LGBT

What does LGBT stand for?

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender

LGBT is an acronym that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. This term came into wide use in the 1990s, providing a way to talk about people who are not heterosexual or who do not identify with the gender they were assigned at birth.

The four parts of the acronym have specific meanings: lesbian refers to a woman who is attracted to other women, gay refers to a man who is attracted to other men, bisexual refers to a person who is attracted to both men and women, and transgender refers to people whose gender identity does not match the gender they were assigned at birth.

Although the term LGBT specifically refers to these four groups, it can also be used in a broader sense to include anyone who doesn’t fit into traditional norms of gender or sexuality. This is why you might see longer versions of the acronym, like LGBTQ, which includes people who identify as queer or questioning.

Example for using ‘LGBT’ in a conversation

Hey, have you heard of the term LGBT?

Yeah, it stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.

That’s right! It’s a way to refer to the non-heterosexual community and those whose gender identity doesn’t match their assigned birth sex.

Exactly. It’s become a popular acronym to include different sexual orientations and gender identities.