The best thing about uni is that EVERYONE is different. For some that may mean they are a part of the LGBTQI+ community. Here at Arc we are accepting of everyone, no matter their preference, pronouns or how they identify.
While most LGBTQI+ students are healthy and happy, we can't ignore the research.
A disproportionate number experience poorer mental health outcomes and have higher risk of suicidal behaviours than their peers. These health outcomes are directly related to experiences of stigma, prejudice, discrimination and abuse on the basis of being LGBTQI+
Here's a glossary of LGBTQI+ friendly terms!
Lesbian (a woman who is attracted to a woman)
Gay (someone who is attracted to people of the same gender)
Bisexual (someone who is attracted to their gender and other genders)
Transgender or trans people (someone whose personal and gender identity is different from the one they were assigned at birth)
Queer (this term has many different meanings but it has been reclaimed by many as a proud term to describe sexuality and gender diversity that is anything other than heterosexual)
Intersex (someone who is born with reproductive or sexual anatomy that is not whole male or female)
Asexual (someone who is not sexually attracted to any gender, but may have a romantic attraction towards another person)
Pansexual (someone who is attracted to people regardless of their specific gender identity or sexual expression)
+ all other diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.