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Introduction and Definitions

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual Plus - A common acronym but far from the only one to be used to refer to people whose experience of sex and gender do not conform to the heterosexual and cisgender norms of western culture. Other acronyms include LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender), GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender), LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer), LGBTTIQQ2SA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, Two Spirit, and Asexual), and QUILTBAG (queer and questioning, intersex, lesbian, transgender and two-spirit, bisexual, asexual and ally, and gay and genderqueer). There are many other acronyms that attempt to append other identities, but there are also acronyms that attempt to be inclusive without listing each identity individually, such as MOGAI (Marginalized Orientations, Gender Alignments and Intersex).

Queer Undefined and this glossary are both good resources for looking up identities and other terminology commonly used in discussing sexuality and gender.