Gender and Sexual Identity
LGBTQIA+ is an acronym for a wide range of sexual orientations and gender identities. The term is constantly changing and evolving. The information below is provided as a starting point for discussing and understanding.
Lesbian: Usually, a woman whose primary sexual and affectional orientation is toward people of the same gender. However, some nonbinary people also identify as lesbians, often because they have some connection to womanhood and are primarily attracted to women.
Gay: An individual’s romantic and/or sexual attraction is to same-gender people
Bisexual: A person whose primary sexual and affectional orientation is toward people of the same and other genders, or towards people regardless of their gender. Some people may use bisexual and pansexual interchangeably.
Transgender: An umbrella term describing a wide range of gender identities that differ from traditional societal definitions; where an individual’s internal knowledge of gender is different from conventional or cultural expectations based on the sex that person was assigned at birth. Trangender is term that can also describe someone who identifies as a gender other than woman or man, such as non binary, genderqueer, genderfluid, no gender or multipe genders, or some other gender identity.
Queer: An identity term reclaimed by the LGBTQIA community
Intersex: An term to describe a wide range of natural body variations that do not fit neatly into conventional definitions of male or female.
Asexual: A broad spectrum of sexual orientations generally characterized by feeling varying degrees of sexual attraction or a desires for partnered sexuality.
Identifying as LGBTQIA is often a source of strength. However, it’s also common to experience challenges relating to LGBTQIA issues or concerns that can affect anyone. Growing awareness has led to greater availability of specialized services - including therapy - for people who identify as LGBTQIA, to help address the unique challenges this population faces. If you are experiencing mental health challenges, seeing a therapist specializing in LGBTQIA competent care can help. I'm dedicated to helping people in my community.