Lesbian. Gay. Bisexual. Transgender. Queer. Simple, right? Not for everyone. As allies become more engaged in LGBTQ+ spaces and advocacy, they often have questions about “the plus.” Please join PFLAG National to learn more about terminology that goes beyond the basics. Whether you’re not a member of the LGBTQ+ community or a person who is LGBTQ+ looking to understand and serve as an ally to others in this space, this session will get you started and ready for conversations.

One of our key goals is to help you take the information that you learned in this session and use it to make your chapter stronger and more effective. To do that, we’ve created this page to provide you with tools, resources, and references to materials mentioned in the workshop. As always, the PFLAG National staff is here to help. If you have any questions, comments, or just need some good advice, please don’t hesitate to contact us

Visibility Days & Pride Celebrations

Nonbinary Gender Identities

The Bi+ Umbrella

Asexual & Aromantic Identities

The Interex Community

Polyamory

Visibility Days and Pride Celebrations

Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week (typically the week after Valentine’s Day)

Pansexual Visibility Day (May 24)

International Non-Binary People's Day (July 14)

#BiWeek (September 16-23)

Bisexuality Day (September 23)

International Pronouns Day (3rd Wednesday in October)

Intersex Awareness Day (October 26)

Ace Week (typically the last full week in October) 

National Polyamory Day (November 23)

Pansexual Pride Day (December 8) 

Nonbinary Gender Identities

Research: 

US Trans Survey (2015)

Organizations: 

Gender Spectrum

Gender Diversity

Gender Creative Kids

National Center for Transgender Equality

Books: 

Nonbinary: Memoirs of Gender and Identity

They/Them/Their: A Guide to Nonbinary and Genderqueer Identities

The Gender Book

Gender Diversity and Nonbinary Inclusion in the Workplace

PFLAG Resources: 

Our Trans Loved Ones (disponible en espanol)

the guide to being a trans ally

Straight for Equality: Trans Ally Materials

Normalize Not Knowing

The Bi+ Umbrella

Research: 

Invisible Majority: The Disparaties Facing Bisexual People and How to Remedy Them 

A Closer Look: Bisexual Transgender People

Bisexual adults are far less likely than gay men and lesbians to be ‘out’ to the people in their lives 

Organizations: 

Bisexual Resource Center

American Institute of Bisexuality

Bisexual Organizing Project

Bi.org

Books: 

Claiming the B in LGBT

A Guide to Pansexuality

Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World, Second Edition

Bisexual and Pansexual Identities: Exploring and Challenging Invisibility and Invalidation

Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution

PFLAG Resources: 

Something to Talk About Live - July 2, 2020

Something to Talk About Live - March 4, 2021

3 Steps to Being a Better Ally to People Who Are Bi+

Asexual and Aromantic Identities

Research: 

1.7% of sexual minority adults identify as asexual

Ace and Aro: Understanding Differences in Romantic Attractions Among Persons Identifying as Asexual

Asexual Community Survey

Organizations: 

Asexuality Visibility and Education Network (AVEN)

The Ace and Aro Advocacy Project (TAAAP)

Aromantic-spectrum Union for Recognition, Education, and Advocacy (AUREA)

Aces & Aros

Books: 

Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex

How to be Ace: A Memoir of Growing Up Asexual

The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality

Understanding Asexuality

PFLAG Resources: 

Something to Talk About Live - February 11, 2021

3 Steps to Being a Better Ally to People Who Are Ace/Aro

The Intersex Community

Research: 

Providing Ethical and Compassionate Health Care to Intersex Patients

Fact Sheet: Intersex

The Body, The Self: The care of people with intersex traits evolves as clinicians and researchers learn more—and listen more

“I Want to Be Like Nature Made Me” Medically Unnecessary Surgeries on Intersex Children in the US

A national study on the physical and mental health of intersex adults in the U.S.

Organizations: 

InterACT

Intersex Campaign for Equality

#4Intersex

Books: 

XOXY: A Memoir

A Comprehensive Guide to Intersex

The Spectrum of Sex: The Science of Male, Female, and Intersex

Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex

PFLAG Resources: 

PFLAG Policy Statement

3 Steps to Being a Better Ally to People Who Are Intersex

Polyamory

Research: 

"Things are opening up": Non-monogamy is more common than you'd think

One-third of Americans say their ideal relationship is non-monogamous

Perceptions of primary and secondary relationships in polyamory

Organizations: 

Loving Without Boundaries

Loving More

Normalizing Non-Monogamy

The Polyamory Society

Books: 

More Than Two: A Practical Guide to Ethical Polyamory

Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships

A Happy Life in an Open Relationship: The Essential Guide to a Healthy and Fulfilling Nonmonogamous Love Life

The Polyamorists Next Door: Inside Multiple-Partner Relationships and Families

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