It is not known exactly how many people in the world are straight and how many are not. We do have some statistics for the Netherlands, thanks to research done by Movisie, The Dutch Central Statistical Office, and Rutgers.

When asked, roughly 90% of respondents said they were heterosexual and 10% had a different sexual orientation.

Besides heterosexuality, there are a lot of other orientations. These sexual and romantic orientations are grouped together with some other sex and gender-based identities under the umbrella of LGBTQIA.

LGBTQIA Meaning Definition
L Lesbian A woman who is sexually and/or romantically attracted to other women
G Gay A man who is sexually and/or romantically attracted to other men
B Bisexual Someone who is sexually and/or romantically attracted to people of different genders
T Transgender Someone whose gender identity does not match the sex they were assigned at birth
Q Queer Someone who is not straight, but who does not feel comfortable putting themselves in a more specific box
I Intersex Someone who was born with both male and female sexual characteristics
A Asexual and Aromantic Someone who never feels sexually attracted to anyone
Someone who is never romantically interested in anyone

Some of these are identities that most people know about, but others may need more explanation than just one sentence.

buitendehokjes enTransgender is an umbrella term for anyone who feels like the words “man” or “woman” are too limited to fully describe their gender identity or whose gender is not the same as their biological sex. There are trans men (who were born with the body of a girl, but who are really men), trans women (who were born with the body of a man, but who are really women) and non-binary people (whose gender identity falls outside the labels of “man” and “woman”).

Many trans people want sex reassignment surgery. Trans people often feel much more like themselves once their bodies look like what is socially associated with their gender.

Intersex people are often raised as either men or women, which can sometimes be difficult for them later in life. Until recently, parents had to put either “girl” or “boy” on their babies’ birth certificates and passports would always say F or M. These days, intersex people can get an X on their passport (as explained in step 1 of the first lesson).

LGBTQIA groups a lot of identities together, but there are more. These are often added with a +. Besides LGBTQIA, you may also see LGBT+.

1) What kinds of problems do you think intersex people might face?
2) What makes the Q different from the others?