What does LGBTQIA+ mean and who is actually behind it?
The representation of people from the LGBTQIA+ community increases in society. That means you’ve probably heard of the abbreviation “LGBTQIA+” or just called “LGBT”. The acronym stands for the English terms Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/trans*, Queer, Inter* and Asexual. In German, the acronym stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, inter* and asexual people. The asterisks you sometimes see represent different endings that can come after the word – depending on how you identify yourself. The plus at the end of the acronym stands for all other sexualities and gender identities that didn’t fit in the acronym.
It’s all a bit abstract now. But behind the letters are the most diverse people, all of whom have a different story. To give you a better idea of what it’s all about, let’s introduce themselves to people who want to tell you more about their identities.
What does LGBTQIA+ mean? The rainbow introduces itself
I asked around my queer friends, asked different networks and associations that deal with queer issues (Bundesverband Trans*, dgti ev and Julez) and found people who would like to tell more about their identity.
Lesbian/Lesbian – Melanie
Lesbian people fall under the term homosexuality. These are women* who find other women* romantically and/or sexually attractive. The asterisk in women* stands for all people who prefer a different term.
When my sexuality comes up, I often hear, “You, lesbian? I would not have thought that!”
But what does my counterpart want to say to me, is that good or bad? First and foremost, I wish it wasn’t an issue at all, but it still is – yes, even here in Germany. Of course, it can always be worse, but it can also be better.