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What does trans*/transgender mean?


What does trans*/transgender mean?

Trans* and transgender represent a person’s gender identity and gender expression. In other words, whether they identify as male, female or other, and how they express their gender through things like clothes or style.

The meaning of trans* and transgender

Trans* is used as an umbrella term meaning it covers multiple identities. Such as gender queer, non-binary and genderfluid. Transgender is more specific and simply describing trans men and trans women. It is often seen that trans* folks will use pronouns such as they and them because it is gender neutral.

What does the trans* community look like?

Trans* folks are everywhere and are in every community. Some of the well known people are Janet Mock, Laverne Cox and Jazz Jennings. Trans* folks are perfectly able to be successful individuals. Common struggles the trans* community faces are violence, homelessness and lack of mental health resources.

Have questions about yourself?

The Teen Health Center is a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community. This means whoever you like, whoever you have sex with, however you identify and express yourself; we welcome you! Need more support and guidance? Call the LGBT National Youth Talkline at 1-800-PRIDE (7743). This serves youth up to age 25. They provide peer counseling, information and local services. There is also a Trans Teens Talk Group for trans teens ages 12-19 on Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST.

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What does LGBTQ+ mean?


What does LGBTQ+ mean?

LGBTQ+ is an acronym for individuals’ sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. About 3.5% of adults in the United States identify as LGBTQ+.

The meaning of LGBTQ+

  • L – Lesbian
  • G – Gay
  • B – Bisexual
  • T – Trans (an umbrella term for other gender identities and expressions)
  • Q – Queer
  • + – Includes other various sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions that identify with the LGBTQ+ community

LGBTQ+ community

Often when people think of the LGBTQ+ community, they think of rainbows and parades. LGBTQ+ people are just like everyone else. They are politicians, actors, musicians and basically every other profession. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being in the LGBTQ+ community. Many health problems the LGTBQ+ community faces include bullying, violence and discrimination. On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court voted that all states must allow same-sex marriages.

Have questions about yourself?

The Teen Health Center is a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community. This means whoever you like, whoever you have sex with, however you identify and express yourself; we welcome you! Need more support and guidance? Call the LGBT National Youth Talkline at 1-800-PRIDE (7743). This serves youth up to age 25. They provide peer counseling, information and local services.

Access other services or learn more about LGBTQ+ health and lifestyle here: