The Q actually stands for questioning
Well shoot...that means it's two Qs that need to be added. So now it's LGBTQQ. Queers won't stand to NOT have their own letter.
I think it might be time we had a breakdown for the uninitiated, albeit slightly out of sequence:L
= Lesbian. Girls who like girls.G
= Gay. Guys who like guys.B
= Bisexual. People of either gender who like people of both
With me so far? Now it starts to get a bit murky...T
= Transgender. People who were born in the body of the wrong sex. (Initially I objected to the inclusion of "T" into the "LGB" fold because the transgender people I knew personally were emphatically NOT GAY!
and would get highly offended if anyone suggested they were, but over the years I've since met people who were both transgender AND gay and have learned that the two states are unrelated and are neither mutually exclusive nor mutually inclusive, so... hey, whatever, join the party)I
= Intersex. A medical condition, or technically a number of them, wherein one's genitals are neither clearly male nor clearly female at birth. Unfortunately, a large percentage of intersex people were forced into the transgender camp by well-meaning but misguided doctors who took it upon themselves to surgically "assign" a gender to intersex babies at birth, the details of how you really don't want to know, only to find that the gender they were assigned was not the one they identified with as they grew up.A
= Asexual. People who don't want to have sex with anyone. That doesn't mean they don't want to have close, romantic relationships with other people, it just means that they have no desire whatsoever to "do the deed" in any fashion to consummate said relationships.Q
#1 = Queer. As I understand it, people who aren't fully "straight" but who don't fit neatly into any of the aforementioned groups, either.Q
#2 = Questioning. I'd assume those who think they might not be fully straight but aren't sure yet.