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What does LGBTQ stand for?


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You may have heard the term LGBTQ, but may not know what it means. LGBTQ is an acronym which is formed by the first letter of each word, so to pronounce this word you literally say each letter: L-G-B-T-Q.

The creation of this word was to include various people it represents within the community. 

Here's what it stands for:


Lesbian — women who fall in love with other women


Gay — men who fall in love with other men, but also women who fall in love with other women 


Bisexual — people who fall in love with men and women 


Transgender — people who do not identify as the biological sex they were born with


Queer — a positive term for all of the above


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