Last month, the office of residential life at Wesleyan University made some internet waves after they attempted to create the ultimate campus space for sexually and gender dissident groups. The real headline however was their use of the term LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM, which left many people scratching their heads as to the meaning of each letter beyond the well known LGBT letters.
The term LGBT, originally pushed to popular use in the 1990s, has since grow to be as expansive as LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM as our understanding of sexual orientation and gender continue to expand.
But what does each letter stand for? Below is a visual guide (and PDF download for print) to help you to better understand and ultimately relate to those people in our community served by each letter.