LGBTQ is an acronym which stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer or Questioning. These terms are used to describe a persons sexual orientation or gender identity.

A glossary of terms can be found here

Tips for being a Transgender Ally

  • You cannot tell if someone is transgender just by looking
  • Do not make assumptions about a transgender person’s sexual orientation
  • If you do not know a person’s pronouns listen first. If you use the wrong pronoun apologise and move on; big apologies are uncomfortable for everyone
  • Do not ask a transgender person what their “real/dead name” is
  • Coming out as LGB is different to coming out as Transgender
  • Be careful about confidentiality and disclosure. A person’s gender history is private and it is up to them to share it if they wish and with whom
  • Respect the terminology a transgender person uses to describe their identity e.g. transgender, transexual, non-binary, genderqueer
  • Be patient with a person who is questioning or exploring their identity
  • There is no right or wrong way to transition, but is important to look out for their mental wellbeing
  • Do not ask a transgender person about their genitals or surgical status
  • Avoid backhanded compliments such as you are so brave
  • Set an inclusive tone such as using the term people instead of guys and gals