What does LGBTQIA+ stand for?

LESBIAN: Women who experience sexual, romantic, physical, and/or spiritual attraction to other women.

GAY: Men who are attracted to men in a romantic, erotic and/or emotional sense.

Not all people who engage in same-gender sexual behavior identify as gay or lesbian, meaning these terms should be used with caution.

BISEXUAL: A person who experiences sexual, romantic, physical, and/or spiritual attraction to more than one gender, not necessarily at the same time, in the same way, or to the same degree.

TRANSGENDER: A person whose sense of personal identity or gender does not correspond to the sex they were assigned at birth or does not conform to gender stereotypes. Sexual orientation varies and is not dependent on gender identity.

QUEER: A multi-faceted word that is used in different ways and means different things to different people.

QUESTIONING: An individual who is unsure of and/or is exploring their gender identity and/or sexual orientation.

INTERSEX: Individuals who are born with or develop sex characteristics that are not typically male or female.

ASEXUAL: An umbrella term used to describe those who experience little to no sexual attraction towards other people.

ALLY: Someone who confronts heterosexism, anti-LGBTQIA biases, heterosexual and cisgender privilege in themselves and others; a person who believes that heterosexism, homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia are social justice issues.

+: Everyone else on the gender and sexual identity spectrum, as well as allies.