Definitions and Beyond (Proud and Supported Series)

There are many ways to identify. Everyone is different and that’s good! This guide, “Definitions and Beyond,” will explain some of the ways people identify. Maybe you are LGBTQ+ and want to learn more about the community, or maybe you are looking for ways to be an ally. With this guide, you can learn more and help make the world a better place for LGBTQ+ people!

This guide will talk about things like:

  • What being LGBTQ+ is
  • The different ways people can identify and present themselves
  • What different kinds of discrimination against LGBTQ+ people there are
  • What stereotypes are and why they are bad
  • How to find community and support if you feel bad about being different

And more!

The toolkit is available in two versions:

Our Easy Read edition. The Easy Read version uses pictures along with large text, and has more white space. Click here to download the Easy Read version of “Definitions and Beyond.”

A Plain Language version without accompanying graphics. Click here to download the Plain Language version of “Definitions and Beyond.”

This resource was made possible due to generous funding from the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (NYS DDPC). It was developed in collaboration with the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) and the Burton-Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University.