LGBT is an abbreviation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender. It aims to make people understand their sexual orientation. Then another letter was added, the Q, which stands for queer. Thus is created the acronym LGBTQ. LGBT + can also be used to introduce more realities at the same time.
Nowadays, many people do not disclose that they are homosexual for fear of being discriminated against.
In the 1960s, there was still no term for non-heterosexuality. The first term for this was “homosexual”, which was replaced with “homophile” and later with “gay”.
As more women reported being lesbians, the terms “gay” and “lesbian” became more common. The latter, bisexuals and transgenders were full of anger towards gays because they had more rights.
In the 1970s and 1980s, gay and lesbian people became less kind to bisexuals and transgenders because they thought that transgender people created stereotypes and that bisexual people were only lesbians or gays who were afraid of coming out.
From the nineties until today, the acronym LGBT becomes widely used.
Pansexual, omnisexual, fluid, and queer people are considered bisexual; transsexuals and intersexuals are considered transgender.
Intersex people prefer to use the acronym LGBTI, while others use the acronym LGBT. In Australia, for example, the term LGBTI is much more used.
The acronym SGL, which means “same gender loving” is widely used among African American communities.
Everyone is free to love whoever they want.