GLBT versus LGBT

Leading a rather sheltered adolescence, I was first introduced to the term "GLBT" at the University of Minnesota. I quickly learned it stood for "Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender", but I always thought it sounds like a kind of sandwich (I'll have a GLBT on rye, please). Now that I've gotten more involved in politics, I've found there's another term that's sometimes used, LGBT, which stands for "Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender" and sounds less like something you might order at a deli.

Which is more common? Let's turn to Google.

GLBT: ~425,000

LGBT: ~333,000

Why the difference? Is it regional, or were lesbians just pissed that they were second? Maybe they should use a regexp-style matching: [GLBT] (yes, I know that's not right).

Apparently, I'm not the only one wondering. Check out this spoof article about the dispute: Gay Rights Organization Torn Over GLBT/LGBT Debate