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How to use LGBTQIA+ terms without being offensive

When it comes to LGBTQIA+ terminology, there are a few things to keep in mind to avoid being offensive. We spoke directly with Joanne Lockwood, Speaker on Inclusivity and Diversity, to hear her thoughts and gain insight regarding how terminology can be used.

In this blog post, we’ll go over some of the most important terms and how to use them correctly. By following these simple tips, you can help make everyone feel welcome in the workplace and beyond.

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ByJoanne Lockwood

Glossary of LGBTQIA+ Terminology

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Glossary of LGBTQIA+ Terminology

This glossary provides definitions for key terms related to gender identity and sexual orientation. These terms are important for understanding the complex landscape of gender and sexuality.

Gender identity is the gender that a person sees themselves as. This can be different from the gender a person is assigned at birth. Sexual orientation is who a person is attracted to emotionally, romantically, and/or sexually.

There is a lot of diversity within the LGBTQIA+ community. This glossary provides definitions for some of the most common gender identities and sexual orientations. It is by no means a comprehensive list, but it can provide a starting point for further exploration.

TRIGGER WARNING:

Please note some of the words and phrases illustrated below are considered offensive or extremely problematic to many.

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ByJoanne Lockwood

Gender Identity Pride Flags, Glyphs, Symbols and Icons

The LGBTQ+ community has created various flags and symbols to allow its tribes and communities within communities to be able to express their individuality and identities.

Some of these identities are less commonly known, but to the individuals they are extremely important.

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ByJoanne Lockwood

Asexual Identities

Many Asexuals (Ace) identify with two orientations: a romantic and a sexual one.  An Asexual’s romantic orientation determines which gender(s), if any, they are inclined to form romantic relationships with.

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ByJoanne Lockwood

Common Trans Terminology

It’s fair to say many people don’t know how to speak to or about transgender people. So what do the terms involved mean and what’s considered polite?

Below are a number of terms and phrases that transgender individuals may use or identity with. In all cases, one should respect the person, how they identify and which terms resonate.

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ByJoanne Lockwood

Transgender Names, Pronouns and Titles

When describing, referring to, or talking to transgender individuals, please use the correct term or terms to describe their gender identity and understand the person’s Names, Pronouns and Titles.

For example, a person who was assigned male at birth and transitions to living as a woman is a transgender woman, whereas a person who was assigned female at birth and transitions to living as a man is a transgender man. If someone prefers a different term, use it along with an explanation of what that term means to them.

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