Stonewall Community Foundation explains the meaning of each letter in the full acronym.
Stonewall Community Foundation began in 1990, committed to funding work at the intersection of LGBTQIA2S+ liberation and racial justice.
L STANDS FOR LESBIAN
Lesbian refers to same-gender attraction among those who identify as women.
G STANDS FOR GAY
Gay refers more broadly to any same-gender attraction and is most often attributed to same-gender attraction among those who identify as men.
B STANDS FOR BISEXUAL
Bisexual refers to individuals who experience attraction to both ends of the gender spectrum. Bisexuality can also refer to attraction to a wide range of gender expressions.
T STANDS FOR TRANSGENDER
Transgender refers to individuals whose gender identity and/or gender expression does not align with their birth-assigned sex. Gender is a spectrum and many trans and non-binary folks fall somewhere in between the ends of the spectrum. This is why it’s always important to ask for peoples’ pronouns.
Q STANDS FOR QUEER
Queer is an umbrella term representing the wide diversity of gender and sexuality within the broader LGBTQIA2S+ community.
Q STANDS FOR QUESTIONING
Questioning refers to individuals who are still working out their gender and sexual identities. For many of us, we continue to discover our identities throughout our entire lives.
I STANDS FOR INTERSEX
Intersex is a term used for a variety of situations in which a person is born with reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn't fit the standard boxes of “female” or “male.” Intersex people may present anywhere along the gender identity spectrum. Again, always ask for pronouns.
2S STANDS FOR TWO-SPIRIT
Two-spirit is a term used by many Indigenous peoples to describe themselves or other folks in their communities who fulfill a third-gender or gender-variant role in their traditional Native culture.
A STANDS FOR AROMANTIC
Aromantic refers to individuals who may experience sexual attraction, but don’t experience romantic attraction. Aromantic also exists on a spectrum.
A STANDS FOR ASEXUAL
Asexuality refers to a lack of sexual attraction to others. Asexuality (like all other identities) exists on a spectrum and those who identify as asexual may still experience romantic attraction.
+ STANDS FOR PLUS
The + leaves space for all other queer identities and experiences that we’ve yet to uncover or give a name to. Everyone is welcome under the queer umbrella.