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- An acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, especially as a united community, commonly used from around 1990, but it can refer to a community of people who are not heterosexual or cisgender.
- Sometimes, additional letters are added, such as 'Q' for 'queer' or 'questioning', 'I' for 'intersex', and 'P' for 'pansexual', 'A' for 'asexual', and more.
- When talking about sexuality leaving out gender, the shorter form LGB can be used.
- Some people do not use the umbrella term 'LGBT' because they see gender identity as separate from sexual identity.
- Some people do not like the term because they think that there is a lot of transphobia within the LGB community.
- (mostly in the plural) A member of the LGBT community.
- transgender, transsexual, queer
- (sexual orientations): gay, lesbian, homosexual, heterosexual, bisexual, asexual
- (romantic orientations): aromantic, homoromantic, heteroromantic, biromantic
- Since 1988 (Research, policy and practice: Annual meeting, American Educational Research Association AERA, 1988)
- Swain, Keith W. (21 June 2007). "Gay Pride Needs New Direction." Denver Post. URL accessed on 2008-07-05.
- Shankle, Michael D. (2006). The Handbook of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Public Health: A Practitioner's Guide To Service. Haworth Press.
- "'Diversities' May Enrich 'LGBTQIAP' Alphabet Soup." The Huffington Post. URL accessed on 20 December 2014.
- Alexander, Jonathan (2004). Bisexuality and Transgenderism: InterSEXions of The Others. Haworth Press.
- Katherine Cox, Sexual Orientation, in Death, Dying, and Social Differences (edited by David Oliviere, Barbara Monroe, Sheila Payne, published in 2011), page 197:
Although the umbrella term LGBT makes pragmatic sense, there are compelling arguments to treat [transgender] people as distinct from LGB communities: gender identity is clearly distinct from sexual identity (Dean et al., 2000) and to conflate the two risks ignoring the particular experiences of [transgender people] which is itself heterogeneous, comprising intersex individuals, androgynes, transvestites, and a whole range of others. [Transgender] people [...] can experience trans-phobia within LGB services and communities[.]