We believe strongly in the importance of an inclusive learning community, and support each student's pursuit of their goals.


Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Resources

  • FORGE is a national transgender anti-violence organization, founded in 1994. Since 2009, we have been federally funded to provide direct services to transgender, gender non-conforming and gender non-binary survivors of sexual assault.
  • National Crisis Support for Transgender People Trans Lifeline (877) 565-8860
  • YWCA –Sexual Assault Crisis Service. Confidential 24-hour hotline English – (888) 999-5545, Spanish – (888) 568-8332, local Hartford – (860) 547-1022 To make an appointment contact Amanda Carrington, College Advocate, at 860-215-8179

         Non Confidential at Asnuntuck Community College Resources

  • Yhara Zelinka, Title IX Coordinator, (860) 253-3092 yzelinka@asnuntuck.edu
  • Security: Monday to Thursday 7:00am to 10:00 pm, Friday: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am -4:00 pm. Contact: (860) 253-3012 or (860) 253-3013
  • Any members of the Sexual Assault Resource Team  S.A.R.T.

        Other Resources on Campus: Pride Student Club contact Laurie Chancey at lchancey@asnuntuck.edu

For any questions regarding Title IX please contact Yhara Zelinka, Academic Advisor and Title IX/Diversity Coordinator at the Center for Advising & Student Achievement (C.A.S.A) Room 111 (860) 253-3092 or yzelinka@asnuntuck.edu

Important Terminology

  • Asexual: Person who is not sexually attracted to anyone but can still experience/feel romantic attraction or aesthetic attraction.
  • Bisexual: A person who is physically, and/or sexually attracted to two or more genders. This attraction does not have to be equally split between genders and there may be a preference for one gender over others.
  • Cisgender: A person whose preferred gender identity matches the one designated to them at birth.
  • Demisexual: A person who does not experience sexual attraction until they have a strong emotional bond with a person.
  • Gay: 1) Term used in some cultural settings to represent males who are attracted to males in a romantic, erotic and/or emotional sense. Not all men who engage in “homosexual behavior” identify as gay, and as such this label should be used with caution. 2) Term used to refer to the LGBTQIA community as a whole, or as an individual identity label for anyone who does not identify as heterosexual.
  • Gender: A societal construct based on the binary gender assigned at birth and expectations then expected based on that assignment. The state of being male or female (typically used with reference to social and cultural differences rather than biological ones): traditional concepts of gender.
  • Gender Identity: refers to an individual’s internal sense of gender. A person’s gender identity may be different from or the same as the person’s sex assigned at birth.
  • Gender binary: The idea that there are only two genders-male/female or man/woman and that a person must be strictly gendered as either/or.
  • Gender non-conforming: Gender identities that exist outside of the gender binary.
  • Gender neutral: Suitable for, applicable to, or common to all genders. Not referring to either sex but only to people in general <gender-neutral language>
  • Gender expression: How one represents or expresses one’s gender identity to others, often through behavior, clothing, hairstyle, body features and voice characteristics.
  • Gender transition refers to the process in which transgender individuals begin asserting the sex that corresponds to their gender identity instead of the sex they were assigned at birth. During gender transition, individuals begin to live and identify as the sex consistent with their gender identity and may dress differently, adopt a new name, and use pronouns consistent with their gender identity. Transgender individuals may undergo gender transition at any stage of their lives, and gender transition can happen swiftly or over a long duration of time.
  • Heterosexual: Pertaining to a person’s sexual attraction to the opposite sex within the gender binary.
  • Homosexual: A person physically, and/or sexually attracted to members of the same sex.
  • Intersex: Someone whose sex a doctor has a difficult time categorizing as either male or female. A person whose combination of chromosomes, gonads, hormones, internal sex organs,and/or genitals differs from one of the binary expectations.
  • Lesbian: Relating to homosexual women or to homosexuality in women: a lesbian relationship. Origin: Late 19th century: via Latin from Greek Lesbios, from Lesbos, home of Sappho, who expressed affection for women in her poetry, + -ian.
  • Pansexual: A person who is sexually attracted to people regardless of gender.
  • Polyamorous: Refers to honest, usually non-possessive, relationships with multiple partners and can include: open relationships, polyfidelity (which involves multiple romantic relationships with sexual contact restricted to those), and sub relationships (which denote distinguishing between a “primary” relationship or relationships and various “secondary” relationships).
  • Queer: A reclaimed word that was formerly used solely as a slur but that has been semantically overturned by members of the maligned group, who use it as a term of defiant pride. It is an umbrella term which embraces a matrix of sexual preferences, orientations, and habits of the non-exclusively-heterosexual-and-monogamous majority. Queer includes lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transpeople, intersex persons, asexuals, and other sex communities.
  • Questioning: Someone who is unsure of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Sex assigned at birth: refers to the sex designation recorded on an infant’s birth certificate should such a record be provided at birth.
  • Transgender describes those individuals whose gender identity is different from the sex they were assigned at birth. A transgender male is someone who identifies as male but was assigned the sex of female at birth; a transgender female is someone who identifies as female but was assigned the sex of male at birth.


Oxford dictionary online. Retrieved on May 23, 2016 from http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/lesbian


Rainbow Center. University of Connecticut, SOGIE* Dictionary. Sexuality, Orientation, Gender Identity & Expression Spring 2016. Retrieved, May, 17, 2016 from http://rainbowcenter.uconn.edu/sogie/

U.S. Department of Education. Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students. Retrieved, May 17, 2016

Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students


LGBT Support at Four Year Institutions


ECSU Pride Center

SCSU (S.A.G.E.) Center

WCSU Counseling Center

UCONN Rainbow Center

UMASS The Stonewall Center