“So what is it with this LBTG… uhm, I mean LGBT…is it an I…? or is it GLBTQ? Dammit, what is it?!”

It seems everyone has a different way of stringing together the letters that make up the LGBTQ+ acronym and it usually ends in a question mark, as no-one seems exactly sure which version we are using at the moment or what the acronym actually is or stands for.

For the record, the full thing is:

L G B T I P 2 S Q Q A P K A.

The what now? you ask.

Deep breath, here we go: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, intersex, pansexual, two-spirit, queer, questioning, asexual, polyamorous, kinky, and allies.

That’s more than a mouthful by anyone’s standards!

 

It literally includes everyone, doesn’t it? One could just as well say sexual and gender minorities, that would be easier, but for some reason, we are stuck of various versions of this whole long thing. The word queer is more often being used as an umbrella term, claiming back the word after it started being used pejoratively in the late 19th century. The word was claimed back in the early 1990s by activists, some from Queer Nation.

Since 2000 the word queer started being used in all sorts of contexts, such as queer theory and queer studies. These days we talk of the queer media too. Then we can chat about queer arts, queer cultural groups, and queer political groups. They are all examples of modern expressions of queer identities.

But getting back to all those letters. There are many ways to string them together. Some write it as LGBTQ+, a convenient shortened version. From there let’s take the Q and the +.

Why? you ask.

Okay, to answer your question let’s assume Queer to be more encompassing a term. Adding a Plus to it means it now includes all those other letters.

And that, in short, is what Q Plus is.

A place for everybody.

 

This article was first published on Q Plus.