What Does LGBTIQ Mean?

What Does LGBTIQ Mean?

LGBTIQ ... What does it mean?

You may have seen the term LGBTIQ or LGBTI+ around the web and here at UQU, but what does it mean?

Knowing and understanding what all the letters of the LGBTIQ mean can be tricky.

Depending on the culture and country, LGBTIQ may have different letters and meanings. For example: In Australia you may see BB and SG for Brother Boys and Sister Girls in our indigenous communities.

This is the 2nd article in SHOC's three part Gender & Sexuality series. Read the 1st article in SHOC's Understanding Gender & Sexuality series.


This is a term used to describe someone who identifies as female and is attracted to others who identify as female.


This is a term used to describe someone who identifies as male and is attracted to others who identify as male.


This is a term used to describe someone who is attracted to others of the same gender and those of different genders.


Trans is a blanket term that can be used in many different ways. Some people use it to indicate that their gender identity is not the same as the gender they were assigned at birth.

It is also used for some of the following words as well; Transgender, Transsexual, Transitioning, Transman, TransWoman.


Intersex is a word used to describe people who are both with atypical sex characteristics. Intersex relates to a range of congenital physical traits or variations that lie between stereotypical definitions of male and female. There are many different forms of intersex variations, as such, it is an umbrella term rather than a single category.

Many Intersex people look no different to anyone else, with estimates of the size of the intersex population being similar to that of people with red hair.


Originally a term used in a derogatory sense, many LGBTI youth have embraced this word and given it a rebirth. It can be described as a broad umbrella term for anyone who may identify as being either gender, sexually and/or bodily diverse.


This is for someone who is in the process of exploring their own sexuality and/or gender. It may involve experimentation and looking into one’s own family, cultural and religious history in the process.


Other Terms That Are Important


This is a term used to describe someone who is both romantically and sexually attracted to someone with a different gender identity to their own.

Asexual / Ace

Asexuality is little or no interest in sex and/or sexual attraction to others. They may pursue romantic interests without any sexual behaviour involved.

This is very different to celibacy or chastity which is a choice.


This is someone who experiences both romantic and sexual attraction for all genders and gender expressions. They often do not see people being defined as either male or female, accepting individuals based off their personality, emotional and/or spiritual characteristics.

This is not the same as bisexuality.


This may be a term for someone who does not identify/express themselves as either male or female, or their gender identity/expression may change from male to female throughout their life.

 Would you like to know more about gender, sexuality and bodily diversity?

  • SHOC (Student Help On Campus) Gender & Sexuality service at UQ provide specialised counselling support and advocate for increased inclusivity on UQ campuses.

Book a free, confidential appointment.

The Gender & Sexuality page has more resources and information for you to continue learning more about Gender & Sexuality including:

  • Understanding gender
  • Understanding sexuality

There are student groups on campus designed to support queer and women students. The UQU Queer and the UQU Women’s collectives.


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