In use since the s, the term is an adaptation of the initialism LGB , which began to replace the term gay in reference to the broader LGBT community beginning in the mid-to-late s. It may refer to anyone who is non-heterosexual or non- cisgender , instead of exclusively to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Longer acronyms, with some being over twice as long as LGBT , have prompted criticism for their length,    and the implication that the acronym refers to a single community is also controversial. The first widely used term, homosexual , now carries negative connotations in the United States.
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It continues to be active in campaigning for LGBTI human rights on the international human rights and civil rights scene, and regularly petitions the United Nations and governments. The Coventry conference also called upon Amnesty International AI to take up the issue of persecution of lesbians and gays. After a year campaign AI made the human rights of lesbians and gays part of its mandate in and now advocates for LGBT rights on the international level. ILGA was the first lesbian and gay rights organisation to gain "consultative status" as a non-governmental organisation at the United Nations.
These companies are joining the multitude of nonprofit organizations working to make the lives of LGBTQ individuals better. Family Equality Council connects, supports, and represents the three million parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer in this country and their six million children. They work to ensure equality for LGBT families by building community, changing hearts and minds, and advancing social justice for all families. The GLBT National Help Center is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to meeting the needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and those questioning their sexual orientation and gender identity.
Donald Trump seems to be spending the first months of his presidency doing nothing but withdrawing human rights protections. Transgender bathroom access protections are the latest protection to be rescinded under Trump's administration — and although there are always transgender rights organizations to donate to , it's more important now than ever to support them. If you're feeling helpless, offering your money, time, skills, or all of the above to these organizations can help make a real difference.