This guide is intended to help your medical practice when working with the LGBTQI+ communities.
Lesbian: Term for women attracted to other women. Some may use "gay" as their identifier, referring to the Greek island of Lesbos and Sappho, who wrote love poems about women.
Gay: Term for same-gender romantic attraction, now inclusive of all genders.
Bisexual: Attracted to same and other genders.
Transgender: A term used to describe individuals whose gender identity or gender expression differs from the sex they were assigned at birth.
Queer & Questioning: While "queer" was once derogatory, some may use it to self-identify. It serves as an umbrella term encompassing anyone under the LGBTQ spectrum, conveying both an orientation and a sense of community.
+ The plus symbol is included to ensure inclusivity for all identities within the LGBTQ+ community, making everyone feel welcomed and ensuring nobody is left out. It covers a wide range of identities, including asexual, aromantic, and pansexual individuals. LGBTQ+ serves as a starting point rather than a comprehensive identifier.