Nowadays, there is an increased frequency of hearing the word”LGBT” or “LGBTQ”. Sometimes, also the “LGBTQ+”. And you might be surprised that the well-known “Pride Parade” which speak out for the LGBTQ community has over 30 years of history.

However, do you know exactly what LGBTQ mean? And what’s the”+” stand for?

LGBTQ is an initialism that means:

L-Lesbian    G-Gay    B-Bisexual    T-Transgender    Q-Queer or Questioning

And the definitions are:

Lesbian

A lesbian is a female homosexual: a female who experiences romantic love or sexual attraction to other females.

Gay

Gay is a term that primarily refers to a homosexual person or the trait of being homosexual. Gay is often used to describe homosexual males but lesbians may also be referred to as gay.

Bisexual

Bisexuality is a romantic attraction, sexual attraction or sexual behavior toward both males and females, or romantic or sexual attraction to people of any sex or gender identity; this latter aspect is sometimes termed pansexuality.

Transgender

Transgender is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity differs from what is typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth. It is sometimes abbreviated to trans.

Queer

Queer is an umbrella term for sexual and gender minorities that are not heterosexual or cisgender. Queer was originally used pejoratively against those with same-sex desires but, beginning in the late-1980s, queer scholars and activists began to reclaim the word.

Questioning

The questioning of one’s gender, sexual identity, sexual orientation, or all three is a process of exploration by people who may be unsure, still exploring, and concerned about applying a social label to themselves for various reasons.

What’s the”+” in LGBTQ+ stand for?

Before we talk about the meaning of PLUS, we should know that it’s also common to see the acronym LGBTQQIA+ used nowadays, expanded for a more clear representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual people.

The “plus,” on the other hand, may be open to some interpretation. The addition of this symbol has come to be extremely important due to its expansive meaning. Even the straight people are included.

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