LGBTQ+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer.
Most people use this term to describe the wider range of sexualities and gender identities other than heterosexuality or cisgender.
The community can be famous for its difficult times and coming out stories but has also seen progress in recent years that most people find unimaginable.
In the US, it’s estimated that around 3.8% of people identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, and the LGBTQ+ community is a prime example of society’s changing perspective on what is normal or acceptable.
Diversity has always been a part of this community with many different identities, including bisexuality and transgenderism.
In recent years we have seen more acceptance and representation for these groups as well as for other groups that stand out in society, like lesbians with children or gay men who are single parents to their kids.
Sexuality & Gender Identity
It’s not always easy to define gender and sexuality in simple terms, but here is a brief introduction:
- Lesbian – means women who are attracted to and have sex with other women.
- Gay – describes people whose primary sexual or romantic attraction is towards those of the same gender. ‘Gay’ is usually a term for men who have sex with men, although the term can be used to describe anyone who has sex with or is attracted to someone of the same sex.
- Bisexual – Bisexual people are attracted to people of the same sex and people who are of the opposite sex.
Most people consider consensual sex between two adults of the same gender to be gay sex, but not all do so, and some bisexuals consider themselves straight or even queer.
There’s also a lot of sexual fluidity within the LGBTQ+ community where maybe some people identify as straight, LGBTQ+ and/or fluid, depending on each individual situation in which they are in.
In recent years, companies like Wet For Her have started to make sex toys for couples and people within the LGBTQ+ community, especially for lesbian or queer couples or for people who have female anatomy.
Family Life for The LGBTQ+ Community
LGBTQ+ people are more than happy with their family lives and relationships. Whether it is single-parent families, gay dads, or lesbian moms, it all depends on each individual situation.
Recent years have seen many companies and support groups within the LGBTQ+ community making alternative products such as weddings and vow renewal ceremonies, as well as rainbow pride flags, LGBT materials, household items, or even stickers that represent who they are and who their family is.
Health & Wellness
LGBTQ+ people can be more affected by things like bullying, rejection, and violence than those who identify outside of these categories. This will affect them to a greater extent, and the long-term health effects can be extreme.
Adults who identify as LGBTQ+ have a higher risk for depression as opposed to their cis or straight counterparts, but it has recently been reported that there is a downward trend in self-harming among trans and gender-nonconforming teens.
LGBTQ+ teens have twice the rate of suicide attempts as their cis or straight peers.
Pride Month and Pride Celebrations
LGBTQ+ communities have more opportunities to celebrate pride events and celebrations.
There are many different ways that companies can support the LGBTQ+ community by focusing on diversity representation in their products, supporting individual groups like transgender people and gender non-conforming under-represented groups, as well as celebrating queer culture during Pride Month or other events.
Improved LGBTQ+ Rights
LGBTQ+ rights are still being brought to light in many countries around the world, so it would be nice if companies continue to support these communities even if it’s not a direct sales opportunity.
A lot more can be done when it comes to equality and acceptance within the LGBTQ+ community and other minorities, as well as discrimination and violence based on race, religion, gender, disability, gender expression, or sexual orientation/identity.