What does it all mean?
LGBTQQIAA is an acronym for the various sexual orientations and gender identities that vary from heterosexual and cisgender. The acronym stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and Ally. You can learn more about the specific definitions and distinctions of these orientation and identities by clicking the link below.
Orientation vs identity
It is important to note that our sexual orientation and our gender identity are not necessarily linked. For instance, it is a common misconception that transgender people are also gay, but this is false. Each of us has a sexual orientation and a gender identity. Our orientation is a sexual or romantic attraction to either the same gender (homosexual), other gender (heterosexual), or both/many genders (bisexual and pansexual). Our gender identity is how we express our femininity, masculinity, both, or neither. The link below helps to explain this further and also gives various links to address the specifics of varying orientations and identities.
Transgender vs transgendered
We have addressed this on other pages of our website, but it is important to say transgender and not transgendered or cisgender and not cisgendered. Using the past tense in reference to gender implies that it is something that happened to us rather than our identity.
Trans vs trans*
Years ago, the asterisk was used at the end of trans as a way to include all members of the trans community, including individuals who were transgender, transsexual, etc. It did not take long for people to begin using the asterisk to promote binarism and transmisogyny, especially by cisgender women making a point to separate trans women from cisgender women as if they weren't "real women."
other important terms and definitions
Agender - http://gender.wikia.com/wiki/Agender
Androgyne - http://gender.wikia.com/wiki/Androgyne
Genderqueer - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genderqueer
Pansexual - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pansexuality
Third Gender - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_gender
Transmisogynoir - http://sjwiki.org/wiki/Transmisogynoir#.VzEqdKODGko
Transsexual - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transsexual
Two-Spirit - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two-Spirit