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LGBT, or GLBT, is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. What started under the umbrella of Gay in the early 1970's became a Gay and Lesbian Rights movement and by the late 1980's the letters G and L alternated position with each year. In the 1990's the letter B was added and soon followed by T for transgender members of this community. Activists believed that the term gay community did not accurately represent all those to whom it referred.

The initialism has been adopted so thoroughly into mainstream linguistics that in 2018 the Vatican used it on official document inviting LGBT-friendly Priests to speak at a conference. It is an umbrella term for use when labeling topics pertaining to sexual orientation and gender identity. For example, the LGBT Movement Advancement Project offers services specific to members of the LGBT community, in "LGBT community centers", and there is a comprehensive network of such centers around the United States. The US government uses a different acronym, SOGI, in many ways including the military and for a category of asylum seekers.

The initialism LGBT was intended to emphasize a diversity of sexuality and gender identity-based cultures. It may be used to refer to anyone who is non-heterosexual or non-cisgender, instead of exclusively to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. To recognize this inclusion, a popular variant adds the letter Q for those who identify as queer or others questioning their sexual identity. Queer was firmly returned to this community after nearly a century by the first students of the new Millenia but "LGBTQ" has been recorded as early as 1996. While the Q is a reclamation, not everyone agreed with it as many still see it as a term of hate. Others chose to include the intersex community first explaining the prevalence of LGBT groups organizing with the extended initialism LGBTI. LGBTQIA+ is the other well accepted acronym encompassing the full spectrums of sexuality and gender including asexual individuals.[better source needed] Other, less common variants also exist, motivated by a desire for inclusivity, including those over twice as long which prompt much criticism on what is referred to as alphabet soup.

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Reel Affirmations (RA) is a non-profit, all-volunteer LGBT film festival in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1991 and held every year in mid-October, Reel Affirmations is the third largest LGBT film festival (in terms of attendance) in the United States and the largest all-volunteer film festival in the world.

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Ellen DeGeneres

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Ellen DeGeneres (right), with her wife Portia de Rossi (left), at a ceremony for DeGeneres to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Ellen DeGeneres (born 26 January 1958) is an American stand-up comedian, television host, actress, and former television music competition judge. After DeGeneres came out publicly as a lesbian in an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1997, her character Ellen Morgan on Ellen also came out to a therapist played by Winfrey. The series went on to explore various LGBT issues including the coming out process. Portia de Rossi (born 31 January 1973) is an Australian-American actress, model and philanthropist, best known for her roles as lawyer Nelle Porter on the television series Ally McBeal and Lindsay Fünke on the sitcom Arrested Development.

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Natalie Clifford Barney

Natalie Clifford Barney (31 October 1876 – 2 February 1972) was an American expatriate who lived, wrote and hosted a literary salon in Paris. She was a noted poet, memoirist and epigrammatist.

Barney's salon was held at her home on Paris's Left Bank for more than 60 years and brought together writers and artists from around the world, including many leading figures in French literature along with American and British Modernists of the Lost Generation.

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