LGBTQ is an acronym.

It is meant to encompass a whole bunch of diverse sexualities and genders. People often refer to the Q (Queer) as an umbrella term, under which a lot of other identities live. This is helpful because lesbian, gay and bisexual are not the only marginalized sexualities and transgender is not the only gender identity. 

Pride of Indy Bands, Inc. serves as a musical and educational resource to the Central Indiana community.

 

We are comprised of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, & LGBT-friendly musicians, and we conduct our activities in a supportive, accepting, and affirming atmosphere.

In support of our affirming atmosphere, this page is provided as an educational resource about our community.

What do the letters stand for?

Lesbian

Women who are attracted to women.  

Can be psychological, emotional, physical or sexual attraction.  

Some famous lesbians:

Ellen Degeneres, Jane Lynch, Portia de Rossi, Rosie O'Donnell, Melissa Ethridge, Rachel Maddow, Wanda Sykes, Jodie Foster

Gay

Men who are attracted to men.  Can be psychological, emotional, physical or sexual attraction.  

 

Gay is sometimes used to include both men and women, but it is most often used to refer to men.  

Some famous gay men:

Neil Patrick Harris, Lance Bass, Adam Lambert, Elton John, Jim Parsons, Ian McKellan, Matthew Bomer

Bisexual 

Someone who is attracted to both women and men identified people.   Can be psychological, emotional, physical or sexual attraction.  

Some famous bisexuals:

Angelina Jolie, James Dean, Lady Gaga, Freddy Mercury, Margaret Cho, Drew Barrymore

Transgender

Those who don't identify as cis-gender.  An umbrella term for those whose gender identity and/or expression does not conform to the characteristics traditionally associated with their bio sex.

 

There are many things you should know about trans people. To find out more, please click HERE.

Some famous trans people:

Laverne Cox, Chaz Bono, Caitlyn Jenner, Alexis Arquette

Additional Terms:

Asexual: A person who experiences little to no sexual attraction to any gender.  A sexual orientation that lacks sexual attraction.  Unlike celibacy, which is a choice, asexuality is a sexual orientation.  Does no mean they don't have romantic feelings towards other people.  

Some famous asexuals: Janeane Garofalo, Paula Poundstone, Caitlyn Jenner, Edward Gorey

Pansexual: A person who feels physical, sexual, romantic or spiritual attraction for members of all gender identities and expressions.  Different from bisexual which is attracted to TWO sexes or genders.  

Some famous pansexuals: Miley Cyrus, Laci Green, Jazz Jennings

Two Spirit: A modern umbrella term used by some indigenous North Americans to describe certain spiritual people - gay, lesbian, bisexual and gender-variant individuals - in their communities.

Gender Queer: A person who does not subscribe to conventional gender distinctions but identifies with neither, both, or a combination of male and female genders. May take on traits that are typically associated with both genders.  

New terms are arising often because of changes in social norms.  

Never assume someone is a certain gender, sex, identity or orientation based on their looks.

If you don't feel comfortable asking, it's probably none of your business.

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