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LGBTQ Victims

August 31, 2009

What does LGBTQ mean?

LGBTQ is an abbreviation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or transsexual and queer or questioning. “Lesbian,” “gay,” and “bisexual” are terms used to identify people who experience sexual attraction to partners of the same gender, sometimes along with attraction to partners of the opposite gender. These terms describe sexual orientations or sexual identities. The “Q”, which stands for “queer” or “questioning” was once considered a derogatory term, but now is more commonly used in the community in a positive way to include the wide diversity of people whose sexual orientation and/or gender identities are other than the majority.

Transgender and transsexual people have gender identities that in some way do not fit into the sex they were assigned at birth.  For example, a transman could be a person who was born with female body parts and now identifies as male.  Trans people may also identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or may identify as heterosexual.  To learn more about the trans community visit the Gender Identify Project