Resources of Students who are LGBTQIA
Your responsibilities are not to
diagnose or provide therapy; it is the development of a compassionate and
forthright conversation that ultimately helps a student in trouble find
understanding, support, and the proper therapeutic resources.
LGBTQIA: is acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex,
who does not experience sexual attraction.
Lesbian: A woman who
has significant emotional, romantic, and/or sexual attractions primarily to
Gay: a man who has
significant emotional, romantic, or sexual attractions primarily to other men.
At times, “gay” is used to refer to all people, regardless of sex or gender,
who are not heterosexual.
Gender expression: The external behaviors and characteristics (i.e. dress, mannerisms, social
interactions, speech patterns, etc.) that a person displays.
Gender identity: A
person’s internal self-awareness of being male, female, or an identity that
does not fit defined categories. Some individuals experience their gender
identity as not conforming to their assigned physical sex and may identify as
Bisexual: A person who
has significant emotional, romantic, and/or sexual attraction to people of one
or more sexes and/or genders.
born either with undeterminable genitalia and/or reproductive organs, and/or
chromosomal make-up other than XX or XY. Intersex people may or may not
identify as members of the transgender community (formerly referred to as
“hermaphrodite,” an outdated and offensive term).
Pansexual: A person
who is sexually or romantically attracted to people of all gender identities
and biological sexes. (“Hearts not Parts”)
Transgender: A term that refers
to people who transgress gender in some way or whose gender identity or
expression may not align with societal expectations of physical sex at birth.
This includes a spectrum of gender variant people. When writing about or
talking to a transgender person, use the name and personal pronouns that are
consistent with the way the individual identifies.
Queer: Originally a derogatory slur, queer has been reclaimed by some as an inclusive
word for all those marginalized by heterosexism and/or discriminated against
based on gender norms. Queer is often used as a sexual, gender, and or
political identity, meaning non-normative. It is not accepted by all.
Questioning: Someone who is
questioning their sexual and/or gender orientation.
Common mental health issues in the LGBTQ community:
- Depression – Anxiety
- Substance Abuse
- Problems with family
- Relationship issues
- Disordered eating
- Suicidal ideation
- Remember that coming out is a life-long process. The student has
the right to choose when, where and to whom they come out. Do not “out” a
student, as they may not be out to their families or peers. Doing so can put
student safety at risk.
- Refer the student to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
(LGBT) Resource Center, Student Union, East, Building 58, Room 1111 or (904) 620-4720.
- Refer to the Counseling Center (904) 620-2602 for additional
- Encourage the student to seek out a Safe Space Ally (http://www.unf.edu/lgbtrc/) if they are looking for support in
their classroom or department.
- Be an active listener and empathize. Affirm the student’s
identity and thank them for sharing with you.
- Ask what you can do to empower them.
- Avoid ignoring or minimizing the situation or expecting the
student to make changes regarding their sexual orientation