At IWU, we use "LGBQA TGNCI" to represent a very broad spectrum of identities and self-understandings. Our identities as underrepresented sexual minorities intersect with other identities grounded in race or ethnicity, faith, and social class, just to name a few. Coming to know, understand and express who we are is one of the major tasks that confronts us as LGBQA TGNCI individuals, and you will find the freedom to explore and define yourself here at IWU. Find below a few of the identity archetypes that we often refer to and draw upon in our self-definition and that fall within the framework of the LGBQA TGNCI community.
L is for Lesbian
A term used to describe a woman who is attracted to other women.
G is for Gay
A term used to describe a man who is attracted to men, but often used and embraced by women to describe their same-sex relationships as well.
B is for Bi-
Bisexual- a person who experiences sexual attraction to two or more genders.
Biromantic- a person who experiences romantic attraction to two or more genders.
T is for Trans
A blanket term used to describe all people who are not cisgender. See also: Non-Binary/Genderqueer Learn moreTrans support
Q is for Queer
(1) Historically, this was a derogatory slang term used to identify LGBQA TGNCI people; (2) A term that has been embraced and reclaimed by some parts of the LGBQA TGNCI community as a symbol of pride, an umbrella term representing all individuals who fall out of the gender and sexuality “norms."
A is for Asexual
A person who does not experience sexual attraction. Asexuality is a broad spectrum with many different variations and levels of attraction and is not a medical condition or a phase. Learn more
A is for Aromantic
A person who does not experience romantic attraction to others. Aromanticism is a broad spectrum with many different variations and levels of attraction.Learn more
F is for Fluid
Generally paired with another term, such as gender-fluid or fluid-sexuality; fluid(ity) describes an identity that is a fluctuating mix of the options available (e.g., man and woman, gay and straight).
N is for Non-binary
"Binary" refers to the western binary gender system of man/woman. People who are non-binary identify, at some point in time, as neither a man nor a woman. TNGC support.
P is for Pan-
Pansexual- a person who experiences sexual attraction for members of all gender identities/expressions.
Panromantic- a person who experiences romantic attraction for members of all gender identities/expressions.
I is for Intersex
A general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male. For example, a person might be born appearing to be female on the outside, but having mostly male-typical anatomy on the inside. Or a person may be born with genitals that seem to be in-between the usual male and female types—for example, a girl may be born with a noticeably large clitoris, or lacking a vaginal opening, or a boy may be born with a notably small penis, or with a scrotum that is divided so that it has formed more like labia. Or a person may be born with mosaic genetics, so that some of her cells have XX chromosomes and some of them have XY. Learn more
G is for Genderqueer
(1) A blanket term used to describe people whose gender falls outside of the gender binary; (2) A person who identifies as both a man and a woman, or as neither a man nor a woman. TNGC supports
S is for Straight
A man or woman who is attracted to people of another gender than their own.
C is for Cisgender
A description for a person whose gender identity, gender expression, and sex-assigned-at-birth all align (e.g., man, masculine, and male).
U is for You!
Whatever your identity, even as it shifts and evolves, you are welcome in our LGQA TGNCI community, and encouraged to explore all aspects of yourself and self-knowing.