LBGTQ Explained

The LGBTQ community has radically evolved, namely in terms of its acronyms. Shifting its scope onto terms such as LGBTQIA and GSM, the community has broadened its spectrum in an effort to provide deeper inclusivity. 

The acronym “LGBTQ” strives to represent its vastly intricate sexuality-based community as a whole. The LGBTQ community sheds light on its many members through the titles of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning. The term “lesbian” stands for a female who is homosexual, or in other words, attracted exclusively to members of the same sex; in this case, females. “Gay” refers to a homosexual man who is attracted exclusively to other men. “Bisexual” stands for one who is attracted to both sexes. “Transgender” denotes a person who does not self-identify with both the gender assigned to them at birth, and the gender-based conventions propelled towards them by society. Instead, they identify with the sex opposite to their own. “Queer” reflects members of society who do not identify as heterosexual or cisgender*, with “questioning” referring to one who is still exploring their sexuality, unsure of where they may lie within the spectrum of the LGBTQ community. 

Throughout the years, the LGBTQ community has been bashed exclusivity towards other members gravitating towards the various social standings despite its innately foreseen nature of embracing all. Thus, additions were added with initials such as “I,” which stands for “intersex,” and “A,” which stands for “asexual.” The term “intersex” refers to one who does not fit within the definition of the genders “male” and “female,” in relation to their biological characteristics. Both chromosomes and genitalia may play a key factor in determining if one is intersex, or not. The term “asexual” refers to one who lacks sexual attraction towards both the opposite sex and the same sex, and is sometimes referred to as a lack of sexual orientation in itself. 

The introduction of further umbrella terms have been set forth, in efforts to quell the hostilities toward the constantly evolving acronym of “LGBTQ,” and promote further inclusivity to all. One such acronym is “GSRM,” which stands for “gender, sexual, and romantic minorities.” The term describes its members as everyone, and anyone who is not cisgender, and/or heterosexual. Encompassing all ranges of the spectrums, the term “GSRM” encourages inclusivity for all of its wide range of members. 

Through the many terms, acronyms, and abbreviations designated to depict the LGBTQ community, the community is keen on promoting its outlook of making its members feel at home with their sexuality, no matter their standing in society after self-discovery. 

*cisgender is a person who is not transgender.