You may have heard of LGBT. So why did I add all those extra letters on the end? Well, the four letters doesn’t really cover the complete spectrum. Neither does LGBTQQIPP2SAAADGG+, honestly. That’s why there’s a plus on the end – because there is no complete form!

I thought I’d give a list to tell you what each of these letters mean. Here we go!

LGBTQQIPP2SAAADGG+: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Pansexual, Polyamory, 2-Spirit, Agender, Asexual, Aromantic, Demisexual, Genderqueer, and Graysexual. The plus sign is there because there is no complete form.

Alphabet soup. Image from here.

And that’s it for this post!

Just kidding. Here’s a tiny summary of each one:


Lesbian: a woman who is attracted to other women

Gay: a man who is attracted to other men

Bisexual: a person attracted to other people of both their gender and other genders

Transgender: a person who was assigned one gender at birth, but does not live as that gender. It is not a requirement to undergo gender confirmation surgery to identify as transgender

Queer: an umbrella term to indicate not specifically heterosexual and/or monogamous

Questioning: a person who is exploring their sexual orientation or gender identity

Intersex: people who have a combination of chromosomes, sex organs, hormones, and/or genitals that differ from the “binary”. Some intersex people are visibly identified at birth, but still more are not noticeable until they try to have children, or sometimes never discovered

Pansexual: a person who is attracted to all gender identities and expressions

Polyamory: a person who is involved in (or open to) multiple relationships with the consent of all partners

2-Spirit: Aboriginal term for people with attributes of more than one gender

Agender: a person who does not identify as male or female

Asexual: a spectrum defining little to no sexual attraction to other people

Aromantic: a spectrum defining little to no romantic attraction to other people

Demisexual: part of the asexual spectrum; little to no romantic attraction is felt until an emotional bond is made

Genderqueer/Genderfluid: a gender identity for people who do not identify with the binary, or are fluid, or many other reasons

Graysexual: a person who experiences sexual attraction very rarely, or at a very low intensity

+:  there is no complete form. The plus sign indicates that there are many more letters that could be added.


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