Educational Resources

The MarcDavid LGBTQ Center offers multiple training opportunities for faculty, staff and students. Anyone can request a training for classes, department meetings, events, etc. We can even develop custom trainings for a specific topic or audience!

Available Training

In-person training is currently unavailable, but you can request Zoom trainings by emailing

  • LGBTQ+ 101
  • Gender 101 (aka Trans 101)
  • Gender 102 (aka Trans 102)
  • The Platinum Rule
  • Privilege and Microaggressions
  • Call Out Culture and Tone Policing
  • Custom Trainings Available!

Free Online Educational Resources

Training by CCP Staff

Videos made by CCP Student, Cooper Kidd (they/them)

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Videos Produced by MTV

Chosen Name Policy

You can change your first name yourself in most College systems by filling out one form! It may take up to a week for every system to update completely, but most should be updated within 24 hours. You can also get a new student ID with your correct name!

Just follow these steps:

  1. First, go to and log-in to your account.
  2. In the menu at the top of the page, click the Student tab.
  3. Once on the student tab, go the the left side column and select “Enrollment Services”
  4. Under Enrollment Services, select “Update Contact Information” which will open a new tab or browser window.
  5. In the new tab, find the section labeled “CHOSEN/PREFERRED FIRST NAME” (not in the instructions at the top, it’s a little further down the page).
  6. Type in the name you want displayed in Canvas, and make sure it’s only your first name, do not include your last name or it will appear twice everywhere.
  7. Double check that there are no typos, and click “Update Preferred Name”
  8. Wait 24 hours to give time for our servers to update your name in Banner.

Then you’re done, please wait at least one business day before requesting a new student ID! If your canvas or email name is not updating within one week, please email for additional support!

LGBTQ+ Vocabulary


Sexual Orientation or Sexuality n. – An identity related to whom a person is emotionally, romantically, or sexually attracted.

Lesbian n. – Typically a woman who is attracted to women.

Gay adj. – 1. Typically a man who is attracted to men. 2. Sometimes an umbrella term that includes all people who are attracted to people who are the same gender as them.

Bisexual adj. n. – 1. A person who is attracted to genders the same as their own and different than their own. 2. A person who is attracted to two or more genders.

Pansexual adj. n. – A person who whose attraction to others is not based on that person’s gender.

Asexual adj. n. – 1. A person with little to no interest in, or desire for, sexual activity. 2. A person who does not experience sexual attraction.

Demisexual adj. n. – A person who requires an emotional or romantic attraction to a person in order to be sexually attracted to them.

Queer adj. – 1. An umbrella term used to describe the overall LGBTQ Community. 2. A person who is not straight. {While some people like this term because of its less specific definition, others find it offensive because of its pejorative origins as a slur before it was reclaimed by the community.}

Questioning n. – 1. The act of exploring one’s own identity. 2. A temporary identity used as a placeholder while a person explores their identity.

Gender and Sex

Gender n. – 1. An identity related to the concepts of masculinity, femininity, and neutrality, based on modern social constructs and historical cultural roles. 2. An expression of how you perform or communicate this identity to others.

Transgender or trans adj. – An umbrella term for people whose gender identity is different from the gender they were assigned at birth. Transgender is an adjective, and should therefore always be followed by a noun ex. transgender person/woman/man and never used with suffixes (ex. transgenders and transgendered are not words.)

Cisgender or cis adj. – 1. A person whose gender identity aligns with the gender they were assigned at birth based on their biological sex.  2. Not transgender

Biological Sex n. – A category of people based on genes/chromosomes, hormones, reproductive organs, and secondary sex characteristics. Sex is separated into three categories: female, male, and intersex. {Sex and gender are not the same and many people find it offensive to be defined by their biology. For example, it can be offensive to refer to a trans person based on biological sex or to call women “females”.}

Intersex adj. – A person whose biological sex does not fit typical definitions for male or female. Intersex is an adjective, and should therefore always be followed by a noun (ex. Intersex person) and never used with suffixes (ex. Intersexed is not a word.)

Nonbinary or non-binary adj. – An umbrella term for people whose gender does not fit within the binary of man/woman.

Genderqueer adj. – An umbrella term, very similar to nonbinary. Like the term queer, this term is preferred by many for being more amorphous, while others dislike the pejorative roots of the word.

Genderfluid or gender fluid adj. – A person whose gender is not static. A genderfluid person’s gender identity and the pronouns they use may change from day to day.

Agender adj. – A person who does not identify with any gender, and considers themselves to be genderless, neutrally gendered, or actively deciding not to label their gender.