You’ve probably seen it everywhere but you might not know what LGBTQ actually means. LGBTQ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning. This can mean a lot of different things, depending on who you talk to, but in general: A girl attracted to other girls is a lesbian. A guy who likes other guys is gay. A bisexual is someone who finds themselves attracted to both people of their own gender and another gender. People who are transgender identify as a gender different from the one they were assigned at birth. Someone who is physically a girl may feel more like a boy. Some people may have surgeries so they can change their bodies to fit their gender identity. Queer is used as a term to encompass lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Finally, questioning is used for people who are unsure of their sexual orientation; they are still figuring it out, and that’s okay.

There are a lot of different identities and labels being used these days. To learn more, check out these resources:

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