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There are so many acronym variations of the individuals who belong in the rainbow. It can get quite confusing but a little education can go a long way if you’re part of the LGBT community or you’re an ally.

Perhaps, this may be the most inclusive acronym of all because it not only includes the people who fall under the spectrum, it also includes their allies. If you want to learn the LGBTTQQIAAP meaning and everything that encompasses it, keep reading.


It stands for:

  • Lesbian
  • Gay
  • Bisexual
  • Transgender
  • Transsexual
  • Queer
  • Questioning
  • Intersex
  • Asexual
  • Allies
  • and Pansexual accordingly

A lot of people simply call the gender and sexuality spectrum LGBT, LGBTQ, or LGBTQ+. Sometimes, it’s also referred to as LGBTQ2



There’s no written account of the real origin but it stemmed from the evolution of the acronym which started humbly as LGBT or GLBT. The term also faced a lot of controversies because of the inclusion of “allies” which defeats the purpose of properly identifying people who are part of the spectrum.


Moreover, it’s also criticized because of the confusion it provides due to the double letters and the placement of properly identifying:

  • transgender from transsexual
  • queer to questioning
  • and asexual to allies

Because of this, the term isn’t widely recognized as its shorter acronym counterparts.

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The spectrums of LGBTTQQIAAP

Kindly know that this guide was created to be informational. It was not made to create a division. This section will tell you the meaning of each letter from the controversial rainbow acronym that is the LGBTTQQIAAP.


Lesbian, a woman, be it cisgender or transgender, has  a mental and sexual attraction towards cisgender or transgender women. This attraction may lead to emotional, depending on the individual.

two lesbians

However, not all lesbian cisgender women are into transgender women. A lesbian woman who is attracted to  cisgender women exclusively, exists as well. Even though the rainbow aims for inclusivity, some people still prefer cisgender over transgender people.


Gay is an umbrella term that may refer to men or women. However, in the rainbow pride acronym, gay refers specifically to gay men. Gay men are exclusively attracted to cisgender or transgender men. The attraction may also lead to physical or emotional depending on the individual.

two gay persons

Not all gay men are into transgender men just like how not all lesbians are into transgender women and vice versa.


Bisexual people may be cisgender or transgender individuals who are exclusively attracted to women or men. They’re not attracted to other types of genders such as non-conforming ones and other spectrums.

However, the it’s still rare to see bisexual people dating trans individuals even if people assume that a pre-op or a non-op transgender individual is the ultimate fantasy of a bisexual person.

two bisexual persons

The attraction that bisexuals have for both genders may lead to physical and emotional with some, feeling stronger for one gender compared to the other.


Transgender is an umbrella term that describes a person who identifies with the gender opposite to their assigned gender at birth. They may be:

a transgender women
  1. Female-to-male (FTM) transgender people are called transgender men
  2. While male-to-female (MTF) transgender people are called transgender women

Their being transgender has nothing to do with who they’re attracted to and does not make them automatically heterosexual. There are lesbian transgender women and gay transgender men.

There are also bisexual and pansexual transgender individuals.


Although transsexuals share a lot of similarities with transgender people, most of them prefer being called transsexual to erase the ever-annoying questions that people mostly ask about their genitalia.

a transsexual women

They’re the second T in the new pride LGBT acronym but they share the same pride flags.

Identifying as a transsexual person means that you’ve already undergone SRS. They don’t want to be separated from the transgender spectrum by having their own letter in the acronym, they just want a stronger community to support each other. There are certain things that transgender people who’ve not undergone the SRS yet won’t be able to relate to.


Queers don’t have a certain set of which type of spectrum they’re attracted to. They’re not necessarily gay and lesbian.

a queer person

They choose to be called queer because they don’t want to be identified as heterosexual individuals.


The questioning spectrum pertains to people who are still unsure of their heterosexuality.

a questioning person

They’re still discovering who they truly are unlike with the queer who’s sure that he/she is not straight.


Intersexed people are a variety of individuals who were born with reproductive systems or sexual anatomy that don’t fit the typical definitions of female or male. Some of them get rid of one sexual characteristic to live as a cisgender or transgender person while some embrace their condition fully and identify as intersexed.

an intersex person

Their condition has nothing to do with their sexual preference or gender identity. Only they can define who they are and who they want to be.


Asexual people may be:

  • cisgender
  • transgender
  • or intersexed
an asexual person

What makes them different from the rest of the letters in the spectrum is that they’re not attracted to anybody in a sexual way.


They perfectly represent the term allies because they’re not in the LGBTQ+ spectrum at all. They’re cisgender heterosexual people who support the rainbow’s fights for equality, freedom, and respect.

two LGBTTQQIAAP allies

Although their intention is good, some people still find it controversial for them to be included in the rainbow when they have not experienced the same discrimination and abuse that most people in the spectrum go through on a daily basis.


Pansexual persons are either cisgender, transgender, or intersexed individuals who are attracted to anyone regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Some people think that they’re desperate or are just wild in bed which is actually not the case.

pansexual persons

Pansexual people are not only attracted to everyone sexually, but they’re also capable of getting in a romantic relationship with anyone. They can love everyone in the community without judgments and reservations.

Now that you know that LGBTTQQIAAP is not just a string of random letters, it’s time for you to share this article for awareness. Remember, whoever you are or whoever you may love, don’t be afraid because you’ll always have a place in the rainbow.

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Amanda Valentine Dela Cruz
Amanda Valentine is a transgender woman who has written about trans topics for over 10 years for My Transgender Date. She is an author who made it on Amazon’s best-seller list by writing 5 books on trans women’s relationships. Her book “Dating Transgender Women for Gentlemen” peaked at #3 in the Transgender Studies category on Amazon. She started writing at the age of 10 and won a poetry contest in 4th grade which convinced her to pursue a career in literature. Her personal experiences as a transgender woman give her a unique perspective on trans topics.

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    Hello I am a transwoman and been trying and trying to gea sister for pen pal i want to receive and send real letters to my sisters has everyone stopped writting letters i need letters please. Thank you janeen

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