What Does LGBTQ-IA Mean?
- Lesbian – A female- identified person who is attracted romantically, physically, or emotionally to another female-identified person.
- Gay – A person, mainly a male-identified person, who is attracted romantically, physically, or emotionally to another a person of the same sex.
- Bisexual – A person who is attracted romantically, physically, or emotionally to both men and women.
- Transgender – A person who is a member of a gender other than that expected based on anatomical sex.
- Queer – An umbrella term which embraces a variety of sexual preferences, orientations, and habits of those who do not adhere to the heterosexual and cisgender majority. The term queer includes, but is not exclusive to lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transpeople, and intersex persons, traditionally, this term is derogatory and hurtful, however, many people who do not adhere to sexual and/or gender norms use it to self-identify in a positive way.
- Intersex – Someone who’s physical sex characteristics are not categorized as exclusively male or exclusively female.
- Asexual – A person who does not have a sexual orientation. A person that does not experience a sexual attraction but can experience a romantic, emotional, or aesthetic attraction to another person.
- Ally – A person who does not identify as LGBTQIA, but supports the rights and safety of those who do
American School Counseling Association (ASCA) Position Statements
Manuals and Guides
- The School Board of Broward County, FL Resolution No. 16-22
- Safe space kit: A guide to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students in your school
- Safe zone poster
- The Safe zone project
- Reflecting resiliency: Openness about sexual orientation and/or gender identity and its relationship to well-being and educational outcomes for LGBT students
- Coming out Resource Guide
- Coming out for African Americans
- Coming out for Hispanic families
- Answers to Your Questions About Transgender People, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression
- Mental Health of Transgender Children Who Are Supported in their Identities
- Research Exploring the Health, Wellness, and Safety Concerns of Sexual Minority Youth
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health
- Understanding Sexual Minority Adolescents
- Gender Transition Guide: Primer for Students, Parents, Teachers, and School-based Providers
- LGBTQ Resources for Professionals
Links to State of Iowa resources
Links to National resources