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LGBTQ: Other Ways of Identifying

A guide with resources for the LGBTQ community and those who would like to learn more about LGBTQ issues.

What about identifies that don't fit into LGBT?

This page is dedicated to any sexuality or gender that does not fall under the LGBT umbrella. Commonly, this category of identities is denominated by the Q in LGBTQ, which stands for queer or questioning. More information on queer identity can be found in the Queer box below.


Asexual individuals experience low or absent levels of sexual attraction and desire. Unlike celibacy, which is usually chosen, asexuality is an intrinsic part of a person’s sexual identity and it is completely normal. However, that does not mean that asexual individuals have absolutely no interest in romantic or intimate relationships. While some asexuals are happier on their own, others are happiest with a close group of friends, or even form long-term partnerships with sexual people. --Stanford University Vaden Health Center


Queer - An adjective used by some people, particularly younger people, whose sexual orientation is not exclusively heterosexual (e.g. queer person, queer woman). Typically, for those who identify as queer, the terms lesbiangay, and bisexual are perceived to be too limiting and/or fraught with cultural connotations they feel don't apply to them. Some people may use queer, or more commonly genderqueer, to describe their gender identity and/or gender expression (see non-binary and/or genderqueer below). Once considered a pejorative term, queer has been reclaimed by some LGBT people to describe themselves; however, it is not a universally accepted term even within the LGBT community. When Q is seen at the end of LGBT, it typically means queer and, less often, questioning. -- GLAAD Media Reference Guide 


Pansexual individuals have the capability of attraction to others regardless of their gender identity or biological sex, which can involve someone who is male, female, transgender, intersex, and/or nonbinary and identifies with any possible sexual orientation. However, this does not mean that pansexuals automatically like everyone or have no physical preferences. The identity of pansexual is commonly used to express the openness and fluidity of sexuality.

Pansexuality recognizes that there are more than two genders; some people opt to use this term instead of “bisexuality” in order to be more inclusive of people whose genders do not fit into the binary of male/man or female/woman. -- Stanford University Vaden Health Center