LGB are all acronyms referring to a person’s sexual orientation. Sexual orientation, as defined by TSER, refers to “a person’s physical, romantic, emotional, aesthetic, and/or other form of attraction to others.” Sexual orientation can be expressed in many ways. People who are LGB experience sexual attraction in away that deviates from purely heterosexual attraction, attraction which is felt towards someone of the opposite gender.


So what does LGB stand for?


L: lesbian or someone who identifies as a woman who is attracted to women


G: gay or someone who identifies as a man who is attracted to men; gay can also be a general label for someone who is attracted to someone of the same gender


B: bisexual or a person who is attracted to both genders


The “Q,” which stands for queer, is relatively new terminology due to its shaky history with the LGBT community. Although queer used to be a slur used to insult LGBT people, it has recently been reclaimed. Now, more often among younger people, queer has been reinterpreted to refer with any gender and sexual minority who is does not identify as heterosexual or cisgender.


Q” can also stand for questioning and refers to someone who is questioning their sexuality or gender identity. Someone who is questioning may experiment with their sexuality or gender presentation. This is completely natural, especially when growing up but even for adults. While some people know right away how they identify, other people who are new to the LGBTQ community and the many ways sexuality and gender can be expressed should feel comfortable figuring out how they identify. Experimentation is for your own sake and no one else's. No one should feel pressured or feel that they are obligated to fulfill any expectation of their sexuality or gender.


While LGB used to be used to encompass all those who identified as non-heterosexual, terminology has expanded to be inclusive of the different ways sexuality can be defined. To learn more about the different ways sexual orientation can be expressed, continue to explore this section.


Visit Trans Student Educational Resources for a list of terms pertaining to the LGBTQ community.

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