QUILTBAG

What does QUILTBAG stand for?

Queer, Questioning, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Trans, Two-Spirit, Bisexual, Asexual, Allied, Gay, and/or Gender Queer

QUILTBAG stands for Queer, Questioning, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Trans, Two-Spirit, Bisexual, Asexual, Allied, Gay, and/or Gender Queer. It was created by the community in 2010 as an alternative to the acronyms LGBT and LGBTQ, aiming to be more comprehensive and easier to say. You’ll typically find it used on social media platforms, particularly during Pride month in June, or within online forums focused on gender identity.

The acronym gained some traction in 2011, but it never quite surpassed the popularity of LGBTQ. Each letter in QUILTBAG represents a different identity or orientation, providing an inclusive way to represent the diverse community.

The first two letters, Q and U, stand for Queer and Questioning respectively. Queer refers to anyone who identifies as transgender or does not identify as heterosexual, while Questioning is for those who are still exploring their own identity.

The U can also stand for Undecided/Unidentified, representing people who haven’t yet determined their identity. The I is for Intersex, a term for those born with variations in sex characteristics that don’t fit typical male or female categories.

Lesbian, meaning a homosexual female, is represented by the L, while the T stands for both Transgender and Transsexual. These terms describe individuals whose gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth, with Transsexual specifically referring to those who have made a permanent transition.

Two-Spirit, symbolized by the second T in the acronym, refers to individuals who identify as having both masculine and feminine spirits. The B stands for Bisexual, or those attracted to both males and females, while the A represents Asexual individuals, who have minimal or no sexual or romantic

Example for using ‘QUILTBAG’ in a conversation

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