What Does LGBTQ+ Stand For?

LGBTQ+ is an acronym for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and more. The term refers to those whose sexual orientation or gender identity lies outside traditional societal norms. 

Lesbian: Women who are emotionally, romantically, or sexually attracted to other women.

Gay: Men who are emotionally, romantically, or sexually attracted to other men.

Bisexual: Individuals who are attracted to men and women, or more than one sex or gender. 

Transgender: People whose gender identity differs from their assigned sex at birth.

Queer/Questioning: Queer is an inclusive umbrella term that embraces those who identify outside of heterosexual or cisgender norms. Questioning refers to people who are exploring or questioning their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

The LGBTQ+ acronym recognizes the dynamic and everchanging nature of gender and sexuality and ensures inclusivity for all people. The "+" symbolizes the inclusion of other unique identities and experiences that may not be represented in the five letters.

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What is Pride?

Pride is a celebration of authenticity, acceptance and love in the face of societal adversity. It symbolizes the LGBTQ+ community's ongoing journey toward equality and visibility, and is an assertion of resilience and the refusal to be silenced.

Pride also serves as a commemoration of the milestones, past struggles, and sacrifices made that have paved the way for LGBTQ+ rights. It honors the brave people who have stood up against discrimination, and fought for justice and equal rights. From the Stonewall Riots to the tireless activism and efforts of today's LGBTQ+ community members, Pride reminds us of the progress made and the work that still lies ahead.

Pride celebrates the unique experiences and culture of the LGBTQ+ community, and fosters a sense of belonging and acceptance for everyone. It encourages LGBTQ+ individuals to embrace their true selves, overcome internalized homophobia, and find strength and joy in their identities.

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LGBTQ+ Resources

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Award-Winning Author Lucie Fielding Talks Trans Sex Clinical Approaches 

Many projects come about because of rage, a very clarifying rage - rage at injustice, broken systems that don't serve folx, and oppressive systems...

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What's The Real Meaning of Pride and Why do LGBTQ+ Events Matter?

"Pride events are still acts of protest used to call attention to injustices those of us in the LGBTQ+ community face."

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Making Your Teaching Inclusive for LGBTQIA+ Students

"How can teachers within higher education ensure their teaching and learning resources are accessible and inclusive for LGBTQ+ students?"

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Embracing Your Child's Gender & Sexual Identity

"If parents experience their children’s gender or sexuality as a loss and say they’re grieving, they are effectively grieving the loss of something that was never theirs to begin with..."

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Advancing Transgender Pride & Empowerment Chapter Sampler

In our newest chapter sampler, “Advancing Transgender Pride & Empowerment,” we have included various chapters from top titles that cover complex issues from transgender experience and identity to prohibitive and supportive politics, and more.

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Discover New LGBTQ+ Books

Celebrate diversity and discover new LGBTQ+ books written by Routledge authors here.