How to use this guide

Each section has been written to be ‘stand - alone’ and therefore the content can be dipped into as relevant and in bite-size chunks.

At the end of each section there is a practical section outlined in boxes that makes suggestions as follows:

1.      A discussion point based on the content in that section

2.      A suggested activity to be undertaken as an individual or with  staff/partners

3.      Examples and case studies of the work in practice

4.      Practical considerations – a ‘take away’ tip

Glossary

Bisexual: someone who is attracted to people of the same and the opposite gender.

BME: abbreviation of the term black and minority ethnic.

Gay: a man or a woman who is attracted to people of the same gender.

Lesbian: a woman who is attracted to other women.  Women who are attracted to other women may identify as lesbian or as gay women.

LGB: the abbreviation of lesbian, gay and bisexual.

LGB&T: the abbreviation of lesbian, gay and bisexual and trans.

Homophobia: is the hatred, fear or lack of understanding of people who are gay or lesbian or those who are perceived to be.

Biphobia: is the hatred, fear or lack of understanding of people who are bisexual.

Sexual orientation: sexual orientation is a way of describing those you are emotionally and sexually attracted to.

Trans: is an umbrella term used to describe people whose gender identity

and/or expression differs from that which they were assigned at birth, including but not limited to people who are:

  • Transgender
  • Transsexual
  • Cross-dressers
  • Transvestites

The four orientations listed above are by no means exclusive, and some people may identify themselves as queer (this can be anything outside of lesbian, gay, bisexual or straight relationships) or asexual (not feeling sexually attracted to anyone).

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