LGBTIQ - What is that?

The German abbreviation LSBTIQ stands for "Lesben, Schwule, Bisexuelle, Trans*, Inter* und Queers". Sometimes the English acronym LGBTIQ ("Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender, Intersex & Queers") is also used in German.


The Federal Agency for Civic Education offers a lexicon in which the most important terms relating to LGBTIQ are summarized.


The so-called rainbow flag was created in 1978 in San Fransico by Gilbert Baker as a positive symbol of the queer community. Each color of the flag has a meaning: red for life, orange for health, yellow for the sun, green for nature, blue for harmony and purple for spirituality/spirit.

The "Progess Flag" was designed in 2017 by non-binary graphic designer Daniel Quasar. The flag was expanded on the left side to include the colors white, pink and light blue (trans pride flag) and brown and black (queer blacks and people of color - a sign against racism).

The Progress Pride flag was supplemented by another variant a short time later. The flag was combined with the intersex flag (yellow flag with a purple circle in the middle).

Gender identity

Gender identity refers to the issue that the perceived and personal sense of gender does not necessarily have to correspond to the gender assigned at birth.

We at TU Ilmenau see ourselves as a unit that is united in diversity and want all people to be perceived and accepted equally and holistically. Accordingly, the University, represented by the Department of Equality, Diversity and Health, is happy to provide support with questions and problems relating to gender identity. Above all, we provide support with social and bureaucratic hurdles of transition.

Internal consulting services

The Gender Diversity Working Group, consisting of committed employees and students at TU Ilmenau, has been in existence since mid-2023. Together, we are committed to a diverse, inclusive and safe campus where everyone can feel welcome. Our goal is to strengthen the representation of different gender identities and sexualities in order to contribute to an open and tolerant university environment. To achieve this, we are already planning a number of small and large campaigns and collaborations in 2024!

If you have any problems with these topics, or ideas, suggestions and proposals, please feel free to contact us at any time at the following e-mail address

We will treat everything in the strictest confidence.


AG Gender Diversity

Diversity Officer

Andrea Krieg

Gender identity counseling

Jennifer Graul

External consulting services