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LGBTQIAPK is one of several acronyms intended to represent all current varieties of sexual and gender identification. This acronym stands for: Lesbian, Gay (or Genderqueer), Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (or Questioning), Intersex, Asexual (or Aromantic or Ally), Polyamorous (or pansexual) and Kink.[1] There exist some minor disagreements over what each letter means, while others just add in multiples of each letter to include them all. Because there are many gender and sexual identities, preferences, and physical (both biological and not)conditions and experiences, this term is always changing and being updated. The most commonly used acronym to refer to the overall gay (or queer, as some people prefer to be referred to as) community is the shorthand LGBTQ (+ IA) with the understanding that this is an inclusive acronym. Some people choose to use the first letter from all common sexual and gender identities, so the acronym can be: LGGBTQQIAAAPPK.[2]
Some also say that even this is not a suitably detailed list, because other terms such as Agender, Bigender, gender non-binary, Trigender, Pangender, Polygender, Gender Apathetic, Demigender are not included.[2] To be more all-inclusive and avoid causing someone unnecessary trauma or unintended offense, recognizing the hardships, discrimination, and above all the humanity of all regardless of personal sexual or gender identity, sometimes a plus sign is added on the end of whatever acronym is used, to represent those not listed. The individual term definitions fro the acronym LGBTQIAPK are: Lesbian: someone who identifies as female attracted to another person of a female identity; sometimes this is referred to specifically cis (people whose gender identity aligns with their birth biological sex) women attracted to other cis women, but can also be any female-identifying person who is attracted to any other female-identifying persons Gay: male-identifying person sexually attracted to other males (again, same as above, can refer to both gender and sex); also used as an all-encompassing term for homosexual persons, or the community in general Bisexual: Someone who is attracted to those of the opposite, as well as the same gender Transgender: a person whose gender identity is not always, only partially, or at all the same as their biological sex assigned at birth. New scientific studies in the area of neuroscience, psychology, and sociology are gathering evidence for a biological cause for gender dysphoria (the feeling or distress of having one's identity and brain not the same as perceived sexual organs). New studies could support that persons who identify as transgender have brain alignment and more hormones of the gender they identify as, as opposed to the gender they were assigned (see science articles in the reference list below). Some trans people choose to take hormone replacements. to dress/present themselves as the opposite gender, or have sex-alignment surgery, while others do not. When unsure of someone's gender or their pronouns, it's best to ask. Queer: a term used often by those who prefer not to box-in their sexual, gender, or romantic identity or attractions, or who are fluid in their gender identity or sexual or romantic preferences. Can also be used as an all-encompassing term for the community- commonly referred to as the Queer community. Until recently, this term has been used as a derogatory term, similarly to fagot (still considered highly offensive and inappropriate) by these who wished to dehumanize non-heterosexual or no-cisgender people. Questioning: what the Q is sometimes referred to as standing for, though less commonly used. It refers to the fact that people are not always sure of their sexual or romantic attractions, or their gender. Intersex: a biological atypicality in the chromosomes of a baby, whereas a conceived baby will have xx chromosomes, xy chromosomes, or both. Sometimes this can result in genital abnormalities or underdevelopment, height, abnormal hair growth, or hormonal imbalances, or infertility. Others may go through their entire lives not knowing if they have no physical characteristics. This is not a gender or sexual identity, but rather a strictly biological sex atypicality. Intersect people may be cisgender (identifying as the gender they were assigned), transgender, agender, gender-queer etc. Sometimes surgery might be a necessity or hormonal replacement. Asexual: a person who has little, or no interest in sex, or simply doesn't view it as an important part of their life or relationships. Some still have sex, others choose not to, while still others receive please from sex only under certain conditions. Asexual people can still experience romance, emotional attraction, date, and experience physical attraction to someone. Aromantic: someone who has little, or no interest in romance, or simply doesn't view it as an important part of their life or relationships. Aromantic people might still date, have sex, or experience an emotional or physical attraction. Ally: all those who support the Queer community and LGBRQIA+ rights, realize the importance of equality and equal opportunities and help defend human and legal rights for the Queer community and its persons. Pansexual: Someone who is attracted to people of various gender identities, or for whom gender identity is not important in/for sexual attraction Kink: someone who enjoys taking part in "kinky" sexual behaviors (BDSM, bondage, domination, cosplay, foreplay, dress-up, etc), especially those for whom "kinky" behaviors are an important part of sexual relationships/ sex. Any type of "kinky sex should always receive consent from all parties involved (as with any sexual encounter), and safe words are often used to keep parties safe. Kinky sex is playful and should be done in a way so both parties have pleasure and feel safe.

It is recognized that these terms are not ones that many people might be familiar with, were educated about, or grew up using. Therefore, accidental misuse, misgendering, or unintended harmful rhetoric can sometimes happen by well-meaning people. Identities are complex and always-changing, mirroring the complexities and trials and tribulations of the universal human experience. It's important though, to try to show support and understanding and always be respectful. We are called to recognize each other's humanity and to see beyond superficial labels and social conventions. Of course, controversy remains, as many people have opposing views, religious beliefs, or lack of specific expertise, but educating oneself and bettering your humanity is an important part of being a responsible citizen.

The Canadian Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario hosted a "LGGBDTTTIQQAAPP inclusiveness training" on June 6, 2017. This was the first appearance of what was at the time, the longest version of such an acronym.[3] Facebook recognizes 58 genders as of last count.[4]

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