LGBT (or GLBT) is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. In use since the 1990s, the term is an adaptation of the initialism LGB, which was used to replace the term gay in reference to the LGBT community beginning in the mid-to-late 1980s. Activists believed that the term gay community did not accurately represent all those to whom it referred.
The initialism, as well as some of its common variants, have been adopted into the mainstream as an umbrella term for use when labeling topics pertaining to sexuality and gender identity.
The initialism LGBT is intended to emphasize a diversity of sexuality and gender identity-based cultures. It may refer to anyone who is non-heterosexual or non-cisgender, instead of exclusively to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. To recognize this inclusion, a popular variant adds the letter Q for those who identify as queer or are questioning their sexual identity; LGBTQ has been recorded since 1996. Those who add intersex people to LGBT groups or organizing may use the extended initialism LGBTI. These two initialism are sometimes combined to form the terms LGBTIQ or LGBT+ to encompass spectrums of sexuality and gender. Other, less common variants also exist, with some being an extreme in length; this can result in an initialism over twice as long, which has prompted some criticism.
Lesbian (lɛzbiːən) is a term most widely used in the English language to describe sexual and romantic desire between females. The word may be used as a noun, to refer to women who identify themselves or who are characterized by others as having the primary attribute of female homosexuality, or as an adjective, to describe characteristics of an object or activity related to female same-sex desire.
||I'm homosexual... How and why are idle questions. It's a little like wanting to know why my eyes are green.
2006 demonstration against the United States military's "don't ask, don't tell"
policy, in front of the Armed Forces Recruiting Center in New York City's Times Square.
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This month's birthdays
- 1 – Yves Saint Laurent (1936–2008), French fashion designer
- 2 – James Baldwin (1924–1987), American novelist
- 4 – Walter Pater (1839–1894), English essayist and art critic
- 4 – Marcus Urban (1971–), German footballer and diversity adviser
- 4 – Rudi van Dantzig (1933–2012), Dutch choreographer, ballet dancer, and writer
- 4 – Sapphire (1950–), American author & performance poet
- 5 – Heward Grafftey (1928–2010), Canadian politician and business executive
- 6 – Jim McGreevey (1957–), American seminarian & politician, former Governor of New Jersey (2002–2004)
- 6 – Carole Pope (1950–), Canadian rock singer-songwriter
- 6 – Andy Warhol (1928–1987), American painter, printmaker, and filmmaker
- 8 – Michael Urie (1980–), American actor, television producer, and director
- 9 – Michael Kors (1959–), American fashion designer
- 10 – Andrew Sullivan (1963–), English author and political commentator
- 11 – Angus Wilson (1913–1991), English novelist and short story writer
- 12 – Gladys Bentley (1907–1960), American blues singer
- 12 – Cara Delevingne (1992–), English model and actress
- 12 – Merikukka Forsius (1972–), Finnish politician
- 12 – Radclyffe Hall (1880–1943), English writer and poet
- 13 – Domenico Dolce (1958–), Italian fashion designer (Dolce & Gabbana)
- 13 – Gluck (1895–1978), English painter
- 13 – Herb Ritts (1952–2002), American fashion photographer
- 13 – Sam Champion (1961–), American TV personality and weather anchor
- 13 – Andrea Gibson (1975–), American spoken word poet
- 14 – Jill Bennett (1975–), American actress
- 14 – Horst P. Horst (1906–1999), German-American fashion photographer
- 14 – Mark Pocan (1964–), American Democratic congressman (Wisconsin)
- 18 – Marcel Carné (1906–1996), French film director
- 19 – Malcolm Forbes (1919–1990), American magazine publisher
- 19 – Renée Richards (1934–), American ophthalmologist, author and former professional tennis player
- 20 – Maria Louise Pool (1841–1898), American writer
- 21 – Luisa Isabel Álvarez de Toledo, 21st Duchess of Medina Sidonia (1936–2008), Spanish aristocrat
- 21 – Miguel Vale de Almeida (1960–), Portuguese anthropologist, LGBT activist, professor, and politician
- 24 – Stephen Fry (1957–), English actor, screenwriter, comedian, and television presenter
- 24 – Marsha P. Johnson (August 24, 1945 – July 6, 1992) Gay Liberation Activist
- 25 – Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845–1886), King of Bavaria
- 25 – Leonard Bernstein (1918–1990), American conductor, composer, music lecturer, and pianist
- 26 – Christopher Isherwood (1904–1986), English novelist
- 27 – Tom Ford (1961–), American fashion designer and film director
- 28 – Nancy Kulp (1921–1991), American actress
- 29 – Jean Lorrain (1855–1906), French poet, novelist, and dandy
- 29 – Meshell Ndegeocello (1968–), American singer-songwriter, rapper and musician
- 29 – Jeanette Winterson (1957–), English writer, broadcaster and activist
- 31 – Alex Blackwell (1983–), Australian cricketer
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