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LGBTQ Community


LGBTQ is an acronym that stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer. LGBTQ is an umbrella term that describes a group of people defined by their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. The LGBTQ acronym has sometimes been expanded to also include: Q (Questioning), A (Asexual), A (Ally), I (Intersex), P (Pansexual), and so on. In a broad group of people who might identify themselves as a members of a sexual minority (outside the mainstream), other descriptors certainly could be added to the list.



LGBTQ Acronyms

The act of politically grouping all non-heterosexual and non-cisgender people into the acronym LGBTQ is an act of exclusion. The LGBTQ acronym has expanded to LGBTQIA and more, in an attempt to be as representative as possible. But as the language used to describe these identities continues to grow, so does the need for more appropriate identification.


Currently, the acronym could easily be expressed as a whopping 14 letters long: LGGBBTTQQIAAPP. This lengthy acronym stands for lesbian, gay, genderqueer, bisexual, bigender, transgender, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, agender, pansexual and polyamorous. Some versions include "2S" for two-spirit.  Not surprising, you will sometimes see the acronym expressed with a plus sign as in: LGBTQ+.



Some suggest using shorter, more general acronyms, like GSM, which stands for gender and sexual minorities. GSM serves as a much better acronymic blanket statement than LGBTQ, because it does not specify any gender or sexual identity whatsoever. In its ambiguity, GSM is not only more accurate, but itís flexible. The name does not need to be updated at the rapid pace of language proliferation.

GSD (Gender and Sexual Diversities) has been suggested as a more inclusive term. This designator would include people who might be asexual, members of the BDSM/kink community, and people who were in non-traditional relationships that might be polyamorous or swingers.


At one point, GSRM (Gender, Sexuality, and Romantic Minorities) was also proposed. Some also recommended MOGA (Marginalized Orientation and Gender Alignments) and MOGII (Marginalized Orientations, Gender Identity, and Intersex). Looking for a good all-around inclusive umbrella term, SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) was also suggested in some circles.



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Kinsey Institute: Who Are These LGBTQ Americans?

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List:Famous LGBTQ People

Wikipedia: LGBTQ Community

Very Well: What Are Sexual Minorities?


Initialism Options

LGBTQ  -  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer

GSM  -  Gender and Sexual Minorities

GSD  -  Gender and Sexual Diversities

GSRM  -  Gender, Sexuality, and Romantic Minorities

MOGA  -  Marginalized Orientation and Gender Alignments

MOGII  -  Marginalized Orientations, Gender Identity, and Intersex

SOGI  -  Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity



Sexual Minority

For purposes of sociological categorization, homosexual, transgender, and queer people are considered to be members of a sexual minority.  The term sexual minority refers to any identity, orientation, lifestyle, or practice that doesnít comply with the mainstream heterosexual or cisgender concept of normal sexual or gender behavior. 


The term sexual minority can be used as an umbrella term to encompass any group or individual who identifies as gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, polysexual, asexual, transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, gender-nonconforming, gender variant, agender, intersex, polyamorous, kinky, or otherwise queer.


As members of a sexual minority, LGBTQ people are often subject to the rules and attitudes of the majority heterosexual or straight community. There is a potential in a heterocentric environment (or ideology) to breed heterosexism (or a heterosexist system) that results in heterosexual privilege and homophobia. As with any minority group, there is risk of oppression from members of the majority group.


Using the term sexual minority in certain conversations helps to focus on the potential for oppression, prejudice, and discrimination by the majority group. A civilized society recognizes that minority voices must be heard and that members of the minority community must be included.


Some LGBTQ people object to using the term sexual minority and prefer the term LGBTQ. Reasons for these objections may vary. For example, some LGBTQ people feel that the term sexual minority reminds them about discrimination and about being a minority. They want to be not a distinct minority but an integral and respectable part of the society. Some other LGBTQ people dislike the term for being too inclusive, including swingers, polyamorists, BDSM people and other perceived "sexual strangers". These LGBTQ people want to make a larger distance between these sexual practices and sexual orientation/gender identity.

Some transgender and transsexual people dislike the term sexual minority for yet another reason. They argue that the phenomenon of transsexuality or transgender has nothing to do with sex, sexual practices or sexual orientation, but it relates to the gender, gender dysphoria and gender-variant behavior or feelings. Thus, they feel it is incorrect to classify them as "sexual minority", when, in fact, they are gender-variant minority.









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