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Explanation of how to use (and not use!) words and phrases
Commonly Confused Words
Pronouns, Gender, and much more!
do you want to be a better ally?
The Language of LGBTQIA+ will help you learn and understand the words and phrases that you don't understand but are afraid to ask how to use properly!
LACK OF KNOWLEDGE
Unless you are Gen Z, you are likely lagging in your understanding of the language of LGBTQIA+. You are not alone - stop beating yourself up for what you feel you "should" know! The fact that you are on this page means you are curious and I applaud that. Whether you have an LGBTQIA+ child, friend, relative, colleague, or just want to expand your vocabulary and knowledge, this comprehensive guide is written just for you!
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE LOOK LIKE IF YOU DO NOTHING?
What does the future look like? In short, quite lonely and unevolved. You may be thinking - that's dramatic - but hear (or read!) me out. Language is ever-evolving. Now is the perfect time to learn the what, how and why of the language of LGBTQIA+ because it is going to continue to move forward. Your choices are to stay stuck in time or take an opportunity for personal growth. You will make mistakes - we all do - but it is far better to make mistakes while trying and learning than to stay silent. We all have an LGBTQIA+ person in our life - imagine how moved they will be by your effort!
After close to a year of research, observing behavior, and talking to MANY LGBTQIA+ people, I created the solution to this...
What Others Say
Working in schools it is important to be completely up to date with inclusive language. Heather's "The Language of LGBTQIA+" is everything you need in one workshop! I have it easily accessible as I navigate working with teenagers.
Eden Olson, Ph.D.
Parent and Educator
WOW! What a good read! I enjoyed your opening remarks—I am always wanting to ask questions but afraid to insult someone. Sincere Curiosity is a "real thing”.
This book was so informative and answered so many questions for me. I was able to learn lots of valuable information. Answered so many questions and explained so many terms that I have questioned and now I feel i have much more knowledge. What a wonderful resource.
This ebook is an essential tool to navigating discourse in LGBT spaces. I highly recommend this to anyone who feels unsure about how to properly use queer terminology. Readers can expect to gain a clear understanding of nuanced language, including do's and don'ts.
A little info about...
I am the founder of Chrysalis Mama and the creator of the podcast, Just Breathe: Parenting Your LGBTQ Teen. I am also a "coming out" coach for parents of LGBTQIA+ adolescents, teens, and young adults as well as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion speaker, partnering with corporations to support and educate their employees on all topics surrounding loving and raising an LGBTQIA+ child.