What is LGBTQ?

LGBTQ is an acronym used to refer to any people or culture that identify with a gender and/or sexual minority. A gender or sexual minority is anything other than the heterosexual and cisgender model that is currently the majority in society at large.

The letters that compose LGBTQ refer to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer. There are many different terms, acronyms and expressions used to refer to gender and sexual minorities, however LGBTQ is the most common expression used at the moment and is generally used as shorthand by Q Soc, in addition to the simple catch-all term “queer.”

If you’d like to find out more about these different sections of society, check out the following:

Lesbian” commonly refers to women who are sexually and/or romantically attracted to other women exclusively.

Gay” commonly refers to men who are sexually and/or romantically attracted to other men exclusively.

Bisexual” commonly refers to people who are sexually and/or romantically attracted to more than one gender.

Transgender” or “trans*” commonly refers to people whose gender identity sex. Trans* people can be of any sexually orientation as their gender and sexual identity are separate things.and  gender presentation differs from their biological

Queer” is an umbrella term used to identify the entire spectrum of non-heterosexual, cisgender identities. It is intentionally non-specific to provide space for people who feel that they don’t correspond to the stricter definitions of LGB or T, or people whose identities are fluid and broad.

Or take a look at these videos explaining some more of the identities contained within the LGBTQQIPD2SAA label (usually shortened to LGBTQ+ because, wow, that’s a mouthful!)

Bi+ labels and identities

The Asexuality spectrum