First of lets begin with what is LGBTQ?
LGBTQ+ is an initialism that means:
L – Lesbian
G – Gay
B – Bisexual
T – Transgender
Q – Queer or Questioning
People often use LGBTQ+ to mean all of the communities included in the “LGBTTTQQIAA”:
+ Gender Queer
+ Gender Variant
LGBTQ is the more commonly used term in the community; possibly because it is more user friendly! You may also hear the terms “Queer Community” or “Rainbow Community” used to describe LGBTQ2+ people. This initialism and the various terms are always evolving so don’t try to memorize the list. The most important thing is to be respectful and use the terms that people prefer.
LGBTQ OutLoud is a DVD documentary produced by KW Counselling Services and the Waterloo Region District School Board in 2010.
People have been talking ABOUT the LGBTQ community, so in this video SP decided to talk with them to learn from their experiences.
A lesbian is a female homosexual: a female who experiences romantic love or sexual attraction to other females.
Gay is a term that primarily refers to a homosexual person or the trait of being homosexual. Gay is often used to describe homosexual males but lesbians may also be referred to as gay.
Bisexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction or sexual behavior toward both males and females, or romantic or sexual attraction to people of any sex or gender identity; this latter aspect is sometimes termed pansexuality.
Transgender is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity differs from what is typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth. It is sometimes abbreviated to trans.
experience a gender identity inconsistent or not culturally associated with the sex they were assigned at birth.
Two-Spirit is a modern umbrella term used by some indigenous North Americans to describe gender-variant individuals in their communities, specifically people within indigenous communities who are seen as having both male and female spirits within them.
Queer is an umbrella term for sexual and gender minorities that are not heterosexual or cisgender. Queer was originally used pejoratively against those with same-sex desires but, beginning in the late-1980s, queer scholars and activists began to reclaim the word.
The questioning of one’s gender, sexual identity, sexual orientation, or all three is a process of exploration by people who may be unsure, still exploring, and concerned about applying a social label to themselves for various reasons.
Intersex is a variation in sex characteristics including chromosomes, gonads, or genitals that do not allow an individual to be distinctly identified as male or female.
Asexuality (or nonsexuality) is the lack of sexual attraction to anyone, or low or absent interest in sexual activity. It may be considered the lack of a sexual orientation, or one of the variations thereof, alongside heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality.
An Ally is a person who considers themselves a friend to the LGBTQ+ community.
Pansexuality, or omnisexuality, is sexual attraction, romantic love, or emotional attraction toward people of any sex or gender identity. Pansexual people may refer to themselves as gender-blind, asserting that gender and sex are insignificant or irrelevant in determining whether they will be sexually attracted to others.
Agender people, also called genderless, genderfree, non-gendered, or ungendered people are those who identify as having no gender or being without any gender identity. This category includes a very broad range of identities which do not conform to traditional gender norms.
Gender Queer is an umbrella term for gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine—identities which are thus outside of the gender binary and cisnormativity.
Bigender is a gender identity where the person moves between feminine and masculine gender identities and behaviours, possibly depending on context. Some bigender individuals express two distinct “female” and “male” personas, feminine and masculine respectively; others find that they identify as two genders simultaneously.
Gender variance, or gender nonconformity, is behaviour or gender expression by an individual that does not match masculine and feminine gender norms. People who exhibit gender variance may be called gender variant, gender non-conforming, gender diverse or gender atypical, and may be transgender, or otherwise variant in their gender expression. Some intersex people may also exhibit gender variance.
Pangender people are those who feel they identify as all genders. The term has a great deal of overlap with gender queer. Because of its all-encompassing nature, presentation and pronoun usage varies between different people who identify as pangender.
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Find LGBT services and community groups that are local to you.
Resources for BAME and POC LGBT communities
Resources for disabled LGBT people and LGBT people with accessibility needs
Domestic violence and abuse
Resources for LGBT people of faith
LGBT organisations you should know about
Equality and Diversity
EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
Independent statutory body established to help eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect human rights and to build good relations.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT+)
NATIONAL LGBT CONSORTIUM
National membership organisation focusing on the development and support of LGB&T groups, projects and organisations.
Information for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans communities on sexual health, wellbeing, groups and events, Manchester.
LESBIAN AND GAY SWITCHBOARD
Provides support 24 hours a day about love, life and safer sex.
PINK THERAPY UK
Organisation to promote high quality therapy and training services for people who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans.
FFLAG – FAMILIES & FRIENDS OF LESBIANS AND GAYS
A national voluntary organisation and charity dedicated to supporting parents and their lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans children.
Stonewall working for equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.
A group of sexual health, support and information projects working with Gay and Bisexual men in the region.
A national volunteer led organisation, providing support and advice to LGBT+ Muslims.
Arts programmes and creative workshops for Trans youth from across the UK.
GENDER IDENTITY CLINIC
The largest and oldest gender identity clinic in the world and has been in operation since the 1960s, London.
GENDER IDENTITY RESEARCH EDUCATION SERVICE (GIRES)
Research and education on gender identity.
Family and individual support for teenagers and children with gender identity issues.
PRESS FOR CHANGE
UK’s leading experts in Transgender law.
Transgender Europe envisions a Europe free from discrimination, where each person can live according to their gender identity and gender expression without interference and where trans people and their families are respected and valued.
TRANS MEDIA WATCH
Guidance on Trans issues for the media and Trans people.
Access over 100 verified UK Trans support groups. Detailed profiles offer specific information on the scope of support provided, meeting schedules and contact information.
MINDLINE TRANS+ HELPLINE
A confidential emotional, mental health support helpline for people who identify as Transgender, Agender, Gender Fluid, Non-binary…
Call 0300 330 5468 (Mondays and Fridays from 8pm to midnight)
HIV & AIDS
HIV and sexual health services.
TERRENCE HIGGINS TRUST
HIV/AIDS information, safer sex, online booklets and helpline.
PETER TATCHELL FOUNDATION
Speaking out for global human rights.
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