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LGBTIQ / GLBTIQ

Stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer, otherwise diverse in their sexuality and/or gender (including asexual, pansexual, demisexual, polysexual, polyamorous, sapiosexual, aromantic, agender and more) or Questioning their sexuality, and/or gender.

Also, LGBT, GLBT, GLB, LGB, GLBTI, LGBTIQQ, LGBTQIA (A is for Asexual) or LGBTI are used.

Gender Diverse

An umbrella term used to describe a broad range of non-binary gender identities and/or expressions. This term can be used as an umbrella term similar to trans*, but commonly refers to people who are not transsexual (or identifying as the ‘opposite sex’ to which they were assigned at birth) but do not comply with their traditional gender expectations through their dress, hair, mannerisms, appearance and values and/or identify outside of the gender binary. Many gender diverse people may identify as genderqueer, bigender, transgender, pangender, agender, gender fluid, trans, androgynous, neutrois and others (see www.asexuality.org; www.genderdiversity.org/resources/terminology; http://neutrois.com; www.genderqueer.org.au).

Identity

Our sense of ourselves, who we are, and our character, culture, values, lifestyle and personality.

 

“The sense, and continuity of self that develops first as the child differentiates from parents and family and takes a place in society. Neo-Freudian theorist, Erik Erikson, has proposed that there is a crisis of identity during adolescence. It is at this stage of development that a young person searches for an identity, trying out different friendship groups, different lifestyles, different career plans… In Erikson’s view, therefore, identity forms as a result of social interaction, and problems with identity occur if the adolescent feels alienated from society through, for example, [sexuality,] ethnic differences or unemployment.”


Source: Jary & Jary (2000) Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd Ed.

LGBTIQQ / GLBTIQQ

Stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer, or otherwise diverse in their sexuality and/or gender (including asexual, pansexual, demisexual, polysexual, polyamorous, sapiosexual, aromantic, agender and more). Also, LGBT, GLBT, GLB, LGB, GLBTI, LGBTIQ, LGBTQIA (A is for Asexual) or LGBTI are used.

Sexuality

Sexuality is a central aspect of being human throughout life and encompasses sex, gender identities and roles, sexual orientation, eroticism, pleasure, intimacy and reproduction. Sexuality is experienced and expressed in thoughts, fantasies, desires, beliefs, attitudes, values, behaviours, practices, roles and relationships. While sexuality can include all of these dimensions, not all of them are always experienced or expressed. Sexuality is influenced by the interaction of biological, psychological, social, economic, political, cultural, ethical, legal, historical, religious and spiritual factors.

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) Draft working definition, October 2002