LGBTQ+ glossary

The IGLTA Foundation understands the importance of creating an LGBTQ+ glossary to help its members and network connect with the LGBTQ+ community and learn more. Having a glossary and understanding LGBTQ+ terminology is crucial for fostering inclusivity, promoting understanding, and creating a welcoming environment. Language has a powerful impact on how we perceive and treat others, and the glossary ensures respectful and accurate communication about diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and experiences.

By using the LGBTQ+ glossary, we validate and acknowledge the identities and experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals, reducing misunderstandings and erasure. It also helps us create safer spaces, cultivate empathy, and challenge harmful stereotypes and prejudices. The glossary supports education and allyship, enabling meaningful conversations, advocating for LGBTQ+ rights, and standing up against discrimination.

Embracing inclusive language is a vital step towards building an accepting and inclusive society for all. With the LGBTQ+ glossary, we can communicate with respect and understanding, contributing to the dismantling of discriminatory systems. The IGLTA Foundation and its members are committed to learning and promoting inclusivity, ensuring that everyone feels valued and respected, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

LGBTQ+ Glossary

Why is it important to have an LGBTQ+ glossary?

  1. Validate and Acknowledge: An LGBTQ+ glossary recognizes and affirms the identities and experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals, eliminating misunderstandings and erasure.

  2. Foster Inclusivity: By embracing LGBTQ+ terminology, we foster empathy and create safer spaces. Using inclusive language demonstrates respect for the diverse LGBTQ+ community.

  3. Challenge Stereotypes: Break down barriers and challenge harmful stereotypes by utilizing the LGBTQ+ glossary. Promote accurate and positive representations of LGBTQ+ individuals.

  4. Empower through Education: Access to the LGBTQ+ glossary empowers individuals to learn, engage in meaningful conversations, and advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. Stand against discrimination as an ally.

  5. Build an Inclusive Society: Embrace inclusive language to dismantle discriminatory systems and create a world where everyone is valued and respected.

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About the IGLTA Foundation

The IGLTA Foundation empowers LGBTQ+ welcoming tourism businesses globally through leadership, research and education. Founded in 2012, the foundation is the 501(c)3 public charity subsidiary of IGLTA and supports initiatives for industry organizations, leaders and communities to advance LGBTQ+ travel around the world.