What does LGBTQIA2S stand for?

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and Two-spirit

LGBTQIA2S+ stands for "lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning, intersex, asexual, two-spirit, and more." This acronym is supposed to serve as a catch-all descriptor of the non-heteronormative community.

What the letters in LGBTQIA2S+ stand for

The letters in LGBTQIA2S+ stand for:

  • Lesbian: A homosexual woman
  • Gay: Any homosexual person
  • Bisexual: Someone attracted to both males and females (as well as those presenting as male or female)
  • Transgender: Someone whose gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth
  • Queer: A catch-all descriptor that describes any non-hetero, non-cisgender person (a non-cisgender person is a person who does not identify with their birth sex)
  • Questioning: Someone who is unsure of their sexual preferences or gender identity
  • Intersex: Someone born with biological traits that are not strictly male or female
  • Asexual: A person who is not sexually attracted to others
  • Two-spirit:A person who identifies as having both a masculine and feminine spirit
  • +: Any non-heteronormative person the previous nine categories missed


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Updated May 10, 2022

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