This guide is designed to assist students, researchers, and health professionals in finding health and other information related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, asexual, intersex, queer, and queer-questioning communities.
As with the nature of science, this guide will continue to be a work in progress. Please contact me if you have any questions or suggestions for the inclusion of materials at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What does it all mean?
- “+”– a symbol that represents members of the community who identify with a sexual orientation or gender identity that isn’t included within the LGBTQIA acronym. It’s an inclusive way of representing gender and sexual identities that letters and words cannot yet fully describe.
- Asexual- a term used to describe a person who lacks sexual attraction or desire for other people. It’s different from celibacy, in which people make a choice to abstain from sexual activity.
- Bisexual – describes a person who is physically, emotionally, or romantically attracted to people within more than one sex, gender, or gender identity.
- Cisgender – Individuals whose gender assigned at birth corresponds to their gender identity.
- Gay – describes a person who is physically, emotionally, or romantically attracted to people within the same gender.
*Definitions gathers from a number of sources including The Office of LGBTQ Resources, The Human Rights Campaign, TheCenterCV.org, GLAAD