It's always best to ask... own style guide suggests: “For the time being, we should use LGBT+ when describing the community for which we write. Past readers’ surveys have shown that British audiences tend to find the term “queer” offensive – we will keep an eye on what the public feels about applying terms to the overall community and update”.

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Equally gay and bisexual people surveyed disapproved of the MSM terminology. MSM stands for “Men Who Have Sex With Men”. The term’s use has become more and more prevalent by health organisations, pharmaceutical companies, educational establishments and other specialists when talking about the health or sexual issues that concern gay and bisexual men.

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