Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning RESOURCE GUIDE

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,

Transgender, Queer and

Questioning

Office of

Mentoring, Advocacy and Peer Support

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The University of Central Missouri is committed

to supporting a diverse campus community.

In fulfillment of that commitment, this resource

guide will help start conversations to create an

inclusive, student-centered

campus community.

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The University of Central Missouri is committed

to supporting a diverse campus community.

In fulfillment of that commitment, this resource

guide will help start conversations to create an

inclusive, student-centered

campus community.

LGBTQ Group

Hosted by the UCM Counseling Center, this group will present an opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning individuals to explore life challenges.

LGBTQ Mentoring

This MAPS program pairs undergraduate students with faculty, staff and graduate students to help students come to terms with their sexuality or gender identity and facilitate personal growth for the mentor and mentee.

LGBTQ Resource Collection

The collection is a growing number of books, movies and other resources in the MAPS office related to gender, sexual orientation and the LGBTQ community. The materials are available for free checkout to UCM students, faculty and staff for up to four weeks.

Safe Zone Training

Safe Zone is offered jointly by the Counseling Center and MAPS. This program offers information and training to faculty, staff and students who want to learn more about supporting LGBTQ individuals on our campus. For more information, or to sign up for a training, visit

ucmo.edu/safezone or contact safezone@ucmo.edu.

UCM Prism

This student organization is for any student no matter where they identify along the gender and sexuality spectrum. For more information and the most current meeting times and places, search “University of Central Missouri Prism” on Facebook.

Contact the Counseling Center at 660-543-4060

or visit Humphreys 131 to join the LGBTQ Group

or learn more about Safe Zone Training.

SUPPORT PROGRAMS

AND RESOURCES

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Ally

A member of the majority who supports equal rights for those of the minority.

Bisexual/Bi

A person who has sexual and/or emotional relationships with or feelings towards both men and women, not necessarily at the same time.

Gay

A term most often used to describe a man who is attracted to and may form sexual and/or romantic relationships with another man.

Lesbian

A term used to describe a woman who is attracted to and may form sexual and romantic relationships with another woman.

Pansexual

A term used to describe someone who is attracted to and may form sexual and/or romantic relationships with someone regardless of that persons’ gender-identity or genitalia.

Transgender

A person whose self-identity does not conform to conventional notions of male or female sexes.

Two Spirit/Twin Spirit

A term of reverence in Native American communities traditionally referring to people who display both masculine and feminine sex or gender characteristics.

COMMONLY

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Androgyny

Displaying physical and social characteristics identified in this culture as both female and male to the degree that the persons’ outward appearances and mannerisms make it difficult to determine their biological sex.

Cisgender

Someone who identifies with the gender they are assigned at birth.

Gender

A socially constructed system of classification that describes qualities of masculinity and femininity to people.

Outing

Publicly revealing the sexual orientation and/or gender identity of an individual who has chosen to keep that information private.

Sex

The biological (anatomical, hormonal or genetic) traits used to categorize someone as either male or female.

Transitioning

The process a transgender individual undergoes to publically change their gender expression to match their gender

identity. Transitioning often includes changes in name, clothing and appearance, and may include anatomical changes. Queer A reclaimed word, often used by individuals who wish to challenge norms of sexuality and/or gender expression as well as to defy identities and labeling.

COMMONLY

USED

TERMS

Terms to be used carefully or avoided:

Language is ever changing with words shifting from derogatory, to being reclaimed and used for

empowerment. Always ask a person how they identify themselves before labeling.

Dyke:Traditionally used as a slang term for lesbian,

dyke has been reclaimed by some lesbian gr

oups such as Dykes on Bikes.

Fag/Faggot:Almost always used der

ogatorily fag refers to a less masculine or gay man.

Homosexual:Because of its clinical history

, homosexual can be used to say that gay or lesbian people are somehow diseased or psychologically/

emotionally disordered.

Tranny, He-She, She-Male, etc.:

These terms are almost always offensive and do not validate identities

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PRONOUNS:

A HOW-TO GUIDE

Subject

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laughed at the notion of gender binary.

Object

They tried to convince

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that asexuality does not exist.

Possessive

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favorite color is unknown.

Possessive Pronoun

The pronoun card is

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.

Reflexive

1

thinks highly of

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e/ey em eir eirs eirself

he him his his himself

[name] [name] [name]’s [name]’s [name]’s self

per per pers pers perself

she her her hers herself

sie sir hir hirs hirself

they them their theirs themselves

ve ver vis vers verself

zie zim zir zers zirself

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This pronoun list is not an

exhaustive list. It is good

practice to ask which

pronouns a person uses.

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Contact us!

University of Central Missouri Dockery 212 Warrensburg, MO 64093 660-543-4156 Fax: 660-543-8613

ucmo.edu/maps

Office of Mentoring,

Advocacy and Peer Support

To view the University of Central Missouri’s Nondiscrimination/Equal Opportunity Statement, visit ucmo.edu/nondiscrimination.

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