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An acronym that stands for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and queer (although some people prefer to interpret the ‘q’ to mean ‘questioning’). The ‘+ represents the many identities that are not included in the main body of the acronym, such as asexual, intersex, aromatic etc.

The acronym is often used as an umbrella term to describe any and all gender and sexual identities that exist outside of “traditional” binaries; namely heterosexuality and cisgender identities. You may have seen the acronym spelled as LGBT or LGBTQIA+ and it’s typically understood to have the same sentiment. As a phrase, it’s particular use is down to personal preference and much like any example of language, it’s always evolving. 

It’s useful to know that some people use the term “the LGBTQ+ community” (we do, in fact, in this mini-series!). In this context, ‘community’ is being used as a collective term rather than in the sense that everyone within that group knows of or is aware of each other!

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