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LGBTQIA

What is LGBTQIA?

LGBTQIA is an acronym that stands for gay, genderqueer, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, questioning, queer, intersex, ally and asexual. This acronym is also commonly written as GLBT, LGBT, and other variations. Although it is problematic, some people use the words gay or queer to mean "LGBTQIA." UMKC provides housing options to all students, regardless of sexual orientation, sexual identity, or gender.

All definitions below adapted from Trans-Academics.org

Lesbian

A girl or woman who has significant (to oneself) sexual or romantic attractions primarily to members of the same gender or sex, or who identifies as a member of the lesbian community.

Something our lesbian students may want to think about is rooming with someone who is not your partner, especially during your first year at school. Because many of our students are living with someone else for the first time, this tends to put unnecessary stress on relationships. Many couples who choose to live together their first year of college may also break up, creating an awkward living situation, as well.

Gay

One who has significant (to oneself) sexual or romantic attractions primarily to members of the same gender or sex, or who identifies as a member of the gay community. May be of any gender identity, but is often used to refer to gay males.

Something our gay students may want to think about is rooming with someone who is not your partner, especially during your first year at school. Because many of our students are living with someone else for the first time, this tends to put unnecessary stress on relationships. Many couples who choose to live together their first year of college may also break up, creating an awkward living situation, as well.

Genderqueer

A person who feels they don't fit in society's gender binary. Often, but not always, this identity includes a political desire to challenge society's gender norms and gender identity.

Bi(sexual)

One who has significant (to oneself) sexual or romantic attractions to members of both the same gender and/or sex and another gender and/or sex, or who identifies as a member of the bisexual community.

Something our bisexual students may want to think about is rooming with someone who is not your partner, especially during your first year at school. Because many of our students are living with someone else for the first time, this tends to put unnecessary stress on relationships. Many couples who choose to live together their first year of college may also break up, creating an awkward living situation, as well.

Transgender (Trans)

A person who transgresses gender norms and self identifies as transgender. Often used as an umbrella term which can, but does not necessarily, include androgynes; cross dresssers; genderqueers; non-, bi-, or third-gendered people; drag queens and kings; men; women; two-spirit people; genderbenders; intersex people; transsexuals and others. Transgender people can have any sexual orientation.

Transgender students have several options when it comes to housing at UMKC. We do our best to accommodate the needs and requests of all of our students.

If you are a transgender student looking for on-campus housing, you may indicate this on the online contract or select the gender with which you identify. You may also call our office to talk to someone if you do not feel comfortable selecting one of the gender options on the contract. We have a number of single rooms available, as well as our apartments which feature private bathrooms if that is your preference. We will also do our best to assist you in finding a comfortable group living situation in one of our four-person suites if you prefer that option.

Transsexual (TS)

One who changes one's sex to align with one's gender identity. People who live as a member of a different gender than they were assigned at birth prefer to be called man or woman as appropriate for their chosen gender. May be of any gender identity.

Queer

Reclaimed derogatory slang for the sexual minority community (e.g., Queer Nation). Not accepted by all the sexual minority community, especially older members.

Questioning

One who is in the process of questioning their sexual identity/orientation/preference.

Intersex

One whose external genitalia at birth do not match the standards for male or female, or one whose sex glands do not totally match the sex assigned at birth, or one whose sexual development does not match the sex assigned at birth.

Ally

A person who confronts homophobia, heterosexism, heterosexual privilege, biphobia, transphobia and society's gender norms in themselves and others on both a personal and institutional level.

Asexual

One who has no significant (to oneself) interest in sexual activity, or who identifies as asexual.

 

Safe Space Training

Unlike more visible under-represented groups, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex (LGBTQI) persons cannot be readily identified. Likewise, there is no easy method of identifying allies who are supportive of LGBTQI issues. As one component of the UMKC LGBTQIA Resource Center, Safe Space Training strives to provide a way for understanding and supportive persons within the University community to prominently identify themselves. These students, faculty and staff proudly display a "Safe Space" sign on their doors and in their offices to signify their commitment as a resource and open ear. There are two campus-wide Safe Space Trainings per semester open to anyone interested. You can also request a Safe Space Training for your residence hall floor, student organization, or class by contacting the LGBTQIA Resource Center at lgbtqia@umkc.edu.

Resources

UMKC LGBTQIA Resource Center

Student Union, Suite 320

816-235-6556

lgbtqia@umkc.edu

www.umkc.edu/lgbt

Facebook Group

Queer Alliance Student Organization

Website

Facebook Group