What does LGBTIA+ mean?
Terminology in the queer community is complex, dynamic and contested.
As people find new ways of expressing their subjective experiences. Our language evolves as our understanding of ourselves evolves. Sometimes the words people use to describe their identity change as they get to know themselves better.
‘LGBTIQA+’ is an evolving acronym that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer/questioning, asexual. Many other terms (such as non-binary and pansexual) that people use to describe their experiences of their gender, sexuality and physiological sex characteristics.
‘Queer’ is an umbrella term that can mean any kind of diverse sexuality or gender. We acknowledge that some intersex people may feel excluded by this term and we would like to include and welcome intersex people at all our queer/ LGBTIQA+ services and events.
To be respectful
Use the terms, names and pronouns that people use to describe themselves. If you’re not sure about someone’s pronouns, you can ask them respectfully.
Helpful links on language
There is no definitive guide to language in the queer community. But here are some links to pages where people have tried to summarise their understandings of terms:
- glossary and guidelines for LGBTIQ+ Inclusive Language Guide (Victorian Government)
- glossary of gender terms and Trans 101 videos on gender and pronouns (YGender)
- Minus18 website
- asexual (Asexual Visibility and Education Network)
- intersex for allies (Intersex Human Rights Australia).