Exploring Identities

Everyone has intersecting identities. Everyone has an identity or lived experience that is influenced by their racial/ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religious/faith tradition, family structure, geographic origin, socioeconomic status, and ability/disability. For people coming out with respect to sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression this emerging identity may be perceived as conflicting or mutually exclusive of these other aspects of identity (e.g., between sexual orientation and spiritual beliefs).

People often seek out community based on identities that influence their lived experiences. It may be challenging for people who hold multiple marginalized identities to find community.

For example LGBTIQA+ identified folks may find community in LGBTIQA+ organizations but if an organization is not inclusive in terms of people who are not white, then an LGBTIQA+ person who is Asian or African American may not feel welcomed.  However, those same people may not feel welcomed in a predominantly Asian or African American community if that community is not inclusive of people who are LGBTIQA+ identified.

It is always best to give resources that are  specific to the needs and/or identities that a person says are important to them. Resources are not necessarily “one-size-fits-all." When giving resources, be mindful of intersecting identities.

Asexuality, Attraction, and Romantic Orientation

Learn the different forms of romantic orientation.

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Religion and Spirituality

Learn about issues surrounding LGBTIQA+ people and religion.

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Coming Out

Resources for understanding the issues around coming out.

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Disability and LGBTIQA+ Identities

Information for people with disabilities and who also identify as LGBTIQA+.

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Race/Ethnicity and LGBTIQA+ Identities

Learn about issues affecting persons of color who are LGBTIQA+ identified.

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Information about identity issues for people with intersex conditions.

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Bisexual / Pansexual Identities

Learn about the unique issues faced by people with bisexual/pansexual identities.

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Transgender Identities

Understanding Transgender Identities.

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