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Understanding sex, Sexuality and Gender

LGBTIQA+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and asexual. The plus is used to show that it is also inclusive of the full diversity of genders, sexualities and bodies, including people who identify as pansexual, gender diverse, agender, gender fl uid, non-binary, as well as people who are questioning their gender and/or sexuality.

While one term cannot capture the diversity of identities, sexualities, relationships, bodies and experiences, it can be helpful to bring these diverse groups together under one label when highlighting their shared experiences of stigma, discrimination and marginalisation, and promoting safe, inclusive services. Whenever possible, it is always best to be as specific as possible and to use a persons preferred terminology.



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