LGBT

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(or ) is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.wikipedia
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Gay

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(or ) is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.
By the end of the 20th century, the word gay was recommended by major LGBT groups and style guides to describe people attracted to members of the same sex.

Questioning (sexuality and gender)

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To recognize this inclusion, a popular variant adds the letter Q for those who identify as queer or are questioning their sexual identity; has been recorded since 1996.
The letter "Q" is sometimes added to the end of the acronym LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender); the "Q" can refer to either queer or questioning.

Queer

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To recognize this inclusion, a popular variant adds the letter Q for those who identify as queer or are questioning their sexual identity; has been recorded since 1996. In 2016, GLAAD's Media Reference Guide states that LGBTQ is the preferred initialism, being more inclusive of younger members of the communities who embrace queer as a self-descriptor.
Beginning in the late 1980s, queer activists, such as the members of Queer Nation, began to reclaim the word as a deliberately provocative and politically radical alternative to the more assimilationist branches of the LGBT community.

Sexual minority

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Lars Ullerstam promoted use of the term sexual minority in the 1960s, as an analogy to the term ethnic minority for non-whites.
Primarily used to refer to LGB or non-heterosexual individuals, it can also refer to transgender, genderqueer (including third gender ) or intersex individuals.

Homosexuality

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The first widely used term, homosexual, now carries negative connotations.
Gay especially refers to male homosexuality, but may be used in a broader sense to refer to all LGBT people.

Transgender

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(or ) is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.
Despite the distinction between sexual orientation and gender, throughout history the gay, lesbian, and bisexual subculture was often the only place where gender-variant people were socially accepted in the gender role they felt they belonged to; especially during the time when legal or medical transitioning was almost impossible.

Coming out

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Critics said that transgender people were acting out stereotypes and bisexuals were simply gay men or lesbian women who were afraid to come out and be honest about their identity.
Coming out of the closet, often shortened to coming out, is a metaphor for LGBT people's self-disclosure of their sexual orientation or of their gender identity.

Butch and femme

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As equality was a priority for lesbian feminists, disparity of roles between men and women or butch and femme were viewed as patriarchal.
Stereotypes and definitions of butch and femme vary greatly, even within tight-knit LGBT communities.

United States

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For example, the LGBT Movement Advancement Project termed community centres, which have services specific to those members of the LGBT community, as "LGBT community centers", in a comprehensive studies of such centres around the United States.
A 2017 Gallup poll concluded that 4.5% of adult Americans identified as LGBT with 5.1% of women identifying as LGBT, compared with 3.9% of men.

GLAAD

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In 2016, GLAAD's Media Reference Guide states that LGBTQ is the preferred initialism, being more inclusive of younger members of the communities who embrace queer as a self-descriptor.
GLAAD (formerly the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) is an American non-governmental media monitoring organization founded by LGBT people in the media.

Intersex

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Those who add intersex people to LGBT groups or organizing use an extended initialism .
The relationship of intersex to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans, and queer communities is complex, but intersex people are often added to LGBT to create an LGBTI community.

Two-spirit

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Other variants may have a "U" for "unsure"; a "C" for "curious"; another "T" for "transvestite"; a "TS", or "2" for "two-spirit" persons; or an "SA" for "straight allies".
Often incorrectly used as a synonym for "LGBT Native", the term and identity of two-spirit "does not make sense" unless it is contextualized within a Native American or First Nations framework and traditional cultural understanding.

Sexual orientation

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The two acronyms are sometimes combined to form the terms or to encompass spectrums of sexuality and gender.
While some LGBT people hide their respective orientations from their spouses, others develop positive gay and lesbian identities while maintaining successful heterosexual marriages.

Third gender

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Furthermore, the initialism has seen use in India to encompass the hijra third gender identity and the related subculture.
The concept is most likely to be embraced in the modern LGBT or queer subcultures.

LGBT community

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In use since the 1990s, the term is an adaptation of the initialism, which was used to replace the term gay in reference to the LGBT community beginning in the mid-to-late 1980s.
Gay consumers can be very loyal to specific brands, wishing to support companies that support the gay community and also provide equal rights for LGBT workers.

Pride Toronto

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For a time the Pride Toronto organization used the much lengthier acronym, but appears to have dropped this in favour of simpler wording.
A celebration of the diversity of the LGBT community in the Greater Toronto Area, it is one of the largest organized gay pride festivals in the world, featuring several stages with live performers and DJs, several licensed venues, a large Dyke March, a Trans March and the Pride Parade.

Hijra (South Asia)

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Furthermore, the initialism has seen use in India to encompass the hijra third gender identity and the related subculture.
Hijra used to be translated in English as "eunuch" or "hermaphrodite", although LGBT historians or human rights activists have sought to include them as being transgender.

Gender identity

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The two acronyms are sometimes combined to form the terms or to encompass spectrums of sexuality and gender.
In the United States, it was decided under the Affordable Care Act that health insurance exchanges would have the ability to collect demographic information on gender identity and sexual identity through optional questions, to help policymakers better recognize the needs of the LGBT community.

Discrimination against asexual people

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However, adding the term "allies" to the initialism has sparked controversy, with some seeing the inclusion of "ally" in place of "asexual" as a form of asexual erasure.
In 2011, LGBT activist Dan Savage stated that asexuality is a choice, described it as "choosing not to have sex", and deemed it unworthy of attention, and Ruth Westheimer, a sex therapist, was criticised for her view that the ability to have orgasms means that one cannot be asexual.

Peter Tatchell

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In contrasts to separatists, Peter Tatchell of the LGBT human rights group OutRage! argues that to separate the transgender movement from the LGB would be "political madness", stating that:
In the 1990s he campaigned for LGBT rights through the direct action group OutRage!, which he co-founded.

Non-heterosexual

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It may be used to refer to anyone who is non-heterosexual or non-cisgender, instead of exclusively to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
The use of the term 'non-heterosexual' to refer to LGBTQ people as a blanket term could perpetuate heterosexuality as the norm.

Gay pride

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Some do not subscribe to or approve of the political and social solidarity, and visibility and human rights campaigning that normally goes with it including gay pride marches and events.
Gay pride or LGBT pride is the promotion of the self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people as a social group.

LGBT stereotypes

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In the 1996 book Anti-Gay, a collection of essays edited by Mark Simpson, the concept of a 'one-size-fits-all' identity based on LGBT stereotypes is criticized for suppressing the individuality of LGBT people.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) stereotypes are conventional, formulaic generalizations, opinions, or images based on the sexual orientations or gender identities of LGBT people.

Biphobia

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In some cases separatists will deny the existence or right to equality of bisexual orientations and of transsexuality, sometimes leading public biphobia and transphobia.
Along with transphobia and homophobia, it is one of a family of terms used to describe intolerance and discrimination against LGBT people.

Lesbian feminism

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As equality was a priority for lesbian feminists, disparity of roles between men and women or butch and femme were viewed as patriarchal.
These views on transsexuality have been criticized by many in the LGBT and feminist communities as transphobic and constituting hate speech against transsexual men and women.