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LGBTQIA+ Dictionary

This dictionary is a dynamic page. I have been compiling a list of terms widely used by people in the LGBTQIA+ community to describe their sexuality and/or gender identity. Please note that these are not blanket definitions or terms for every person that may identify with the terms or with some aspects of the definitions. Make sure to ask a person what their particular label means to them. And don’t forget pronouns!

Check out my resource hub for even more resources related to this community.

If you are part of the LGBTQIA+ community and experiencing challenges, I am here as a person to talk to, but I am an ally and will never be able to truly understand firsthand the challenges people in this community face, although I do my best to empathize.

The Trevor Project is a supportive resource with counselors on call to talk anonymously. Know that Norah Speaks does try to be a space for people in this community to come, and to point their loved ones to self-educate. If there is anything that is inaccurate or missing on this page, please email me at or comment below.

If you are a person that is transgender and are struggling, please call the Trans Lifeline at 1-877-565-8860

The 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports that 18.7 million people age 18 or older had a substance use disorder in the United States. Furthermore, people who identify as gay or lesbian are more than twice as likely than those who idenitfy as heterosexual to have a severe alcohol or tobacco use disorder. ( These alarming numbers stress a need for more substance use resources readily available to the community.

Here are two resources you can use to receive support for addiction:

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