What Is… LGBTQ+?

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Many people have perceived that LGBT community is a community for people who has different sexual orientation from a heterosexual person. Be it be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. However, what if someone who doesn’t know their sexual orientation from the beginning? Would a guy consider himself being gay because he’s not attracted to women nor men? What if a girl behaves like a tomboy and she’s classified as a lesbian? There are many questions remained of an individual preference regarding about their sexuality. In 1996, LGBTQ was recorded as Q being the “Queer”. However, it was never stated until 2017 as people perceive LGBT people only fall into these 4 categories. LGBTQ is then transitioned to LGBTQ+ as it encompasses a broad spectrum of gender and sexuality. Here are some terminology and some celebrity who is in LGBTQ+ community.

Lesbian

A female who is romantically and sexually attracted to another female.

Notable Celebrities:

  • Ellen Degeneres
  • Ellen Page
  • Jane Lynch
  • Cara Delevingne
  • Christina Arguilera

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Cara Delevingne

Gay

A male who is romantically and sexually attracted to another male.

Notable Celebrities:

  • Jim Parsons
  • Niel Patrick Harris
  • Ian McKellen
  • Zackary Quinto
  • Luke Evans

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Jim Parsons

Bisexual

A person who is romantically and sexually attracted to both male and female.

Notable Celebrities:

  • Angelina Jolie
  • Billie Joe Armstrong
  • Kesha
  • Megan Fox

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Angelina Jolie

Transgender

A person who is transitioning their gender identity different from the one they were assigned at birth or expected to exhibit in adulthood.

Notable Celebrities:

  • Laverne Cox
  • Caitlyn Jenner
  • Jamie Clayton
  • Erika Ervin
  • Chaz Bono

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Laverne Cox

Queer

A person who has not known about their sexual orientation. Many people have fallen into this category as it is left being vague as the person doesn’t know about their sexuality.

Notable Celebrities:

  • Miley Cyrus
  • Kirsten Steward
  • Halsey
  • James Franco
  • Ezra Miller

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Kristen Stewart

Apart from being LGBTQ, there are many other more terminologies to look at (hence the “+” sign), here are some terms to describe a person.

Asexual

A person who doesn’t experience in any sexual attraction towards other people.

Pansexual

Not to be confused with bisexual, pansexual is a person who can be romantically and sexually attracted in all spectrum. Not only attracted to men and women but also attracted with transgendered and gender fluid people.

There is a broad range of terminologies in LGBTQ+ community. People should not be confused with other people who has different sexual orientation as many questions have yet to be answered.

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