What does QPOC stand for?

Queer people of color

QPOC is an acronym widely used online, particularly in forums and on social media, by people of color who identify as queer. Queer, in this context, refers to individuals who are not heterosexual or cisgender. The term is a way for members of the LGBTQ community to express their unique identities.

The acronym came into use during the 2010s and can be used as both a noun and an adjective. For instance, a person might state on a platform like TikTok that they are a “proud QPOC”, or they may be seeking to connect with other QPOC individuals.

Although QPOC is usually employed to describe a group of people, it can also be used to refer to a single individual who is a queer person of color. An example of this might be, “She is the first QPOC I’ve ever met.”

Example for using ‘QPOC’ in a conversation

Hey, have you heard of QPOC?

Yeah, it stands for Queer People of Color. It’s used by people who identify as both queer and a person of color.

That makes sense. I saw someone on TikTok talking about being a proud QPOC.

That’s great! It’s a way for them to express their identity and find other QPOC friends.