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LGBTQ+ Terminology

What does LGBTQ+ mean!??

Andi Tremonte

on 19 January 2017

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Can I say that?
LGBTQ+ Terminology
1-What does LGBTQ even mean?!?
2-Things that are okay to say - Sexual Orientation Edition
3-Don't Say THAT! - What not to say about sexual orientation
4-The Trans in Transgender - The Good Things to say
5-Wait...I should not have said that - Gender Identity
6-(Re)sources - Where do I go from here?

The Acronym - LGBTQ
- Lesbian - A female who is attracted to other female
- Gay - A female who is attracted to other female
- Bisexual - A male or female who is attracted to someone who is male or female
- Transgender - Someone who's gender identity is incongruent with their sex assigned at birth
- Questioning - Someone who is developing or trying to understand their sexual orientation/gender identity
- Queer - A sexual orientation like pansexual - a more fluid sexual orientation.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Pansexual - The Good
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual - Don't Say THAT!
The Trans In Transgender - Good Words
Which words are okay to use?
Wait, is this okay to say? Gender Identity
You can access all the information that was found in this presentation at:

LGBTQ terminology - http://itspronouncedmetrosexual.com/2013/01/a-comprehensive-list-of-lgbtq-term-definitions/

Intersex Society of North America - http://www.isna.org/

Article - GLAAD 2012 Ally's Guide to Terminology

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Often used as a blanket term to describe anyone with same gender attraction. However, can be specific to mean a male who is attracted to other males
This term is used to describe a female who is solely attracted to other females

Using the term "lesbianism" can sound disapproving and contemptuous

Be mindful when using this language, as it can come across as hurtful
Potentiality problematic language
This is a male/female person who is attracted to other male/female persons
Potentiality problematic language
One issue with this term, is it assumes that there is a gender binary and that those in between "male" and "female" are not included.
Sexual Orientation
This term is used to refer to who you are attracted to. Some people use "sexual preference" in place of this thinking it means the same thing. However, they do not mean the same thing.
The Basics :
Sex, Gender, and Sexual Orientation
Don't they all mean the same thing!?
Sex Assigned at Birth (sex)
This is your biological identifier that is assigned shortly after birth. But , there is a problem with this. Doctors simply check the external genitalia to determine sex. Is that always accurate?
This is the social construction of sex. Gender is relative to culture. Every culture has their own ideas of what is female, male, other, or both. There are two aspects of gender that we will talk about - Expression and Identity
Why is isn't it as easy as male or female?
What is Intersex?
Someone who is intersex was born with
external genitalia/reproductive organs that are not "stardard" male or female.

This is based on predetermined characteristics.

What are the rates?
Common Intersex Conditions
Source: Intersex Society of North America
As much as 2% of the population is intersex
It is more common than
cystic fibrosis

Some conditions happen as frequently as 1 in 2000 births
Cystic fibrosis is something that everyday people have heard of, but intersex conditions are less known
Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS) -
Chromosomally male (XY), but physically female. This has been seen in the olympics throughout the years.

Klinefelter Syndrome
Physically male. However, small testes, no sperm production, may not develop body hair, and possible breast development
Gender Expression
The way one displays their gender and gender identity. This can be through clothes, hair styles, hobbies, interests, and careers.
Gender Identity
This is a person's sense of maleness, femaleness, no gender, all genders, or both genders
Sexual Orientation
This is who you love, like, and are attracted to.
Potentiality Problematic Language
"Sexual Preference" assumes that someone's sexual orientation is easily changeable. It is simply a characteristic that one
. Additionally, it says that one prefers the same gender, but could be with people of the "opposite" gender. This concept actually backfires on the speaker, as this suggests their sexual preference is negotiable
What about the other letters?
P-Pansexual - Similar to Bisexuality. However, attraction is not limited to cisgender persons. Attraction can be to all gender expressions and identities
A-Ally - A person who
supports the LGBTQ+ community
A-Asexual - A person who does not experience sexual attraction
I-Intersex - Between sexes. This refers to persons who's sex assigned at birth did not fit traditional standards
I-Intergender - AKA - Genderqueer, gender non conforming etc. Those who do not identify/fit the binary of male/female
Source: It's pronounced Metrosexual
There are some words that hurt more than others. These are a list of words that can be very harmful when said.
Source: Glaad Ally's Guide to Terminology 2012
A Gay
This term feels clinical and focuses on the sexual aspect of attraction.
"Oh, he's a homosexual."
This is an adjective not a noun. A gay person is a person first who can be described as gay.
That’s so gay
This is a common miscommunication. Usually, people mean that something is "stupid" or "dumb" or other negative adjectives. Common does not mean okay.
Using the term "lesbianism" can sound disapproving and contemptuous

"Oh, its probably due to her
Sexual preference
Gay lifestyle
This assumes that
someone's sexual
orientation is changeable. That they can be with anyone, but they just
to be with a certain
of person.
This says that there is a certain
that the LGBTQ+ community lives. Is there a gay way to brush your teeth? A gay way to eat breakfast?
*Here is a hint, there isn't.
Same-sex attraction
Sexual identity
Often prefaced with "struggling with". This assumes that sexual orientation can be changed and that it is simply something you are "struggling with" and can overcome.
Often used when someone is referring to gender. The correct term is Gender Identity. Additionally, Sexual orientation is the correct term when referring to someone's sexuality.
Openly gay
Admitted he was gay
The only issue with this could be, the speaker needs to verify with the LGBTQ+ person that they ARE out and that talking about their sexual orientation/gender identity will not have negative consequences
"Admitted" suggests that the person thought there was something wrong with being gay before. OR that society thinks that being gay is not okay.
Adjective not an noun.

This is a descriptive word not an object.

Appropriate ways to use:

"A transgender person"
"A transgender activist"
Potentiality Problematic Language:
A Transgender - Not a noun. People who are transgender are still
. Not objects.

Transgendered - It is not a verb. It is not something that
to you.

Transgenders - Not a noun, or a group of nouns. Not a group of objects. They are transgender
Gender Identity
This is one's sense of maleness, femaleness, no gender, all genders, or both genders.
Does everyone have a gender identity?

Everyone has a sense of gender!
Gender Expression
This is how someone displays their gender.

You can express your gender in a number of ways, including clothes, hair styles, hobbies etc.

Culture defines gender.
A transgender, Transgenders
This isn't something that
to you. It's not a verb. A person who is transgender is still a person.
Not a noun. People who are transgender are still
. Not objects.
Sexual identity, Transgender identity
These are usually slurs. They are often offensive and do not correctly describe the transgender community.
Gender identity is the correct term. Additionally, not all persons who are transgender identify as transgender. Some identify as male or female
Sex change, Sex change operation, and Pre-op/post-op

The correct term to use is transition. Because, this does not assume that there are surgeries involved which are not widely available for all transgender individuals, nor do all transgender individuals want to have surgeries
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