A local council in north east England has decided to stop using the LGBT acronym to refer to its community of sexual and gender diverse citizens. LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.
A special committee panel at the Middlesborough Council made the decision to stop using the acronym. The panel believed it may no longer be suitable to represent the community.
Instead, it will now use LGB&T to recognize the community and to differentiate between gender identity and sexual identity. The change will come into effect from today (3 December).
‘Middlesbrough are ahead of the curve in this respect,’ trans advocate Ellie Lowther told the BBC.
Lowther who set up the charity TransAware described it as a ‘massive stride forward’.
‘I think there’s a discussion to be had and I think it’s currently not being had,’ Lowther said.
The council committee also considered other acronym options.
‘The acronym initially utilised by the panel was LGBT, which is arguably the most generic and commonly used,’ it said in its report.
‘However, the Panel did recognise that other designations do exist including, for example: LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning and others);
and; LGBTQQIP2SAA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer, Intersex, Pansexual, Two-spirit (2S), Androgynous and Asexual.’