LGBTQ+ breakdown:

  • L Lesbian

  • G Gay

  • B Bisexual

  • T Transgender

  • Q Queer / Questioning

  • + Added as a catch all for other allied groups

The product comes with 11 figures, each with an assigned rainbow color.Credit: Lego

Lesbian

A noun and an adjective for women who are attracted to other women.

Some women prefer to be called gay or queer — it’s always best to ask!

Two women lego characters with a cat

Gay

An adjective and not a noun, most often used to describe men who are attracted to other men.

It's also used by same sex couples.

Two Lego men in tuxedos getting married in front of a rainbow heart

Bisexual

Someone who is attracted to more than one gender.

Lego Lesbians in Love - Mombian | Lesbian, Lesbian moms, Lego

Transgender

Transgender people have a gender identity that does not match the gender they were assigned at birth.

They may identify as male or female.

A lego character holding a transgender flag

Queer or Questioning

Once a demeaning slur for being gay, “queer” is being reclaimed by some as a self-affirming umbrella term, for people who consider other labels restrictive.

Some still believe it’s a homophobic slur, so it’s always best to ask or wait for the person you’re speaking with to use it.

BF playing around with lego. Ive claimed it for my banner photo... 😂😂  Your welcome to use it 😊🌈 : lgbtCan stand for “questioning” — as in still exploring one’s sexuality

+ (Plus)

This is a catch all symbol for groups not represented in the initial letters.

Asexual: Asexuality is a sexual orientation characterized by a lack of sexual attraction, but it doesn’t rule out romantic attraction.

Pansexual: Pansexual is an adjective for those who are attracted to all types of people, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation.

Non-binary: Term to describe people who don’t identify as male or female. Some may have male and female gender elements or not. Also described as gender queer and gender nonconforming.

Intersex: People born with sex chromosomes, external genitalia or an internal reproductive system that is not considered standard for males or females. Parents and physicians usually choose the sex of the child, resulting in surgery or hormone treatment.

Lego characters each representing a different color

Take Action

Words matter. Knowing and respecting people's preferences for LGBTQ+ terminology is a small but important step toward inclusion.

Having LGBT-inclusive toys creates a space for families to let LGBT children know that they are loved and accepted. -Joe Nellist, from the UK's LGBT Foundation

The product comes with 11 figures, each with an assigned rainbow color.Credit: LEGO

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