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  1. An acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, especially as a united community, commonly used from around 1990,[1] but it can refer to a community of people who are not heterosexual or cisgender.[2][3]

Usage notes[change]

  • Sometimes, additional letters are added, such as 'Q' for 'queer' or 'questioning', 'I' for 'intersex', and 'P' for 'pansexual', 'A' for 'asexual', and more.[4]
  • When talking about sexuality leaving out gender, the shorter form LGB can be used.[5]
  • Some people do not use the umbrella term 'LGBT' because they see gender identity as separate from sexual identity.[6]
  • Some people do not like the term because they think that there is a lot of transphobia within the LGB community.[6]




  1. (usually plural) A member of the LGBT community.

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  1. Since 1988 (Research, policy and practice: Annual meeting, American Educational Research Association AERA, 1988)
  2. Swain, Keith W. (21 June 2007). "Gay Pride Needs New Direction." Denver Post. URL accessed on 2008-07-05.
  3. Shankle, Michael D. (2006). The Handbook of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Public Health: A Practitioner's Guide To Service. Haworth Press.
  4. "'Diversities' May Enrich 'LGBTQIAP' Alphabet Soup." The Huffington Post. URL accessed on 20 December 2014.
  5. Alexander, Jonathan (2004). Bisexuality and Transgenderism: InterSEXions of The Others. Haworth Press.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Katherine Cox, Sexual Orientation, in Death, Dying, and Social Differences (edited by David Oliviere, Barbara Monroe, Sheila Payne, published in 2011), page 197:
    Trans communities
    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 transphobia within LGB services and communities[.]