Gender Expression: Refers to the ways in which people externally communicate their gender identity to others through behavior, clothing, haircut, voice, and emphasizing, de-emphasizing, or changing their bodies’ characteristics.
Sexual Orientation: This is determined by our sexual and emotional attractions. Categories of sexual orientation include homosexuals—gay, lesbian—attracted to some members of the same sex; bisexuals, attracted to some members of more than one sex; and heterosexuals, attracted to some members of another sex.
Sexual Identity: This is how we perceive and what we call ourselves. Such labels include “lesbian,” “gay,” “bisexual,” “bi,” “queer,” “questioning,” “heterosexual,” “straight,” and others.
Queer: Historically a negative term used against people perceived to be LGBT, “queer” has more recently been reclaimed by some people as a positive term describing all those who do not conform to rigid notions of gender and sexuality.
Questioning: Refers to people who are uncertain as to their sexual orientation or gender identity
“ No person may be denied the benefits or be discriminated against in any curricular, extracurricular, pupil services, recreational or other program or activity because of the person’s sex, race, religion,
national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability.”
What it means:
A pupil may not be excluded from a public school, or from any school
activities or programs, or be treated in a different manner for any of the reasons listed above. Each public school is required by law to
have written policies that prohibit discrimination against pupils for any of the reasons listed above, and they must have a way for pupils to file complaints of discrimination.
Don’t assume someone’s partner is the opposite sex
Ask for PGP – preferred gender pronoun (he, she, xie)
Name it, Claim it, Stop it!
Work to make your school or office a safe and supportive environment for everyone.
RESOURCES Harmony Café GLBT Services We build a strong GLBT and Allied community through advocacy, education, support, and social events www.harmonycafe.org Diverse & Resilient Building capacity in Wisconsin groups and communities to assure the healthy development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth www.diverseandresilient.org GSA for Safe Schools A public benefit organization committed to safe middle schools and high schools for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender youths and all students. www.gsaforsafeschools.org