Inclusive language is one step towards ensuring our LGBTQIA+ community is recognised and respected.
According to the LGBTIQ INCLUSIVE LANGUAGE GUIDE for the Victorian Public Sector Guide, "inclusive language is a way of acknowledging and respecting the diversity of bodies, genders and relationships."
This guide recognises some fundamental principles when it comes to inclusive language:
1. Don't assume a person is heterosexual.
2. Gender, sex and sexuality are all separate concepts.
3. LGBTQIA+ is diverse and constantly evolving.
4. Practice makes perfect, so keep trying.
5. Don't ask if you don't have to.
6. Consider what the law says.
7. Being LGBTQIA+ isn't a preference or a lifestyle choice.
You can read the LGBTIQ INCLUSIVE LANGUAGE GUIDE for the Victorian Public Sector Guide here.