LGBTQ 101

Understand some basic facets of the LGBTQ community and become a more educated member of society, regardless of whether you are a member of the LGBTQ community.

Terminology and Language Use

Learn LGBTQI terminology as well as how to avoid heterosexual bias in language.

A note about the following definitions: Each of these definitions has been carefully researched and closely analyzed from theoretical and practical perspectives for cultural sensitivity, common usage, and general appropriateness. We have done our best to represent the most popular uses of the terms listed; however, there may be some variation in definitions depending on location. Please note that each person who uses any or all of these terms does so in a unique way (especially terms that are used in the context of an identity label). If you do not understand the context in which a person is using one of these terms, it is always appropriate to ask. This is especially recommended when using terms that we have noted that can have a derogatory connotation.

Symbols of Pride

The following symbols have been adopted by LGBTQ people and their allies.

Sexual Identity Development – The “Cass” Model

The Cass model is a fundamental theory in LGBTQ identity development.