LGBT, Q, I, X, A, +? ?????

Okay, I’m really confused… what’s the proper acronym these days? I know the basics is LGBT, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, but then? And am I getting these right: Q for queer, I for intersex(ual?), X for ???, A for Asexual or Allies, depending on the person you ask being aware of the existence of asexuality? And the + is basically to cover your ass if you’re not sure?


Posted on July 15, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I don’t think there’s a lot of consensus on this. Some people use LGBT+, or LGBTQ (under the theory that queer is an umbrella term that covers everyone in the +), or LGBTQ+. Other people use QUILTBAG, (QU for queer and questioning/uncertain, I for intersex, A for asexual/aromantic/agender) which gets points for cuteness, and is at least somewhat better than the older ones. You’ll also sometimes see LGBTQIAA which is approximately as inclusive without the cute factor.

    I’d say use whatever you think most accurately encompasses the actual group of people you want to talk about, and you can clarify precisely what you mean in a footnote or whatever even!


    • Thanks for the feedback, Kasey. Yeah, I’ve seen different acronyms around, so I figured I’d put the question out there 🙂 QUILTBAG sounds kinda cool! Although like a secret society, as well :D:D

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