What does HBTQ stand for?

Homosexual, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer

HBTQ is an acronym used primarily in Sweden to represent “homosexual, bisexual, transgender, and queer.” While it is primarily used in Sweden, you might also see it on social media or in various online forums, particularly if you’re reading a post from a Swedish user.

In Swedish, HBTQ stands for “homosexuella, bisexuella, transpersoner och queerpersoner.” Despite the difference in languages, the Swedish and English acronyms convey the same groups of people, as the words for these categories are pretty similar in both languages.

The HBTQ acronym popped up after the English acronyms LGBT and GLBT, around the early 2000s. Like its English counterparts, HBTQ can also be expanded to include additional categories and letters, representing even more diverse identities and orientations.

Example for using ‘HBTQ’ in a conversation

Hey, have you heard of HBTQ?

Yeah, I think it stands for “homosexual, bisexual, transgender, and queer.” It’s like LGBTQ.

That’s right! HBTQ is actually used more in Sweden, but you can see it on social media sometimes.

Oh, got it! So, it’s like an abbreviation for different identities.