L is for Lesbian: A woman attracted to other women. The word lesbian is derived from the Greek word lesbios, from Lesbos, the home of the Greek lyric poet Sappho, who expressed affection for women in her poetry.
G is for Gay: Slang for homosexual, when a person is sexually attracted to people of one’s own sex. Typically refers to men in its modern sense.
B is for Bisexual: A person who is sexually attracted to both men and women.
T is for Transsexual: A person who emotionally and psychologically feels they belong to the opposite sex.
T is for Transgender: A transgender person’s self-identity does not conform unambiguously to the conventional notions of male or female gender.
I is for Intersex: A general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t fit typical definitions of female or male.
Q is for Queer: Queer can be used as an umbrella term to refer to the entire community. First used in the early 20th century, queer was originally an offensive term used by heterosexuals. More recently, queer has rebounded as an in-group term used positively in place of homosexual or gay.
Q is for Questioning: Questioning refers to a person’s process of exploring and discovering their own sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
2S is for Two-spirited: A tradition in many aboriginal communities that considers sexual minorities to have both male and female spirits.
A is for Allies: People who do not identify as a sexual minority but who stand up for their rights. People who do identify as sexual minorities can also be considered allies, for example a lesbian who stands up for the rights of transgender people.

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