Most frequent questions and answers
L = Lesbian.
A lesbian is a term used to describe a woman who is emotionally, romantically, and/or sexually attracted to other women. It refers to a sexual orientation that is characterised by same-sex attraction. It can be an integral part of a person’s identity.
G = Gay.
Typically refers to individuals who are emotionally, romantically, and/or sexually attracted to people of the same sex. It is commonly used to describe men who are attracted to other men. But it can also be inclusive of women who are attracted to other women.
B = Bi.
Bisexual is a term used to describe individuals who are emotionally, romantically, and/or sexually attracted to both men and women. As an umbrella term, bisexuality falls under the broader category of “pansexuality” or “omnisexuality.” These terms encompass sexual orientations where individuals are attracted to multiple genders. This is regardless of whether they identify as male, female, or non-binary.
T = Trans.
Transgender is an umbrella term used to describe individuals whose gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth. Transgender individuals may identify as a gender different from the one typically associated with their assigned sex. They may also reject the concept of binary gender altogether.
Q = Queer or Questioning.
Queer is an inclusive and expansive label that can encompass a range of non-heterosexual orientations. It is an umbrella term that is often used by individuals who do not identify strictly as heterosexual. Also, some may reject traditional categories of sexual orientation.
Questioning refers to individuals who are uncertain or exploring their sexual orientation. It is a period of self-discovery and reflection. Individuals may question and examine their attractions, desires, and feelings towards others.
I = Intersex.
Intersex is a term used to describe individuals who are born with physical or biological characteristics that do not fit typical binary definitions of male or female. These variations can involve chromosomes, hormones, genitalia, or other physical traits related to sexual development.
A = Asexual
Asexual is a term used to describe individuals who experience little to no sexual attraction towards others. Asexuality is a sexual orientation characterised by a lack of sexual desire or interest in engaging in sexual activities with others. It is not a choice or a medical condition, but rather a natural and valid variation of human sexuality.
The “+” is a way to ensure that the community remains inclusive and recognises the ever-evolving understanding and exploration of identities. It can encompass identities such as questioning, intersex, non-binary, pansexual and asexual. It also includes others that may not be specifically mentioned within the initial acronym.
Pride Month in the United Kingdom is typically celebrated in June, coinciding with the global observance of Pride Month. During this time, various events and activities are organized across the country to promote LGBTQ+ rights, visibility, and inclusivity. It’s important to note that specific dates and events may vary each year, so it’s recommended to check local resources and organizations for the most up-to-date information regarding Pride Month celebrations in the UK.