LGBTQIA+ Community: Understanding Acronyms

The LGBTQIA+ community goes by many names and acronyms, here at Mental Magazine we tend to use LGBTQIA+. But how many are there and what do they mean?


Let’s start of easy with LGBT: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. LGBT has been used for the 90s and is easily the most common acronym used.


GLBT: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender.


LGBTQ: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning. The Q can mean either Queer or Questioning.


LGBTIQ: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer/Questioning.


LGBTQIA: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex and Asexual.


LGBTTQQIAAP: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Ally and Pansexual.


LGBTQIAP2: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual and Two-Spirit.


WLW: Women loving Women.


MLM: Men loving Men.


SGM: Sexual and Gender Minorities.


* or + after the phrase: Additional, unreferenced identities which are related to the community.

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