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LGBTQQ2S+ Glossary of Terms

This list is meant to provide a brief overview of terms related to sexual and gender diversity.

  • Sexual orientation- Refers to the gender of the individuals to whom you are sexually and/or romantically attracted.
  • Gender Identity- A term referring to how you think about yourself in terms of gender regardless of biological sex assigned at birth.
  • Lesbian- An individual who identifies as a woman and who is primarily or exclusively attracted, sexually and/or romantically, to others who identify as women.
  • Gay- An individual who identifies as a man and who is primarily or exclusively attracted, sexually and/or romantically, to others who identify as men
  • Bisexual- An individual who is attracted, sexually and/or romantically, to both those who identify as men and those who identify as women.
  • Transgender (Trans)- A person whose sense of personal identity does not correspond with the gender assigned to them at birth.
  • Transexual- A person who does not identify with the gender assigned to them at birth and who plans to have/in the process of/or has undergone sex reassignment/realignment surgery/ hormone therapy.
  • Cisgender- A person whose assigned sex matches their gender identity.
  • Two-Spirit- Two-spirit is a term adopted by some North American Aboriginal peoples to refer to those who embody both a male and female spirit. Can refer to orientation, identity, expression.
  • Gender Queer- A person whose gender identity is neither male nor female but is undefined and possibly in flux (e.g. Gender Fluid)
  • Pansexual- A person who experiences sexual and/or romantic attraction for members of all gender identities/expressions, not just people who fit into the standard gender binary (i.e. men and women).
  • Cross-Dresser- A cross-dresser identifies with one gender, but wears the clothing generally associated by the culture with the other gender.
  • Intersex- Those who are born with mixed biological male and female sex characteristics.
  • Queer-Commonly used to define lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, and other people and institutions on the margins of mainstream culture in terms of sexual orientation and gender.
  • Allies-Those who are not a part of the LGBTQ community but who support the rights and actions of those within in it.
  • Homo/Trans/Bi/phobia- Discrimination against someone who identifies as, or is perceived to be, homosexual, transgender or bisexual.
  • Gender Queer- A person whose gender identity is neither solely a man or a woman but is in flux
  • Asexual- person who is not interested or does not desire sexual activity, in or out of a relationship. Not the same as celibacy.

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