Understanding The Acronyms

When we refer to the acronym LGBTIQ, we are including people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender, intersex and queer. As well as people who may not identify exclusively as LGBTIQ but may have relationships that are same-sex, bisexual, pansexual or with someone who is transgender or someone with intersex characteristics.

When we talk about LGBTIQ relationships, we are talking about relationships where at least one of the partners identifies as either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer or a combination of these.

Acronyms Descriptions
Lesbian Someone who identifies as a female who predominantly has romantic, sexual or intimate relationships with other women.
Gay Someone who identifies as a male who predominantly has romantic, sexual or intimate relationships with other men.
Bisexual Someone who is sexually or romantically attracted to more than one gender, traditionally male and female (‘bi’ meaning two).
Transgender (Trans) Is defined as a person who transitions from their biological sex at birth to their psychological sense of self or true gender (their brain sex). In other words a person born biologically male but psychologically identifies as another gender e.g. female. A person who is transgender may identify as trans or simply as a male or a female.
Intersex Defined as a person born with either chromosomes, hormones or sex characteristics neither wholly male nor wholly female as they are currently classified. Intersex is a biological state and as such is not self-identified. Intersex people have always existed; it is a naturally occurring variance in the human species, upwards of 7000 variations are defined as of intersex status. Research has been limited leaving a dearth of unanswered questions about the lives and health outcomes for Intersex people. Intersex people are represented across the spectrum of sexuality, sexual expression, gender identity and gender expression.
Queer Is an umbrella term used to be inclusive of anyone whose gender and/or sexual identity does not fit within the ‘norm’ or the rest of the acronym LGBTI.

Other identities and key terminology:

Acronyms Descriptions
Cisgender Is a person whose gender identity matches the gender assigned to them at birth.
Domestic Referring to intimate (a close romantic though not necessarily sexual) relationships with partners or ex-partners including marriage, defacto partnership, boyfriend/girlfriend, lover/s and ‘friends with benefits’.
Family A broader term which extends the types of relationships to include parents and children, extended family (uncles, aunts, grandparents, cousins, mob), carer, housemates and ‘chosen family’. Many people in our communities have a ‘chosen family’ especially if they split with their family over their sexuality, gender, identity or lifestyle.
Gender Diverse Gender diverse is an umbrella term that acknowledges the different ways that people may identify their gender as, for example, gender-fluid, non-gendered or gender-queer.
Heterosexism A system of attitudes and bias which favours heterosexuality (opposite-sex desire and relationships). It can include the presumption that other people are heterosexual or that opposite-sex attractions and relationships are the norm and therefore superior.
Pansexual Not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender, or gender identity. ‘Bi’ in ‘bisexual’ traditionally means ‘two’ which can be misleading and emphasises that gender is a binary construct, therefore people who identify as pansexual highlight an attraction to a variety of genders.
Partner Partners is inclusive of a variety of relationship types, it can include monogamous relationships, polyamorous relationships, non-monogamous relationships and is non-gendered.
TGD Is an acronym used throughout this site, it stands for trans and gender diverse.