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LGBTQIA Sexual Health

A look into Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersexed and Asexual Health

Resources at Elon

  • Spectrum- Elon's gay-straight alliance organization.

 

Definitions/ Labels

Lesbian 

Term used to describe female-identified people attracted romantically,
erotically, and/or emotionally to other female-identified people. The term lesbian
is derived from the name of the Greek island of Lesbos and as such is sometimes
considered a Eurocentric category that does not necessarily represent the identities
of African-Americans and other non-European ethnic groups. This being said,
individual female-identified people from diverse ethnic groups, including African-Americans,
embrace the term ‘lesbian’ as an identity label.

Gay

1. Term used in some cultural settings to represent males who are
attracted to males in a romantic, erotic and/or emotional sense. Not all men who
engage in “homosexual behavior” identify as gay, and as such this label should
be used with caution. 2. Term used to refer to the LGBTQI community as a
whole, or as an individual identity label for anyone who does not identify as
heterosexual.

Bisexual

A person emotionally, physically, and/or sexually attracted to
males/men and females/women. This attraction does not have to be equally split
between genders and there may be a preference for one gender over others.

Transgender

A person who identifies psychologically as a gender/sex other
than the one to which they were assigned at birth. People who identify as transgender often wish to
transform their bodies hormonally and surgically to match their inner sense of
gender/sex.

Intersexed

Someone whose sex a doctor has a difficult time
categorizing as either male or female. A person whose combination of
chromosomes, gonads, hormones, internal sex organs, gonads, and/or genitals
differs from one of the two expected patterns.

Asexual

 Person who is not sexually attracted to anyone or does not have a
sexual orientation.

Source: Definitions directly taken from UC San Diego Resource Center

Coming Out

May refer to the process by which one accepts one’s own sexuality, gender identity, or status as an intersexed person (to “come out” to oneself). May also refer to the process by which one shares one’s sexuality,gender identity, or intersexed status with others (to “come out” to friends, etc.). This can be a continual, life-long process for homosexual, bisexual, transgendered, and intersexed individuals.

SafeZone

The purpose of SafeZone is to create a safer more inclusive environment for the LGBTQIA community on Elon's Campus. This is accomplished through faculty, staff, and students freely volunteering their time to become knowledgable on the community, so to show the LGBTQIA community that they are allies and wish to end negative stigma and discrimination against them. 

What is SafeZone? SafeZone is a voluntary, small group training designed to help campus community members provide a supportive and inclusive environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans*, intersex, queer, questioning and allied persons, as well as those in the process of defining their gender and/or sexuality.

SafeZone trainings are open to anyone no matter what their knowledge or comfort level. You are welcome to attend trainings to learn, to become an identifiable SafeZone ally or both. You can attend as many training sessions as you wish in order to learn. You are also welcome to request a training session for any group of 5 or more.

SafeZone trained individuals who want to self-identify as allies will receive a rainbow sign with their name on it. Please post the sign wherever appropriate to indicate that you are a safe person with whom to speak with about LGBTIQA issues..