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Explanation of Terms of the LGBT Community

The following is a list of everyday terms that are associated with the LGBT community as a resource to help answer questions that may arise from coaches, players, and parents.

  • LGBT - an acronym that stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender.
  • Lesbian - a term used to describe women attracted romantically, physically and/or emotionally to other women.
  • Gay - a term used to describe individuals who are primarily emotionally, physically and/or sexually attracted to members of the same sex and/or gender.
  • Bisexual - a person emotionally, physically and/or sexually attracted to both male/men and females/women.
  • Transgender - A person who lives as a member of a gender other than that expected based on sex assigned at birth. Being transgender does not imply any specific sexual orientation.
  • Sexual orientation - An inherent emotional, romantic or sexual attraction to other people.
  • Gender identity - An individual's concept of self as male or female. How individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves. One's gender identity can be the same or different from their sex assigned at birth.
  • Gender expression - External appearance of one's gender identity, usually expressed through behavior, clothing, haircut or voice, and which may or may not conform to socially defined behaviors and characteristics typically associated with being either masculine or feminine.

Remember: It may be difficult to know if an athlete is struggling with their sexual orientation or gender identity. However, the overarching goal is to provide a safe, respectful, and competitive environment for all constituents of the game.