Question: What Does The L In LGBT Stand For?

What does the L in LGBT stand for?

The L in LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) or sometimes referred as GLBT, stands for Lesbian. Lesbian is a description for a woman who is sexually and romantically attracted to other females. The term lesbian can be used to also express sexual identity.

Some women prefer the term “gay woman” to lesbian.

The term lesbian is said to have originated from the Greek Island Lesbos, which was home to a 6th-century poet Sappho, who was known for poetry which described relationships between women, their beauty and her love for girls.

By 1890 the word Lesbian was used in medical papers as an adjective. It was used to describe tribadism, commonly known as “scissoring” – a form of non-penetrative sex.

By 1925 the term Lesbian was used as a noun to refer to a woman who had same-sex attraction and the female version of a male homosexual referred to as a “sodomite”.

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