"LGBTQ* (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Transsexual, Queer or Questioning) is the general acronym used to describe the community, the asterisk used to denote the inclusion of anyone who is a part of the community, but is not represented by any of the letters, such as asexual or pansexual. But over the past few years, some have argued the trans* part of the community is not being well supported by the rest of the community.
"Arguments such as this did not find real ground until the 110th United States Congress when the Employment Non-Discrimination Act was introduced and included originally both sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes. But after that bill died in committee, gender identity was removed, and the bill was reintroduced, passing in the House before dying in the Senate. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) supported this change to the legislation with the hope that it would pass without those provisions, but many criticized this move as an abandonment of a part of the community for which the HRC was supposed to be advocating. For those in favor of removing gender identity from the bill, it represented an opportunity for a step in the right direction, with hope that step would lead to others in protecting the rights of all LGBTQ* people. Others feel as if this move undermined the basis of the community: the inclusion of all people under the LGBTQ* umbrella and work towards equal rights for all of those people.”