LGBTQI Americans encompass a diverse group in terms of race, ethnic or cultural identity, age, gender expression, physical mobility, national identity, and religion. Even the criteria that seemingly defines them as a group, sexual or gender identity, shows a wide range of differences. Generally, sex and sexuality relate to the physical body and identity, while gender relates to social identity. Issues and interests of LGBTQI focus on civil and human rights, health, economic and political equity, protection from violence or hate crimes, legal issues, public access and accommodation, and social issues. The acronym usually stands for:
These are some of the terms that students may need for a research project. Other terms may be useful in addition to those listed below.
Plural or singular forms as well as variant spellings, variant word endings
Combine a word for gender or sexual identity with a topic word or phrase, for example: gay artists, homosexual literature, lesbian psychology, homosexuality and scholarly studies
Add a phrase such as legal aspects, social impact, economic effect. Slang or street terms.
Words from your textbook, technical or scholarly terms
Avoid using hyphens in words where they normally occur; use a space instead
The following guides may also provide relevant sources of information or topic ideas.