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The Basics

First things first. Being a member of the LGBTQ community, (whether one identifies as lesbian, gay, transgender or otherwise) IS NOT A CHOICE!  This is a common misconception that people who identify as heterosexual make.  People who are a part of this community are natually who they are, the same way a straight person is naturally attracted to someone of the opposite sex. Secondly, there are a multitude of identities within the LGBTQ umbrella.  Although there isn't room to go over them all, here are a few that people should have a basic understanding of.


Lesbian: A person who identifies as a woman and is sexually attracted to other women.

Gay: A person who identifies as a man and is sexually attracted to other men.

Bisexual: A person who is sexually attracted to both men and women.

Transgender: A term that encompasses transsexuals, cross dressers, drag queens, drag kings, and butch lesbians among other identies.  These individuals transgress the socially constructed norms surrounder gender.

Questioning: A person who is in the process of self-discovery in regards to their sexuality. 


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