In use since the s, the term is an adaptation of the initialism LGB , which began to replace the term gay in reference to the broader LGBT community beginning in the mid-to-late s. It may refer to anyone who is non-heterosexual or non- cisgender , instead of exclusively to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Longer acronyms, with some being over twice as long as LGBT , have prompted criticism for their length,    and the implication that the acronym refers to a single community is also controversial. The first widely used term, homosexual , now carries negative connotations in the United States. As lesbians forged more public identities, the phrase "gay and lesbian" became more common. Lesbian feminists eschewed gender role play that had been pervasive in bars as well as the perceived chauvinism of gay men ; many lesbian feminists refused to work with gay men, or take up their causes.
LGBT Youth Resources
Top 90 LGBT Blogs, Websites & Influencers in
When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriages, America generally, and the gay community specifically, celebrated. Same-sex marriages, and the gay and lesbian movement is more mainstream than ever. While the national discussion has been brought to the forefront, at the state level, conversations continue. Did you know that an estimated 0. That ranks as the number 10 most gay state in the nation.
Southern California’s first luxury LGBTQ retirement community is waiting in the wings
The LGBT communities are often faced with stigma and discrimination within mental health services. Their needs can be addressed by mental health services that challenge heteronormative assumptions and promote self-acceptance and equity. Practice needs to demonstrate self-awareness of personal and societal LGBT biases, prejudices, and stigma.
Find more information on us and our work in About The Center. Your contributions make our work possible! Thank you for being our partner in serving and supporting the LGBT community. Visit Support The Center. We are constantly inspired by the passion, creativity and pride of the LGBT community.