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  • Jordan Strate

Understanding LGBTQ+ Terminology

Updated: Jun 17

In today’s world, it’s important to understand and respect everyone’s identity. LGBTQ+ is a term you might hear a lot, especially during Pride Month. But what does it mean? Let’s break it down and learn some important words together.


What Does LGBTQ+ Mean?

LGBTQ+ stands for:

  • L is for Lesbian: A woman who loves other women.

  • G is for Gay: A man who loves other men. Sometimes, “gay” is used for anyone who loves someone of the same gender.

  • B is for Bisexual: A person who loves both men and women.

  • T is for Transgender: A person whose gender identity is different from the gender they were given at birth.

  • Q is for Queer or Questioning: “Queer” can be a way some people describe themselves if they don’t fit into just one category. “Questioning” means someone who is still figuring out their gender identity or who they love.

  • The + includes other identities, such as Asexual, Non-binary, and many more.

Important Words to Know

Here are some other important words and what they mean:

  • Cisgender: A person whose gender identity matches the gender they were given at birth. For example, someone who is born as a girl and feels like a girl.

  • Non-binary: A person who doesn’t feel like just a man or just a woman. They might feel like both, neither, or something else.

  • Asexual: A person who doesn’t feel romantic or sexual attraction to others.

  • Pansexual: A person who loves others regardless of their gender.

  • Gender Identity: How a person feels inside about their gender. It might be different from the gender they were given at birth.

  • Pronouns: Words we use to refer to people, like he, she, or they. It’s important to use the pronouns that a person prefers.

Why Is This Important?

Using the right words shows respect. It helps everyone feel seen and understood. Imagine if people didn’t use your name correctly. It wouldn’t feel good, right? That’s how it feels for someone if we don’t use the right words for their identity.

How Can We Be Respectful?

  1. Ask and Use Correct Pronouns: If you don’t know someone’s pronouns, it’s okay to ask. Then, use the pronouns they prefer.

  2. Listen and Learn: Be open to learning more about different identities. Listen when people share their experiences.

  3. Don’t Assume: Don’t assume you know someone’s identity just by looking at them. Everyone is unique.

Understanding LGBTQ+ terminology is a way to show kindness and respect. It helps create a world where everyone feels welcome and valued. By learning and using these words, we can make our workplaces and communities better for everyone.


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