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LGBT or GLBT is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. In use since the 1990s, the term is an adaptation of the initialism LGB, which was used to replace the term gay in reference to the LGBT community beginning in the mid-to-late 1980s.<ref>Acronyms, Initialisms & Abbreviations Dictionary, Volume 1, Part 1. Gale Research Co., 1985, ISBN 978-0-8103-0683-7. Factsheet five, Issues 32–36, Mike Gunderloy, 1989</ref> Activists believed that the term gay community did not accurately represent all those to whom it referred.<ref name="Gay Pride Nee"/> The initialism has become mainstream as a self-designation; it has been adopted by the majority of sexuality and gender identity-based community centers and media in the United States, as well as some other English-speaking countries.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The term is used also in some other countries, particularly those which languages use the initialism, such as Argentina, France and Turkey.

The initialism LGBT is intended to emphasize a diversity of sexuality and gender identity-based cultures. It may be used to refer to anyone who is non-heterosexual or non-cisgender, instead of exclusively to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.<ref name="Gay Pride Nee"/><ref name="The Handbook of Lesb"/> To recognize this inclusion, a popular variant adds the letter Q for those who identify as queer or are questioning their sexual identity; LGBTQ has been recorded since 1996.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> Some intersex people who want to be included in LGBT groups suggest an extended initialism LGBTI.<ref>William L. Maurice, Marjorie A. Bowman, Sexual medicine in primary care, Mosby Year Book, 1999, ISBN 978-0-8151-2797-0</ref><ref name="Challenging Lesbian Nor"/> This initialism is used in all parts of "The Activist's Guide" of the Yogyakarta Principles in Action.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Some people combine the two acronyms and use the term LGBTIQ.

Whether or not LGBT people openly identify themselves may depend on whether they live in a discriminatory environment, as well as on the status of LGBT rights where they live.<ref name=betterhealth1>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>


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