The term LGBTIA refers to people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (or those who question their gender identity or sexual orientation), intersex, and asexual.
Alternatively, LGBTIQA can be used. Sometimes terms like LGBTQIA are used to mean that the A represents the Allies–cisgender and heterosexual individuals who support and stand alongside those represented by the other letters.
for example, An event may be labeled in such a way as to welcome such allies. While terms like LGBTQIA exist as labels for communities of people who have faced discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender, many do not consider allies to be a part of it.
Many longer variations of LGBTQIA include letters to represent different identities, including pansexuals, transsexuals, intergender, aromantics, nonbinary, and two-spirits. More limited terms include LGBT and LGBTQ. It is sometimes necessary to add a plus sign after the letters to represent any relevant group not represented by a letter. There is no consensus about which term is best, and other terms are commonly used or have been proposed.
All of these terms are most commonly used as adjectives, such as in LGBTQIA rights or the LGBTQIA community.
Rarely, these terms can be used as a noun to refer to someone who belongs to the community. Whenever this is used, it’s typically used in the plural, as in This anti-discrimination law is a victory for all LGBTQIAs.
LGBT Colors and meaning
Each color of the pride flag has a different meaning, and each color represents an important value to the LGBTQIA + community. Let’s take a look at what each of the colors of the rainbow represents.
The red color of the flag represents life. This makes sense when you consider how red blood is and how often blood is seen as the lifeblood of the body. Red also symbolizes passion in many cultures. And passion is ideally the source of life.
Orange symbolizes healing. Orange is considered fun and festive. Both fun and celebration are healing actions.
If you guessed that yellow represents sunlight, you would be right. The yellow color acts as a radiant and vibrant center of the flag. It is believed that yellow stimulates new ideas and thoughts.
There is a lot of green in nature, and that is what it should convey on the original flag of pride. Nature is a healing place, and green is associated with prosperity and growth.
The blue of the original pride flag signified serenity. Little is more important than being able to feel calm and serene. Blue is known as a relaxing color that soothes the soul. Blue is often used for consumer products at night to indicate bedtime and rest.
The last color, purple, represents spirit. Purple is often considered a royal, royal color that is proud of itself. Like blue, purple is considered a calming color, but it is not only associated with tranquility but also connects us to the spiritual realm.
LGBT History Month is an annual celebration of the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, and the history of gay rights and related civil rights movements. It was founded in 1994 by Rodney Wilson, a high school history teacher in Missouri. LGBT History Month provides role models, community building, and represents a civil rights statement about the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community. Beginning in 2020, LGBT History Month is a month-long celebration specific to Hungary, the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Greenland, and the city of Berlin.
In the United States, Canada and Australia, it is celebrated in October to mark National Coming Out Day on October 11 and to commemorate the first and second march in Washington in 1979 and 1987 for LGBT rights. In Hungary and the United Kingdom, it is observed in February; in the UK, this coincides with a major celebration of the abolition of Section 28 in 2003. In Berlin, it is known as Queer History Month and is celebrated in May.