LGBTQ individuals use a variety of terms to identify themselves and their communities. Individual and societal understanding of sexuality and gender identity are constantly changing. Resources in this section provide definitions for some of the more commonly used terms, as well as some basic information on history, language, myths and facts, and answers to frequently asked questions relating to LGBTQ communities.
An overview of essential vocabulary for allies wishing to talk about LGBT people and equality, providing explanations about certain terms that have historically been used against gay and transgender people and showing how allies can use respectful language in different contexts.
This quiz includes definitions to match to sexual orientation and gender identity terms. Answer key included.
This chart outlines eight traditional and gender neutral pronouns and provides conjugation and pronunciation information.
This fact sheet provides information on the meaning of the term “queer,” as well as links to programs, websites and books for more information.
This fact sheet provides information on bisexuality as well as links to websites and books for more information.
This page provides a working list of terminology used to define or describe LGBTQIA individuals, and communities. It also provides a guide to gender neutral language and pronouns.
This glossary contains some working definitions and examples of frequently used (and misused) gender and sexuality terms as a starting point for dialogue and understanding.
This fact sheet discusses the terms paradox. Asking what terms a person uses and using those terms to refer to them conveys respect and openness, however terms provide very little information relevant to providing appropriate services.
This short film provides interviews with individuals self-identified as transgender or genderqueer. It also presents an overview of the spectrum of gender identity and sexual orientation.
This guide was designed to help you and your loved ones through coming out and self identity process. Included are myths and facts about being a trans woman or trans man.
Answers to frequently asked questions about transgender people, including information on the transitioning process and costs, cross dressing, the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation, and discrimination faced by people who are transgender.
This factsheet provides a brief overview of basic information about transgender identities, including terms and definitions, for victim service providers.