By Katie Molk ENG W-364
LGBTQIAA can be a mouthful, but this initialism has been working its
way into the English vocabulary since the 1980s. Originally containing
only three letters, LGB, it now includes numerous letters in
different ways including LGBT, GLBT, LGBTQ, and LGBTQIAA.
Any way you put it, the purpose of the letters is to provide inclusion.
According to Angelica Wiseman, a Gay Straight Alliance officer on campus,
the initialism is always changing in reaction to the “increased awareness”
about people and their identities. It’s important for there to be terms
groups of people can identify with, but how much does the general public
really know about the meaning of LGBTQIAA? The following is a guide to
understanding each term, its origin, and its cultural significance.
LGBTQIAA: DECIPHERING ALPHABET SOUP