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What is LGBTQIA2S+?

LGBTQ is an acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning. These terms are used to describe a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. (From

From the New York Times, "The ABCs of L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.+". 

This guide is designed to help those who identify as LGBTQ+ but also those that want to be allies to the community. If you have any questions or know of content that should be included in this guide, please email Sarah Gewirtz, Social Science Librarian, at


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Queer Terminology from A-Q

"This Q Glossary may apper to be simply a list of words, but words have power. Words matter...Words name and describe. If there are no words that fit, then LGBTQ+ identities, experiences and realities remain outside of language, silenced and invisible, unable to be recognized, communicated or shared...Wordsin this glossary reflect the struggle to created, choose and reclaim terminology. The struggle for words that build people up instead of tear them down is at the heart of our movement." - Qmunity