LGBTIQA+ inclusive language guide

This guide explains how to use language respectfully and inclusively when working with and referring to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex, queer, questioning and asexual people. It's for Victorian public sector employees.

Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
27 Oct 2023

This guide is for public sector employees. Use it to ensure you use inclusive language for LGBTIQA+ people.

The guide aims to support public sector entities and their employees. We all have a responsibility to make Victoria a safer, fairer and more inclusive place for everyone.

Language is very powerful. It can be discriminatory, harmful and limiting. It can also provide people with the ability to describe their identities and experiences. We should always be mindful how we communicate with other people.