LGBT

What does LGBT stand for?

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender

The acronym LGBT stands for "lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender." In the 1990s, LGBT became a popular way to refer to the non-heterosexual community, as well as those whose gender identity does not correspond with their assigned birth sex.

Each of the acronym's categories breaks down as follows:

  • Lesbian: A homosexual woman
  • Gay: Any homosexual person
  • Bisexual: Someone attracted to both males and females (as well as those presenting as male or female)
  • Transgender: Someone whose gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth

However, LGBT can also be used to refer to non-heteronormative people that do not fall into the L, G, B, or T categories. To be more inclusive of other non-heteronormative groups, LGBT has morphed into LGBTQ and other longer acronyms that explicitly include additional communities.

Example

"Have u checked out the new LGBT club downtown?"
A Twitter user discussing LGBT representation in cartoons

A Twitter user discussing LGBT representation in cartoons

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Last Updated: August 4, 2021

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