Traditionally, LGBT was the acronym used to describe diversity of sexuality and gender. This has evolved over time, with LGBTQI+ more commonly used. Remember, if in doubt, ask!
Lesbian: females who are attracted sexually and emotionally to other females. Gay: males who are attracted sexually and emotionally to other males. Bisexual: a person who is attracted to either gender, but not necessarily equally. Transgender: a person whose gender identity is different from the sex they were given at birth. Queer: Historically a slur, more recently reclaimed by some as a positive term describing someone who does not conform to, but challenges traditional ideas about gender, sexuality and identity.
Questioning: Refers to people who are uncertain regarding their gender identity or sexuality.
Intersex: People born with variations in their reproductive or sexual organs that don’t fit with typical definitions of male or female bodies.
Heterosexual: a person who is attracted to people of a different gender. Known as “straight”.
Pansexual: someone who can be attracted to any other person, regardless of their gender.
Asexual: someone who does not experience sexual attraction. Cisgender: someone whose gender identity matches with the sex they were given at birth. Non-binary: People whose gender does not typically fit with male or female.