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What does LGBTQ+ stand for and why has it changed over the years?

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confused by the array of different terms, or aren’t sure how to identify someone you know.Rather than worrying about it, however, we’ve got a handy guide for you.Here’s what each letter of the LGBTQ+ initialism stands for, as the UK marks 50 years of Pride.L – This letter stands for lesbian, which refers to women who are attracted to women.

Lesbian can sometimes be written as wlw, which means women who love women or woman-loving-woman.G – The G refers to gay, which can either mean men attracted to men, or refer to anyone who identifies as a homosexual.

Much like the example above, you could also say mlm.B – B is for bisexual. The Bisexual Index defines bisexuals as ‘someone who is attracted to more than one gender’.TTransgender – or trans – is a term people use to describe themselves if their gender if different to the one they were assigned at birth.Q – Although queer was previously used as a pejorative term, many people who are LGBT+ have reclaimed it.

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