Introduction to LGBTQ+ Identities and Inclusive Language


The Spectrum Center's Introduction to LGBTQ+ Identities & Inclusive Language Workshop was designed to support an individual, department, or organization in their knowledge development of LGBTQ+ terminology, inclusivity, and advocacy.

Learning objectives included:

  • Understand terminology related to LGBTQ identities
  • Gain familiarity with various identity terms outside the gender binary
  • Make distinctions between sex assigned at birth, gender identity, gender expression, and attractionality (sexual orientation)
  • Critically think about the societal construction and expectations of gender identity and gender expression
  • Identify some practical strategies for working to create an inclusive space for LGBTQ+ folks

This was an introductory workshop, yet the content is fundamental to building a safe and inclusive environment. 


  • Elizabeth Gonzalez (she/her/hers)