LGBT? LGBTQ? Queer? QUILTBAG? GSM? GSRM?
What’s the best word or acronym to describe this diverse community? Is there a perfect balance between length and inclusivity?
LGBT - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender
This is by far the most common acronym used today to describe non-heterosexual/cisgender people. Unfortunately, it leaves out many identities that are an essential part of this community - people who identify as asexual, intersex (and not transgender), or don’t want to be defined by binary orientation.
LGBTQ - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer
This acronym improves slightly on LGBT by adding the ‘queer’ label for people who identify as such, but it still leaves out many identities that are not always encompassed by ‘queer’.
This word started off as anti-gay slur in the early 1900s, but started being reclaimed by non-heterosexual/cisgender people in the ’80s - a process which continues through today. The main issue with this word is the baggage it carries and the fact that it is still used pejoratively by many people.
QUILTBAG - Queer/Questioning, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Transgender/Transsexual, Bisexual, Ally/Asexual, Gay/Genderqueer
This is the famed ‘alphabet soup’ acronym. Instead of using broad language (ie GSM/GSRM), QUILTBAG explicitly includes all of the most common identities.
GSM - Gender or Sexual Minority
GSM tries to correct for the exclusion found in the LGBT/LGBTQ/QUILTBAG acronyms by encompassing everyone who identifies as non-heterosexual/cisgender, though asexual identities (romantic/non-sexual orientation) are still not accounted for.
GSRM - Gender, Sexual, and Romantic Minority
Again correcting for the exclusions of GSM, GSRM explicitly includes romantic identity as well.
What is your preferred acronym for non-heterosexual/cisgender - identified people?