is a term used to refer to homosexual females.
G – GAY
Gay is a term used to refer to homosexuality, a homosexual person or a homosexual male.
B – BISEXUAL
Bisexual is when a person is attracted to two sexes/genders.
T – TRANS
Trans is an umbrella term for transgender and transsexual people.
Q – QUEER/QUESTIONING
Queer is an umbrella term for all of those who are not heterosexual and/or cisgender. Questioning is when a person isn’t 100 percent sure of their sexual orientation and/or gender, and are trying to find their true identity.
I – INTERSEX
Intersex is when a person has a mix of sex characteristics that are thought to be typically male or female.
A – ASEXUALITY
Asexuality is when a person experiences no (or little, if referring to demisexuality or grey-asexuality) sexual attraction to people.
The “+” symbol simply stands for all of the other sexualities, sexes, and genders that aren’t included in these few letters.