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Guide to LGBT+

Many new gender and sexual identity terms have been created in recent years. Some similar terms seem to have little to no differentiation between them. The new influx of terms may be a result of individual's trying to describe their alternative identity. As individuals become more comfortable in gender fluidity, many of these labels may disappear and in the future we will all simply assume our own unique identity that does not require a specific label. The various labels may merge together in the future and represents the state of infinite choice that multiple identities provide.

You may also see differences in the acronym used. Across this website and our book, LGBT+ is used, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender, the “plus” is inclusive of other groups. You may see LGBTQ+, LGBTA+, LGBTQIA+ or other variations and permutations. Typically the Q stands for Queer, but may also represent “questioning”, A can represent Asexual or Ally, and I represents Intersex. Given the different variations, LGBT+ is used as the shortest acronym and the others are considered represented by the + for the sake of simplicity. In the past, the term Queer was seen as offensive, and while some individuals may choose to identify as Queer today, others may still consider this term offensive. Therefore, it is always best practice to ask the person which terms they prefer.

  • Sexual Orientations

    Sexual identities are very personal and vary from person to person. The information in this section is a general guide to some LGBT+ community terms.

    When dealing with these terms it is important to remember that gender identity, romantic attraction and sexuality are independent of each other.

    Some of these terms can be used in a derogatory way and care must be taken when speaking to someone about their sexuality. It is always best practice to ask the person which terms they prefer.

  • Gender Identities

    Gender identities are very personal and vary from person to person. The information in this section is a general guide to some LGBT+ community terms.

    When dealing with these terms it is important to remember that gender identity, romantic and sexuality are independent of each other.

    Some of these terms can be used in a derogatory way and care must be taken when speaking to someone about their gender identity. It is always best practice to ask the person which terms they prefer.

  • Romantic Orientations

    Romantic Orientations are very personal and vary from person to person. The information in this section is a general guide to some LGBT+ community terms.

    When dealing with these terms it is important to remember that gender identity, romantic and sexuality are Independent of each other.

    Some of these terms can be used in a derogatory way and it is always best practice to ask the person which terms they prefer.

  • Political & Fetish

    Political & Fetishes are very personal and vary from person to person. The information in this section is a general guide to some LGBT+ community terms.

    When dealing with these terms it is important to remember that gender identity, romantic and sexuality are Independent of each other.

    Some of these terms can be used in a derogatory way and it is always best practice to ask the person which terms they prefer.