The Gender Equity Center provides programs, events, and support services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual or Ally (LGBTQIA) students as well as for those who want to learn more about the LGBTQIA community. In addition the center employs Peer Educators who are always ready to hear your ideas for events.
Below is a list of definitions for LGBTQIA students. People may identify with a variety of identities, and more definitions can be found here.
- Lesbian: a female-identified person whose primary sexual and romantic feelings are for people of the same sex.
- Gay: a male-identified person whose primary sexual and romantic feelings are for people of the same sex. While many people use this term only to refer to gay men, others use it as a general term to include both men and women: for example, “the gay community.”
- Bisexual: a person who is emotionally, physically, and/or sexually attracted to more than one sex.
- Trans/Transgender: those who transgress societal gender norms; often used as an umbrella term to mean those who defy rigid, binary gender constructions, and who express or present a breaking and/or blurring of cultural/stereotypical gender roles. A Transgender person may or may not modify his/her/hir body through hormones or surgery.
- Queer: an inclusive term which refers collectively to bisexual people, lesbians, gay men, trans folks, and others who may not identify with any of these categories but do identify as queer. While “queer” has often been used as a hurtful, oppressive, term, many people have reclaimed it as an expression of power and pride. However, there are members of the community who do not identify with this term and still experience it as insulting.
- Intersex: A person born with biological characteristics (anatomy, chromosomes, and/or hormones) that exist outside the current system of sex assignment. Approximately 1.7% of the population.
- Asexual: a person who does not experience emotional, physical, and/or sexual attraction to other people. Asexual people may still engage in relationships.