LGBTQ+ 101

An Introduction to Definitions and Concepts

LGBTQ+ Definitions

Let’s take a look at each of these orientations and identities and how they are defined.
  • Lesbian is a term used to refer to women who are emotionally, romantically, or sexually attracted to other women.

  • Gay is a term used to describe someone who is emotionally, romantically, or sexually attracted to someone of the same gender.

  • Bisexual is used to refer to a person who is attracted to two genders or same gender, but not necessarily at the same time. 

  • Transgender, or trans, is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or expression is different from cultural expectations based on the sex they were assigned at birth. 

  • Queer is a term used to refer to all LGBTQ+ people. Once viewed as a slur, and still to some, it also marks a term social justice advocates, and younger people have embraced as opposed to some older LGBTQ+ adults.

  • Q can also stand for Questioning, for those who are not yet sure of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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The content of this course was written and developed by André Wade, MPH. 

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