What In The World Does L.G.B.T.Q.I.A Stand For?

What In The World Does L.G.B.T.Q.I.A Stand For?

Most people have heard the synonyms “L.G.B.T.Q.I.A”, but many people don’t know what they stand for. So, exactly what do the acronyms L.G.B.T.Q.I.Q stand for? It stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questionable, intersexual, and asexual. Find below the history of the L.G.B.T.Q.I.A synonyms and where they derive from.


Did you know the word Lesbian derives from Lesbos island of Greek? The story is about a Greek poetess named Sappho who was born and raised on Lesbos island often wrote poems about having romantic and sexual relationships with other women on Lesbos island. So they named the word Lesbian in memory of Sappho.


The word Gay has some history to it. First, they defined the word Gay as being happy around the 12th century. It then changed around the 19th century to later became known as a homosexual man.


Sigmund Freud coined the word bi-sexual. He did research on homosexuality and came to the theory with his research that most humans were bisexual. A bisexual is someone who’s sexually attracted to both sexes and not restricted to having a relationship with the opposite sex only.

Transgender/ Transsexual

Transgender was just recently coined in the 1970s. A transsexual and transgender can sometimes get mixed up as being the same thing, but the definition of a transexual differs completely. Transgenders are individuals who may feel differently than their actual gender but do not receive a medical procedure to become the opposite sex fully. They may dress and act like the opposite sex but remain their birth gender. A transsexual is someone who has felt emotionally and physically like the other sex and has undergone medical procedures to become the opposite gender.

Questionable or Queer

The Q in L.G.B.T.Q.I.A. represents questioning or queer. An individual who’s unsure or not confident of their gender, their sexual orientation or how to identify sexually would fall under the questioning category. The term Queer is broadly used to categorize people who do not see themselves as their sex assigned at birth and are is not attracted to the opposite sex.


A person who has ambiguous sexual parts that can not be defined to only one sexual orientation is usually considered intersexual. An intersexual person has different parts that can neither be classified as male or female, therefore they are labeled as intersexual.

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