LGBTQ Resources

Resources at WP

All Gender Restrooms at WP

The term 'All Gender Restroom' denotes restrooms that everyone is able to use, regardless of their gender identity and/or expression. Single-occupancy public restrooms have been designated as ‘All Gender Restrooms’ and identified with appropriate signage. These facilities provide safe and accessible restrooms for transgender and gender queer students, staff, faculty, alumni, and WP visitors. For a comprehensive list of all gender restrooms, visit: All Gender Restroom Locations

Books and Media about LGBT Communities & Experiences

  • LGBTQ Resources at David & Lorraine Cheng Library
    The Cheng Library makes available a variety of resources and information on topics, groups, and issues affecting the LGBT community. LGBT Resource Libguides allow easy access to LGBT subject specific resources by visiting
    Additionally, the Curriculum Materials Center of the David and Lorraine Cheng Library offers a selected list of books and resources about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender children, teens, and parents. For more information, please visit:
  • Women’s Center Library
    The Women’s Center has a collection of books and other media that can be borrowed. LGBTQ+ titles are classified under the headings Gender, Race, Class, Diversity & Politics and Sexuality & Sexual Orientation. For a comprehensive list of these resources, please visit:

Campus Victim Services

Campus Victim Services assists students of all genders affected by dating and domestic violence, stalking, and sexual violence with free, confidential, trauma-informed direct services, assistance identifying and coordinating campus and community resources, and continuum of care. For more information, visit Campus Victim Services.

Counseling Health and Wellness Center

The Counseling, Health and Wellness Center strives to provide culturally competent and inclusive services to our diverse LGBTQ+ students. For a list of our services, please visit:

Gender Inclusive Housing

William Paterson University seeks to provide a living environment welcoming to all gender identities; one not limited by the traditional gender binary. Gender Inclusive assignment is available to students of legal age (18 yrs or older) and allows for same-gender, opposite-gender or other-gender identities to live together regardless of sex. This provides a living/learning environment where residents can support and explore gender identity and expression in a comfortable environment. For more information and a link to the Gender Inclusive Housing application, please visit

LGBT Resources for Career Development and Employment

The Career Development Center is committed to supporting students in defining and achieving their personal, academic, and career goals. By providing career counseling/career coaching and job, internship, and graduate school preparation as well as employment and mentoring connections, the Career Development Center helps students develop the professional skills needed to achieve career success in a multi-cultural, global society.

For valuable information on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees, listings of jobs with companies that are committed to LGBT rights, and other aspects of the LGBT life experience such as disclosing and job interviews, coming out on the job, etc., please visit the Career Development Center website at:

LGBT-Relevant Academic Programs and Course Offerings

Women’s and Gender Studies Department:

  • BA in Women’s and Gender Studies. For requirements and course descriptions, please visit the university catalogue link: Loading...
  • Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. For requirements and course descriptions, please visit the university catalogue link: Loading...
  • Minor in Social Justice Studies. For requirements and course descriptions, please visit the university catalogue link: Loading...

LGBT-Relevant W&GS Course Offerings:

LGBT-Relevant course offerings from other departments:

For more information, please visit:

LGBT Student Organizations and Clubs

Intersectional Queer Association
The Intersectional Queer Association seeks to create an educational and expressive space to discuss and explore how various identities (cultural, racial, political, differently abled, etc.), intersect with Queer identities. For more information, visit:

The Pride Alliance
Pride Alliance’s mission is to provide a bridge for LGBTQ individuals and allies to interact and learn acceptance of one another; to foster a safe space for everyone from every walk of life, where individuals may be themselves without fear of judgment. Another essential component of the club’s mission is to do educational outreach and community development through activism work, focusing on a variety of social issues that impact the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other identities within the LGBTQ+ community. For more information, visit , or contact the student organization at

Safe Space Training

The Women’s Center offers Safe Space Training in a two-hour or three-hour format in two modalities:

  • Open Safe Space Training workshops for faculty, administrators, staff, and students scheduled throughout the academic year.
  • Targeted Safe Space Training workshops organized by request and customized to the particular needs of specific campus sectors, departments, or student groups and organizations.
    These interactive and informative workshops address:
    • Differences between sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
    • Terminology used to describe sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
    • Promoting LGBTQ-student inclusiveness in classroom and campus spaces.
    • Understanding the LGBTQ life experience and exploring ways to support LGBTQ people.

Workshop participants receive a certificate of completion that can be displayed in work areas to promote Safe Space.

To request a Safe Space Training workshop, or for more information about Safe Space Training, contact:

Librada C. Sánchez, Ph.D.
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Director, The Women’s Center
Office: 973-720-2586

Matthew Díaz
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Student Ambassador for LGBT Programs
Office: 973-720-2946

Off-Campus Resources

Community-Building Resources

The Center
The Center is a community-building resources that offers programs, events, and advocacy for the LGBTQ community. Opportunities to get involved include an LGBTQ career fair, advocacy webinars, film festivals, youth parties, meditation, workshops, and so much more. For additional information, please visit:

Contact: (212) 620-7310
208 W. 13th Street, New York, NY 11001

Community-Specific Resources

The Muslim Youth Leadership Council (MyLC)
The Muslim Youth Leadership Council (MyLC) is a group of Muslim-identifying people ages 17-24 from across the country, working locally and nationally as activists, organizers, writers, leaders and more to promote LGBTQ rights, immigrant rights, and sexual and reproductive health and rights for Muslims. MyLC is an initiative of Advocates for Youth, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C.

The MyLC has published two new resource guides to encourage young LGBTQ+ Muslims to share their experiences: I am Muslim and I Might Not Be Straight is resource for LGBTQ+ Muslim youth, and I am Muslim and My Gender Doesn't Fit Me is a resource for trans Muslim youth.

Contact: (202) 419-3420 (Advocates for Youth)
Khadija Khan, Muslim and International Youth Leadership Councils Coordinator:
1325 G Street NW, Suite 980, Washington, DC 20005

Health Resources (Including HIV)

Community based services and programming for HIV-affected individuals, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons. For additional information, please visit:

Contact: (215) 985-2600
1700 Market Street, Suite 1540, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

Apicha Community Health Center
Provides affordable health care services for the LGBT community, including mental health and community education programs. For additional information, please visit:

Contact: (866) 274 – 2429
400 Broadway, New York, NY 10013

The Body
A complete resource guide for HIV/AIDS. Includes educational information, recent articles, and links to centers that are specific to different populations. For additional information, please visit:


Buddies of New Jersey
An organization that provides education, support, and services for people living with HIV/AIDS. For additional information, please visit:

Contact: (201) 489-2900
149 Hudson St, Hackensack, NJ 07601

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center provides sensitive, quality healthcare and services to LGBTQ communities in New York. For additional information, please visit:

Contact: (212) 271-7200
356 West 18th St., New York, NY, 10011

Human Rights, Equality, and Law Resources

Equality Federation
The Equality Federation is a national alliance of state-based lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy organizations. For additional information, please visit:

Contact: (929) 373-3370
818 SW 3rd Ave. #141, Portland, OR 97204-2405

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
HRC advocates on behalf of GLBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office, and educates the public about GLBT issues. For additional information, please visit:

Contact: (202) 628-4160
1640 Rhode Island Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20036-3278

The LGBT Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) 
The ACLU LGBT Project helps bring to light impactful lawsuits in state and federal courts throughout the country; cases which have a significant effect on the lives of LGBT individuals and communities. For additional information, please visit:

Contact: (212) 549-2500
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor, New York NY 10004

The National Center for Lesbian Rights 
The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national non-profit, public interest law firm that advocates for equitable public policies affecting the LGBT community. For additional information, please visit:

Contact: (415) 392-6257
870 Market Street Suite 370, San Francisco CA 94102

The National LGBT Bar Association 
The National LGBT Bar Association is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, and activists. The LGBT Bar promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community in all its diversity. For additional information, please visit:

Contact: (202) 637-7661
1200 18th Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC, 20036

Mental Health Resources

Center for Identity Development
Description: Local psychotherapy and counseling in NJ for individuals, couples, families, and groups, providing aid to people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. For additional information, please visit:

Contact: (973)744-6386
31 Trinity Place, Montclair, NJ 07042

NALGAP: The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies 
NALGAP is a membership organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of alcoholism, substance abuse, and other addictions in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities. For additional information, please visit:


National Alliance on Mental Illness: LGBTQ
A national organization dedicated to providing individuals with education, support, resources, and providers. This section is specific to the LGBT community. For additional information, please visit:

Contact: (703) 524-7600
3803 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100 Arlington, VA 22203

Transgender Resources

Consortium of Higher Education Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Professionals 
The mission of the Consortium is to achieve higher education environments in which LGBT students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni have equity in every respect, and to support colleagues to enhance this work, seek climate improvement on campuses, and advocate for policy change, program development, and establishment of LGBT Offices/Centers. For additional information, please visit:

Contact:; Dr. Adriana di Bartolo or Dr. Van Bailey
280 Madison Ave Ste. 912, New York, NY, 10016

GLSEN Trans Student Rights
Use this website to learn about Transgender Student Right's history and explore social media, resources, and leadership opportunities in support of trans and gender nonconforming students. For additional information, please visit:

Contact: (212) 727-0135
110 William Street, 30th Floor, New York, NY 1003

Transgender American Veterans Association
An organization that acts proactively with other concerned gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) organizations to ensure that transgender veterans will receive appropriate care for their medical conditions and will help in educating the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) on issues regarding fair and equal treatment of transgender and transsexual individuals. For additional information, please visit:

Contact: (516) 828-2911
PO Box 4513, Akron, OH, 44310

World Professional Association for Transgender Health
An organization which promotes evidence-based care, education, research, advocacy, public policy, and respect in transgender health. For additional information, please visit:


Resources for Allies

A site that offers helpful resources that will give you more information on being an ally and a friend. For additional information, please visit:


Human Rights Campaign: Coming Out as a Supporter
A comprehensive guide for understanding when someone you know comes out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. The guide answers initial questions and shares facts, strategies, and ways to show your support as an ally in the fight for LGBTQ equality. For additional information, please visit:

Contact: (202) 628-4160
1640 Rhode Island Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20036-3278

Straight for Equality
A national outreach and education program to empower new allies, who don’t necessarily have a family connection to the LGBTQ community. Offers many resources and tools. For additional information, please visit:

Contact: (202} 467-8180
1828 L Street, NW, Suite 660, Washington, DC 20036

Frequently Asked Questions

What do the letters LGBT(QQPIA) mean?

This is a handy acronym that summarizes the subcommunities that are marginalized in regards to sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. The acronym often stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer, Pansexual, Intersex, Asexual.

What is transgender identity?

Transgender is an umbrella term for individuals whose gender identity is different from the one assigned to them at birth. Transgender individuals may identify as women, men, neither, both, or something else entirely. Some common identities under this umbrella include genderqueer, gender non-conforming, non-binary, agender, Two-Spirit (used by some indigenous Native American communities), trans woman, and trans man. Often, transgender will be shortened to trans* to acknowledge the multitude of identities held in this community.

Isn't the word "queer" an insult? How can using "queer" be a sign of pride?

The word queer has often used been as an insult. Many people in the community have decided to reclaim the word to take away others' power to hurt them. It is also useful as a word that encompasses all identities under the LGBT+ umbrella. However, you should only call someone queer, if they have indicated that they are okay with that word being used for themselves.

How did the rainbow flag become a gay symbol?

In 1978 Gilbert Baker proposed the idea of a rainbow flag to the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade in response to their request for a symbol that could be used every year. Today, the rainbow flag continues to be a symbol for the colorful diversity, optimism, and strength of the gay rights movement worldwide.

Why is a pink triangle considered a symbol of LGBTQ equality?

The pink triangle, the most widely recognized of all LGBTQ symbols, was derived from Nazi Death camps in WWII. Gay or bisexual men were forced to wear pink triangles to mark them, as Jews wore the yellow Star of David. The LGBTQ liberation movement adopted the triangle to turn a symbol of degradation into one of pride. Lesbian and bisexual women, who were not singled out in the camps, were sometimes arrested instead as sex workers and forced to wear the black triangle worn by those branded as criminals.

What does "lambda" mean?

In the early 1970s, in the wake of the Stonewall Rebellion (in which gays fought back for the first time against police harassment and repression), New York City's Gay Activists Alliance selected the Greek letter lambda as its emblem. Since then the lambda letter has spread throughout the world as a frequent symbol for gay rights organizations, such as the Lambda Legal Defense Fund (a gay rights legal services organization).

Why is lavender often associated with the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender rights movements?

Connections between purple and ancient gay stories and traditions indicate that lavender has considerably more significance than the mixture of "female red" and "male blue" colors. Purple represents, brings about, and is present during radical transformation from one state of being to another.

Why are you gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender?

The general consensus in Psychology and Medicine is that genetic factors probably do play some role in determining sexual orientation. This genetic background is then accompanied by environmental factors such as the culture you grow up in, your parents' education and beliefs, your religion, whether you meet gay friends in your youth, etc. etc. etc.—factors that shape this (perhaps only somewhat) predetermined orientation, either smothering it or letting it unfold. It is rather true to say that your sexual orientation is a natural, and important, part of who you are.

Can "conversion therapy" change sexual orientation?

No. The reality is that homosexuality is not an illness. It does not require treatment and is not changeable. In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from the official manual that lists mental and emotional disorders. Two years later, the American Psychological Association resolved to support the removal. Ever since, both associations have urged all mental health professionals to help dispel the stigma of mental illness associated with homosexual orientation.

Why do some gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals tell people about their sexual orientation?

They tell about it because sharing that aspect of themselves with others is important to their mental health. In fact, the process of identity development for lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals, called coming out, has been found to be strongly related to psychological adjustment—the more positive the gay, lesbian, or bisexual identity, the better one's mental health and the higher one's self-esteem.

What is the relationship between HIV and LGBTQ community?

While HIV affects Americans from all walks of life, the epidemic continues to disproportionately impact gay and bisexual men[1], transgender women, youth ages 13-24 and communities of color, particularly in the southern United States. While tremendous medical advances have helped HIV-positive individuals live longer, healthier lives, there remains no cure and tens of thousands of new infections occur every year. Insufficient funding for HIV programs, as well as prevention methods that are not scientifically sound and persistent stigma and discrimination continue to make it difficult to fight the epidemic and provide the best possible care to those living with HIV.


What is cross dressing?

Cross dressing is the practice of wearing clothing typically associated with a gender different than one's own and is independent of one's sexual orientation. Many indidviduals who crossdress do not necessarily desire to be a different gender.Cross dressing is the practice of wearing clothing typically associated with a gender different than one's own and is independent of one's sexual orientation. Many indidviduals who crossdress do not necessarily desire to be a different gender.

Source: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center at Case Western Reserve University.


LGBTQ Holidays

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (February 7)
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is an HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative for Blacks in the United States and across the Diaspora. There are four specific focal points: Get Educated, Get Tested, Get Involved, and Get Treated.

National GLBT Heath Awareness Week (Last Week of March)
The Annual GLBT Health Awareness Week, a nationwide event that promotes the unique health and wellness needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Sponsored by the National Coalition for LGBT Health

International Transgender Day of Visibility (March 31)
International Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual holiday occurring on March 31 dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide. The holiday was founded by Michigan-based transgender activist Rachel Crandall in 2009 as a reaction to the lack of LGBT holidays celebrating transgender people, citing the frustration that the only well-known transgender-centered holiday was the Transgender Day of Remembrance which mourned the loss of transgender people to hate crimes, but did not acknowledge and celebrate living members of the transgender community.

Day of Silence (April 17)
The Day of Silence is the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network's (GLSEN) annual day of action to protest the bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students and their supporters. Students take a day-long vow of silence to symbolically represent the silencing of LGBT students and their supporters.

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (May 17)
International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO or IDAHOT) are widely recognized as an essential feature in the international LGBT rights calendar. In the 9th edition, in 2013, commemorations took place in almost 120 countries, in all world regions. The day aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBT rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBT rights work worldwide. IDAHO's date was chosen to commemorate the decision to remove homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1990. The original founders of the International Day Against Homophobia (or "IDAHO"), established the IDAHO Committee to co-ordinate grass-roots actions in different countries, to promote the day, and to lobby for official recognition of May 17.

Harvey Milk Day (May 22)
Harvey Milk Day is organized by the Harvey Milk Foundation and celebrated each year on May 22 in memory of Harvey Milk, a gay rights activist assassinated in 1978.

LGBTQ Pride Month (June)
Gay pride or LGBT pride is the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, and equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance. Pride, as opposed to shame and social stigma, is the predominant outlook that bolsters most LGBT rights movements throughout the world. Pride has lent its name to LGBT-themed organizations, institutes, foundations, book titles, periodicals and even a cable TV station and the Pride Library. Ranging from solemn to carnivalesque, pride events are typically held during LGBT Pride Month or some other period that commemorates a turning point in a country’s LGBT history, for example Moscow Pride in May for the anniversary of Russia's 1993 decriminalization of homosexuality. Some pride events include LGBT pride parades and marches, rallies, commemorations, community days, dance parties, and large festivals, such as Sydney Mardi Gras, which spans several weeks.

Stonewall Riots Anniversary (June 27)
The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay community against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. They are widely considered to constitute the single most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for gay and lesbian rights in the United States.

International Drag Day (July 16)
International Drag Day is to celebrate the greatness and wonder that is Drag Artists from every corner of the planet. Created by Adam Stewart in 2009, International Drag Day was set up to give Drag Artists a well-deserved chance to shine and be celebrated for everything they give to gay life and culture.

Celebrate Bisexuality Day (September 23)
Celebrate Bisexuality Day is observed on September 23 by members of the bisexual community and their supporters. This day is a call for the bisexual community and their friends and supporters to recognize and celebrate bisexuality, bisexual history, bisexual community and culture, and all the bisexual people in their lives. First observed in 1999, Celebrate Bisexuality Day is the brainchild of three United States bisexual rights activists: Wendy Curry of Maine, Michael Page of Florida, and Gigi Raven Wilbur of Texas.

LGBTQ History Month (October)
LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. It is observed during October in the United States, to include National Coming Out Day on October 11. In the United Kingdom, it is observed during February, to coincide with a major celebration of the 2005 abolition of Section 28.

National Coming Out Day (October 11)
National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is an internationally observed civil awareness day celebrating individuals who publicly identify as a gender or sexual minority. The day is observed annually by members of the LGBT community and allies on October 11. NCOD was founded in 1988 by Robert Eichberg, a psychologist from New Mexico and founder of the personal growth workshop The Experience, and Jean O'Leary, an openly gay political leader from Los Angeles and then-head of the National Gay Rights Advocates. The date of October 11 was chosen because it was the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.

Spirit Day (October 17)
In early October 2010, Canadian teenager Brittany McMillan promulgated the observance of a new commemoration called Spirit Day, the first observance of which took place on October 20, 2010; it now however takes place on October 17. On this day people wear the color purple to show support for LGBT youth who are victims of bullying. Promoted by GLAAD, many Hollywood celebrities wore purple on this day to show their support of this cause, and many websites added a prominent purple shade to their design. The name Spirit Day comes from the purple stripe of the Rainbow flag, whose creator Gilbert Baker defined as "representing 'spirit'”. The observance was inaugurated in response to a rash of widely publicized bullying-related suicides of gay school students in 2010, including that of Tyler Clementi. More than 1.6 million Facebook users signed up for the event globally.

Asexuality Awareness Week (October – November - dates vary every year)
Asexual Awareness Week is an international campaign that seeks to educate about asexual, aromantic, demisexual, and grey-asexual experiences and to create materials that are accessible to our community and our allies around the world.

Intersex Awareness Day (October 26)
Intersex Awareness Day is an internationally observed civil awareness day designed to highlight the challenges faced by intersex people. The event marks the first public demonstration by intersex people in North America. On October 26, 1996, intersex activists from Intersex Society of North America (carrying the sign "Hermaphrodites With Attitude") and allies from Transexual Menace demonstrated in Boston, outside the venue where the American Academy of Pediatrics was holding its annual conference. Intersex Awareness Day is an international day of grass-roots action to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital cosmetic surgeries on intersex children.

Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20)
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), which occurs annually on November 20, is a day to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia, or the hatred/fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and acts to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community. The Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a trans woman who is a graphic designer, columnist, and activist, to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts. Since its inception, TDoR has been held annually on November 20, and has slowly evolved from the web-based project started by Smith into an international day of action. In 2010, TDoR was observed in over 185 cities throughout more than 20 countries.

World AIDS Day (December 1)
World AIDS Day, observed on December 1 every year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations, and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control.


LGBTQ+ Terminology

Basic Glossary

Ally | A person who is not LGBTQ but shows support for LGBTQ people and promotes equality in a variety of ways.

Androgynous | Identifying and/or presenting as neither distinguishably masculine nor feminine.

Asexual | The lack of a sexual attraction or desire for other people.

Biphobia | Prejudice, fear, or hatred directed toward bisexual people.

Bisexual | A person emotionally, romantically, or sexually attracted to more than one sex, gender, or gender identity though not necessarily simultaneously, in the same way, or to the same degree.

Cisgender | A term used to describe a person whose gender identity aligns with those typically associated with the sex assigned to them at birth.

Closeted | Describes an LGBTQ person who has not disclosed their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Coming out | The process in which a person first acknowledges, accepts, and appreciates his or her sexual orientation or gender identity and begins to share that with others.

Gay | A person who is emotionally, romantically, or sexually attracted to members of the same gender.

Gender dysphoria | Clinically significant distress caused when a person's assigned birth gender is not the same as the one with which they identify. According to the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the term - which replaces Gender Identity Disorder - "is intended to better characterize the experiences of affected children, adolescents, and adults."

Gender-expansive | Conveys a wider, more flexible range of gender identity and/or expression than typically associated with the binary gender system.

Gender expression | External appearance of one's gender identity, usually expressed through behavior, clothing, haircut, or voice, and which may or may not conform to socially defined behaviors and characteristics typically associated with being either masculine or feminine.

Gender-fluid | According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a person who does not identify with a single fixed gender; of or relating to a person having or expressing a fluid or unfixed gender identity.

Gender identity | One’s innermost concept of self as male, female, a blend of both, or neither – how individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves. One's gender identity can be the same or different from their sex assigned at birth.

Gender non-conforming | A broad term referring to people who do not behave in a way that conforms to the traditional expectations of their gender, or whose gender expression does not fit neatly into a category.

Genderqueer | Genderqueer people typically reject notions of static categories of gender and embrace a fluidity of gender identity and often, though not always, sexual orientation. People who identify as "genderqueer" may see themselves as being both male and female, neither male nor female, or as falling completely outside these categories.

Gender transition | The process by which some people strive to more closely align their internal knowledge of gender with its outward appearance. Some people socially transition, whereby they might begin dressing, using names and pronouns, and/or being socially recognized as another gender. Others undergo physical transitions in which they modify their bodies through medical interventions.

Homophobia | The fear and hatred of or discomfort with people who are attracted to members of the same sex.

Lesbian | A woman who is emotionally, romantically, or sexually attracted to other women.

LGBTQ | An acronym for “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer.”

Living openly | A state in which LGBTQ people are comfortably out about their sexual orientation or gender identity – where and when it feels appropriate to them.

Outing | Exposing someone’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender identity to others without their permission. Outing someone can have serious repercussions on employment, economic stability, personal safety, or religious or family situations.

Pansexual | Describes someone who has the potential for emotional, romantic, or sexual attraction to people of any gender though not necessarily simultaneously, in the same way, or to the same degree.

Queer | A term people often use to express fluid identities and orientations. Often used interchangeably with "LGBTQ."

Questioning | A term used to describe people who are in the process of exploring their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Same-gender loving | A term some prefer to use instead of lesbian, gay, or bisexual to express attraction to and love of people of the same gender.

Sexual orientation | An inherent or immutable enduring emotional, romantic, or sexual attraction to other people.

Transgender | An umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or expression is different from cultural expectations based on the sex they were assigned at birth. Being transgender does not imply any specific sexual orientation. Therefore, transgender people may identify as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, etc.

Transphobia | The fear and hatred of, or discomfort with, transgender people.

Self Help Guide for Trans Survivors of Sexual Violence. Forge-Forward. org