b'UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORTING LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, AND QUESTIONING STUDENTS Some of the key developmental tasks for college students include identity formation, establishing mature relationships, and learning to manage emotions. During this time our students may be questioning or exploring their sexuality and/or gender identity for the first time. This can be both an exhilarating and liberating experience, or a terrifying and shame-ridden time. They may not have friends with whom they can openly discuss their sexuality or gender identity. Additionally, seeking support and validation from families may be more difficult. In fact, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) students minority status may be completely invisible to those around them. These students can feel quite isolated and often are not sure where to find support. There are many ways to reassure a student that you are open to learning about them and who they are. Even a simple Safe Space or rainbow sticker displayed on an office window or bulletin board can help a student feel more welcomed and comfortable. Most professionals are now quite familiar with lesbian, gay, and bisexual issues, but far fewer are well-educated about transgender issues. Transgender is an umbrella term that refers to anyone who doesnt fit the typical, traditional, binary gender categories or roles. This includes transsexuals, cross-dressers (in the past known as transvestites), genderqueer persons (those who identify with both female and male or neither gender) and others. Gender identityGeneral Concerns114'