About this Glossary

Becoming familiar with terms used by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and other sexual and gender minorities (LGBTQIA+) can help you provide patients with the highest quality care. In this glossary, you will find terms relevant to the health care and identities of LGBTQIA+ people.
A few things to keep in mind:

  1. Definitions vary across communities; not all of your patients will agree with all of these definitions, so defer to the terms your patients use to describe themselves
  2. There are many terms not included on this list; we tried to keep the list as concise and relevant to health care providers as possible;
  3. Terms and definitions change frequently; we will try to update this list to keep up with changing language. If you have a suggestion, please email us at [email protected]. Thank you!