LGBTIQ-Living Conditions 2020

About "LGBTIQ"

LGBTIQ is a collective term for various groups based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and variation in bodily gender development. The LGBTIQ term is developing.

May-Britt Sande, UiB

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About "LGBTIQ"

Most people are familiar with the original abbreviation LGB which stands for lesbian, gay, and bisexual. It has also become more common to include "T" for transgender people. This way of categorizing queer people as either lesbian, gay, bisexual, or trans has its limitations, and is increasingly considered inadequate both among queers themselves and in a scientific context. Part of the problem is that these categories do not represent the diversity of sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions and bodily gender developments, and thus exclude individual nuances that can be experienced as essential for the individual's identity. The categories can thus discipline us into certain ways of living and thinking that are experienced as unnatural and limiting. It has therefore become more usual to extend this abbreviation to also include the terms "I" for intersex and "Q" for queer.

In Norway, intersex is not in common use, but internationally the “I” refers to variation in bodily gender development.