The LGBT community (or LGBTQ community or GLBT community), also referred to as the gay community, is a loosely defined grouping of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, LGBT organizations, and subcultures, united by a common culture and social movements.
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These communities generally celebrate pride, diversity, individuality, and sexuality. LGBT activists and sociologists see LGBT community as a counterbalance to heterosexism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, sexualism, and conformist pressures.
The term pride or sometimes gay pride is used to express the LGBT community's identity. The LGBT community is diverse in political affiliation. Not all people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender consider themselves part of the LGBT community.
Groups that may be considered part of the LGBT community include gay villages, LGBT rights organizations, LGBT employee groups at companies, LGBT student groups in schools and universities, and LGBT-affirming religious groups.
- Estimate is based on Williams Institute report on US population, extrapolated to global population.
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