Learning about LGBTIQ

What is LGBTIQ

You’ve probably seen the letters LGBTIQ surrounded by rainbow flags and you’re wondering what it’s all about. These are just a few of the many signs and symbols people use to represent the diversity of sex, gender and sexuality found in humans. We celebrate this diversity at Monash, and you can learn more by reading below.

LGBTIQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer. You may have seen alternative versions of the abbreviation such as GLBT, LGBTQIA+, LGBTTIQQ2SA or LGBTIH, to name just a few. Sometimes, you’ll see the word Queer used as an umbrella term for these various identities as well.

Understanding sex, gender and sexuality

Diversity within sex, gender and sexuality is the focus that brings LGBTIQ communities together. If you want to learn about the myriad concepts encompassed by LGBTIQ, see our article ‘Understanding sex, gender and sexuality’.

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International student podcast

Check out our podcast, ‘The LGBTQIA+ Community’ (episode 20 of the Your Journey to Monash podcast series). Andrea, Joy and Budi talk about the basic terms you might come across in Australia (Part 1), and their experiences with services for LGBTQIA+ international students on and off campus (Part 2).

Listen to episode 20