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June is Pride Month! Celebrate by learning more about how to support LGBTQ-IA Students.

What Does LGBTQ-IA Mean?

  • Lesbian – A female- identified person who is attracted romantically, physically, or emotionally to another female-identified person.
  • Gay – A person, mainly a male-identified person, who is attracted romantically, physically, or emotionally to another a person of the same sex.
  • Bisexual – A person who is attracted romantically, physically, or emotionally to both men and women.
  • Transgender – A person who is a member of a gender other than that expected based on anatomical sex.
  • Queer – An umbrella term which embraces a variety of sexual preferences, orientations, and habits of those who do not adhere to the heterosexual and cisgender majority. The term queer includes, but is not exclusive to lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transpeople, and intersex persons, traditionally, this term is derogatory and hurtful, however, many people who do not adhere to sexual and/or gender norms use it to self-identify in a positive way.
  • Intersex – Someone who’s physical sex characteristics are not categorized as exclusively male or exclusively female.
  • Asexual – A person who does not have a sexual orientation.  A person that does not experience a sexual attraction but can experience a romantic, emotional, or aesthetic attraction to another person.
  • Ally – A person who does not identify as LGBTQIA, but supports the rights and safety of those who do

American School Counseling Association (ASCA) Position Statements

Manuals and Guides

Parent Support

Instructional Resources

Links to State of Iowa resources

Links to National resources

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    Ext 0400 | Randi M.
    Ext 0424 | Jeremy C.
    Email: info@iaschoolcounselor.org
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