LGBTQIA+ Community: Understanding Acronyms

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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: 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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