People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or gender diverse, or people with intersex variations are often grouped under the ‘LGBTI’ umbrella. It is important to note that there are several distinct, but sometimes overlapping, cohorts each with their own distinct histories, experiences and needs.
A person of any gender who self-identifies as being emotionally, romantically and/or sexually attracted to people from more than one gender.
A term used to describe a person whose gender identity aligns with those typically associated with the sex assigned to them at birth. For example a cisgender man is someone who was assigned male at birth and they identify as a man.
People who identity as gender diverse include people who identify as agender (having no gender), as bigender (both a woman and a man) or as non-binary (neither woman nor man). Some non-binary people identify as genderqueer or as having shifting or fluid genders. Gender diverse may also be used to refer to people whose gender expressions differ from what is socially expected.
A self-identified man who is emotionally, romantically and/or sexually attracted to other men. This term is sometimes used by women (rather than using the term ‘lesbian’).
A self-identified woman who is emotionally, romantically and/or sexually attracted to other women.
Intersex people are born with sex characteristics that do not fit typical binary notions of ‘male’ or ‘female’ bodies. Intersex is an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of natural bodily variations. These natural variations may include genital, chromosomal and/or a range of other physical characteristics. Intersex is not about a person’s gender identity.
Trans or Transgender
An umbrella term referring to people whose gender identity and/or expression is different from cultural expectations based on the sex they were assigned at birth. A trans or transgender person may identify specifically as trans or transgender, or just male or female, or outside of these binary categories. Being transgender does not imply any specific sexual orientation. Transgender people may identify as heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, etc.