Sexual minority - Those who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual or who have sexual contact with

persons of the same or both sexes—are part of every community and come from all walks of life. They are diverse, representing all races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, and parts of the country. Source: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/disparities/smy.htm

Homosexual - A person who is primarily and/or exclusively attracted to members of what they identify
as their own sex or gender. Source: http://internationalspectrum.umich.edu/life/definitions

Homophobia - Thoughts, feelings, or actions based on far, dislike, judgment, or hatred of lesbians, gays
and bisexuals. Homophobia has roots in sexism and can include prejudice, discrimination, harassment, and acts of violence. Source: http://internationalspectrum.umich.edu/life/definitions

Academic performance - It refers to how well a student is accomplishing his or her tasks and studies,
Source: http://www.studymode.com/essays/Meaning-Of-Academic-Performance-1107119.html

LGBT - This acronym refers to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender.
Source: http://internationalspectrum.umich.edu/life/definitions

Academic Persistence - The "desire and action of a student to stay within the system of higher
education from beginning through degree completion" Source: Seidman (2005) (p.14)

Bisexual - A person who is emotionally, physically, and/or sexually attracted to more than one gender.
Also called “bi”. Sources: http://lesbianlife.about.com/od/comingoutadvice/f/LesbianorBi.htm

Transgender - of, relating to, or being a person (as a transsexual or transvestite) who identifies with or
expresses a gender identity that differs from the one which corresponds to the person's sex at birth Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transgender?show=0&t=1376237510

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