For many years, the most popular acronym for those in the gay community has been "L.G.B.T," which stands for Lesbian. Gay. Bisexual and Transgendered. Recently, they added the letter "Q". The "Q" can stand for either "queer" or "questioning" (someone who still isn't sure of their sexual identity).
This is where things get a bit complex. Once the gay rights movement began gaining power, all sorts of letters, representing all sorts of different sexual preferences, started to be added to the mix. As it now stands, the acronym has grown. The most-recently updated acronym is now:
"L.G.B.T.Q.Q.I.P.2S.A.A" ( Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Pansexual, 2-Spirited, Asexual and Ally)
One young woman we spoke to identified herself as G.R.S.M or a Gender Sexual Romantic Minority.
Confused yet? Just wait.
MRCTV was at the Supreme Court during oral arguments in the latest case in the battle over gay marriage - where we asked some gay-rights supporters if they could explain the meaning, and distinctions, of some of these terms.
Some other sexual orientation and gender terms include:
Gender queer, gender fluid, gender-less, gynesexual, bigender, transsexual, transvestite, transitioning, agender, poly gender, androgynous, androsexual, pangender, omnisexual, omnigender, Demi sexual, skoliosexual, cisgender, third gender and boydyke.
Some of these words are so new that my spell-checker is having an aneurysm.
As you can see in the video, some of these terms overlap with each other. But, it would appear that the lesson is that, in the gay community these days, the lines separating gender and sexual preference are either being infinitely expanded or completely blurred.