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LGBTQ Student Success Initiative Terminology

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This data will allow us to know more about you, as students at Highline College. It will help us to design and to develop services and programs that will reflect your identities and experiences.

What is Gender Identity?What is Gender Identity?

The term "gender identity" is distinct from the term "sexual orientation". It refers to a person's inner reality and deeply felt psychological identification as a man, woman or some other gender, which may or may not correspond to their biological sex. (Biological Sex: The physical anatomy and hormones a person is born with. Generally de-scribed as male, female, or intersex.)

  • Feminine: Having qualities or appearances traditionally associated with women.
  • Masculine: Having qualities or appearances traditionally associated with men.
  • Androgynous: Having qualities or appearances not tra-ditionally associated with men or women.
  • Gender neutral: A person who does not identify en-tirely as masculine or feminine.
  • Transgender: One’s gender identity or expression does not match and/or is different from the sex they were as-signed at birth.
  • Other: Mark if you feel like none of the above fit you.

What is Sexual Orientation?What is Sexual Orientation?

Describes who you’re attracted to (i.e. sexually, romantically, physically, and emotionally)

  • Gay: A man whose primary attractions are to other men (i.e. sexual, romantic, physical, and emotional)
  • Lesbian: A woman whose primary attractions are to other women (i.e. sexual, romantic, physical, and emo-tional)
  • Bisexual: A person whose primary attractions are to both men and women (i.e. sexual, romantic, physical, and emotional).
  • Straight/Heterosexual: A person whose primary attractions are to people of the opposite gender (i.e. sexual, romantic, physical, and emotional)
  • Other: Mark if you feel like none of the above fit you.
  • Queer: Some people identify as queer rather than as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
    • a) Likes to spend time with people of many genders;
    • b) a label for people who feel they do not fit well in any one group;
    • c) sometimes used as a word for all people with non-heterosexual sexual orientations;
    • d) historically, a bad word-its use today are welcome by some and unwelcome by others.

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