What does GLBT stand for?

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender

GLBT is an acronym that stands for "gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender." It is a variation of the more-commonly used LGBT acronym. These acronyms' popularity flipped in the 1980s and 90s, during the HIV/AIDS crisis.

Why did GLBT become LGBT?

According to a Medium article entitled "GLBT? LGBT? LGBTQIA+? What's in a Name?," the lesbian community mobilized to care for gay men and take on leadership roles in the gay community during the HIV/AIDS crisis. As a result of these women's efforts, "gay men themselves increasingly recognized the role lesbians had played in mitigating the crisis. By the late 1990s, 'gay community centers' across the country became 'lesbian and gay community centers,' and it became common to switch the 'G' and the 'L' in the standard acronym."

Is GLBT still used to refer to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people?

Yes, especially among people and organizations who have been part of the GLBT community for a long time. For example, the GLBT Historical Society continues to refer to itself as the GLBT Historical Society, while also using the LGBTQ acronym in many of its articles and webpages.


I consider myself an ally to the GLBT community

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Updated July 30, 2021

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