Below are answers to some of our commonly asked questions.
- Expand your knowledge about gender identities and sexual orientation.
- Do not make assumptions about someone's sexual orientation or about what gender or sex a person is.
- Do not ask questions about sexual activities.
- Be inclusive.
- Do not reveal another's sexual orientation without their consent.
For many years "queer" was used as an insult towards people who were seen outside of the heterosexual or gender "norms." Some of older LGBTQ people do not feel comfortable identifying with the term, but in recent years, it has been reclaimed by younger members of the LGBTQ community.
Bisexual people are attracted to both men and women, and may not be equally attracted to both sexes. The degree of attraction may vary over time as one develops sexual identity.
LGBTQ or GLBTQ is the acronym for the community formed by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, queer and questioning individuals. Those with these diverse identities are joined together because of their shared oppression under heterosexism, homophobia, sexism and genderism. LGBTQ or queer people are from every socioeconomic class, education level, political affiliation, age group, religion, race and ethnicity.
Queer is used as a term for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community. It is a political statement which advocates for breaking stereotypes and binary thinking as well as a term for sexual orientation. It is also a simple label to explain a complex set of sexual behaviors and desires.
Transgender is the term describing a range of people who experience or express their gender differently from what most people expect. Transgender is an overarching term including transsexual as well as cross-dressers and anyone expressing gender characteristics that do not correspond with those traditionally ascribed to the person's presumed sex. It is not a sexual orientation. Some transgender people identify themselves as female-to-male or male-to-female transsexual. They may take hormones prescribed by a doctor and undergo medical procedures for sex reassignment surgery. Some identify as transgender because they don't feel comfortable with either the male or female gender exclusively.
- Cross-dresser: Cross dressers identify as their birth gender, but sometimes dress in clothing that is opposite of their gender.
- Pansexual: refers to one who is fluid in sexual orientation or gender identity, who may have an attraction to more than one sex, and refuses the use of gender binaries (placing people into either the category of woman or man).
- Transsexual: is a medical term which describes those whose gender and sex do not line up (and who often seek medical alignment to bring their body and gender identity together).
- Transvestite: is a psychiatric term that describes men and women who cross-dress for sexual gratification. Many do not cross-dress for that reason, but do so to express their transgender nature and prefer the terms cross-dresser, drag king or drag queen.
- Spectrum of Northern Nevada: mission is to create safe and accepting social networks and events for members of the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBT-Q) community and their advocates.
- Nevada Equal Rights Commission: assists the public as it relates to discrimination in employment, housing and/or public accommodation.