LGBTQ+ is an acronym that stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer, and is used to designate a community of people whose sexual or gender identities can create shared political and social concerns (this includes people who do not fall into the LGBTQ acronym such as intersex people and asexuals).
Lesbian: A woman who is attracted to other women.
Gay: A man who is attracted to other men.
Bisexual: An individual who is attracted to more than one gender.
Trans: An umbrella term that seeks to incorporate individuals whose gender identities do not match their biological sex.
A distinction is posed between sex (male/female) which is a biological given at birth, and gender (man/woman) which is a sociological and psychological construction concerned with characteristics that are not biological.
There are many identities including but not limited to: transgender, transsexual, trans man, trans woman, genderfluid, non-binary, genderqueer, bigender, nongender.
Queer: Individuals who experience fluidity in their experience of sexuality or gender and therefore do not identify strictly as LGB or T. The term ‘Queer’ can also include those who do not identify as either gender.
QTIPOC: QTIPOC (often pronounced 'cutie pock') is an acronym that stands for Queer, Trans and Intersex People Of Colour. QTIPOC spaces and organisations are safe spaces for LGBTQ+ POC to socialise, and discuss the intersections of LGBTQ+ identity and race.
Main issues faced by LGBTQ+ students:
There are 2 elected LGBTQ+ officers at Manchester Students’ Union:
Connect with the LGBTQ Students' Campaign and society on social media:
You can join the NUS LGBT+ Student Campaigners Network here.