We use this acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and asexual. In this context, it is used as an umbrella term for the entire community. We do acknowledge that there are many more identities not specifically called out in this acronym, however, which makes this practice problematic. As we have yet to come up with a better way of addressing the entire “non-heterosexual, non-cisgender” community without identifying ourselves as the negative of another group, this is what we will use for the time being. Check out the Trans Student Educational Resources LGBTQ+ Definitions.

There are many research sources available to you on campus, including the LGBTQA Resource Center library and the Northeastern University library. Specifically, you can reach out to Kathy Herrlich and check out the LGBTQ Studies.