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QUILTBAG is an acronym. It stands for Queer/Questioning, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Transgender/Transsexual, Bisexual, Allied/Asexual, Gay/Genderqueer. It is meant to be a more inclusive term than GLBT/LGBT and to be more pronounceable (and memorable) than some of the other variations or extensions on the GLBT/LGBT abbreviation.
Source: queerdictionary.tumblr.com/post/3899608042/quiltbag


An acronym to be used instead of LGBTQQ2IA*

Q - Queer and Questioning

U - Unidentified or Undecided

I - Intersex or Intergender

L - Lesbian

T - Transgender, Transexual and Two Spirit

B - Bisexual

A - Ally and Asexual

G - Gay, Genderqueer

"Hey, are you one of the QUILTBAG folk, too?"

According to @feministbieber: I think “lesbians who look like justin bieber” would be more inclusive if it were called “QUILTBAG folks who identify as bieber-positive.”

"The lesbian community is just one of the many different pockets in the QUILTBAG!"
Source: www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=QUILTBAG


An initialism for "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual", used as a self-designation in United States gay rights activism since about 1990. Attested since 1988 (Research, policy and practice: Annual meeting, American Educational Research Association Verlag AERA, 1988).



1. Initialism of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual community.

Usage notes

Sometimes, additional letters are added, such as 'Q' for 'queer' or 'questioning', 'I' for 'intersex', and 'P' for 'pansexual', 'A' for 'allied' or 'asexual', etc.

Sometimes, the order of the letters are switched i.e., GLBT.

When speaking only of sexuality and not of gender, the abbreviation LGB or GLB may be used.

Some authors avoid the umbrella term 'LGBT' because "gender identity is clearly distinct from sexual identity", the 'T' community "is itself heterogeneous, comprising intersex individuals, androgynes, transvestites, and a whole range of others", and transgender and genderqueer people "experience trans-phobia within LGB services and communities".[1]

Coordinate terms



1.^ Katherine Cox, Sexual Orientation, in Death, Dying, and Social Differences (edited by David Oliviere, Barbara Monroe, Sheila Payne, published in 2011), page 197:
Trans communities
Although the umbrella term LGBT makes pragmatic sense, there are compelling arguments to treat transgendered people as distinct from LGB communities: gender identity is clearly distinct from sexual identity (Dean et al., 2000) and to conflate the two risks ignoring the particular experiences of this ["trans"] group which is itself heterogeneous, comprising intersex individuals, androgynes, transvestites, and a whole range of others. Transgendered people […] can experience trans-phobia within LGB services and communities[.]
Source: en.wiktionary.org/wiki/LGBT

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