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LGBTQ+ Quick for NURSES Guide.

Bisexual--Individuals who experience sexual, romantic, and/or emotional attractions to people of more than one gender.

Cis or cisgender people--Individuals who identify with the gender that was assigned to them at birth (i.e., people who are not transgender).

Gay--A sexual and affectional orientation toward people of the same gender (male or female).

Gender identity--An individual's sense of being female, male, or an alternative gender (i.e. transgender).

Lesbian--women who experience sexual, romantic, and/or emotional attractions to other women.

LGBTQ2S--lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit.

Non-binary gender and gender-nonconforming people--Umbrella terms for individuals who do not fit into traditional "male" and "female" gender categories.

Queer--An umbrella term to refer to all LGBTQ2S+ people. It is also a non-binary term used by individuals who see their sexual orientation and/or gender identity as fluid.

Sexual identity--describes a person's identification to their own sexual orientation.

Sexual orientation--Defined as who an individual is emotionally, romantically, and sexually attracted to.

Transgender--Umbrella term for individuals whose gender identity and/or expression is different from the gender assigned to them at birth.

Two-spirit--A term created by Aboriginal communities in Canada to describe individuals within their culture who identify as LGBTQ2S.


Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia. (2016). LGBTQ+ friendly practice providing culturally appropriate care for LGBTQ+ people. Retrieved from education/webinars/ARNBC-Webinar-LGBTQ-Friendly-Practice.pdf.

Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO). (2007). Position statement: Respecting sexual orientation and gender identity. Retrieved from wp-content/uploads/woocommerce_ uploads/2014/08/Respecting_ Sexual_Orientation_and_Gender_ Identity.pdf.

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