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LGBTQ words and definitions

A set of words and definitions used by the LGBTQ community. This is culturally based and apt to change for many reasons.
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on 17 February 2016

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The following definitions are words used by the LGBTQ community as a general whole. However please note that these words and definitions are culturally based and therefore due to change (based on culture, region, time period, etc).
However , that being said: It is a good place to start and understanding the LGBTQ community.
SEXUAL ORIENTATION
Describes who people are attracted to and/or who people fall in love with.
SEXUAL BEHAVIOR
What we do sexually and with whom.
SEXUAL IDENTITY
What we call ourselves in terms of our sexuality. It can define our culture and community, and provide a framework within which we come to understand ourselves.
HETEROSEXISM
The assumption or belief that everyone is heterosexual and cisgender, and if not, they should be; the belief that heterosexuality is “normal,” and therefore more “natural” than other forms of sexuality.
See also: heteronormativity; cissexism.
HOMOPHOBIA
The irrational fear or hatred of people because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation. Applies to other people, and also to oneself. See also, biphobia.
ASEXUAL
People who are not sexually attracted to anyone of any gender or sex.
BISEXUAL
People attracted emotionally and physically to SOME people of two/multiple genders.
QUEER
An umbrella term used by some people to describe their sexual identity and/or gender identity. Meaning "different, unconventional, or deviating from the expected." Some people feel that this term is less restrictive than gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Often used pejoratively; offensive to some people.
SEX
Refers to the biological characteristics (physical and chromosomal) that define humans as female or male. Also refers to sexually motivated behavior.
GENDER
Describes widely shared expectations and norms within a society about appropriate "male" and "female" behavior, characteristics and roles.
GENDER IDENTITY
Describes how people perceive their own internal sense of maleness, femaleness, or an identity outside of or between established genders.

The gender an individual identifies as psychologically, regardless of what
sex they were assigned at birth.
GENDER EXPRESSION
How someone presents or expresses themselves in terms of gender. Includes appearance, clothing, mannerisms, and behavior.
TRANSGENDER
An umbrella term for people whose internal sense of their gender does not align with the sex they were assigned at birth.
TRANSITION
The process of changing from one gender to another. May include surgery and/or hormone therapy; changes in appearance, legal documents, and name; and the "coming out" process.
TRANSPHOBIA
Fear or hatred of people because of their actual or perceived gender identity and/or gender expression.
TRANSEXUAL
An older term that originated in the medical and psychological communities.
A person who pursues gender affirmation to bring their physical characteristics in line with their identity through use of hormones and/or surgery.
1. AMAB
2. AFAB
1. Assigned male at birth. Also written: designated male at birth/DMAB, MAAB. Can refer to both trans women and nonbinary individuals.
2. Assigned female at birth. Also written: designated female at birth/DFAB, FAAB. Can refer to both trans men and nonbinary individuals.
GENDERQUEER
A term for identities that fall somewhere in the middle or outside of the male/female spectrum. A gender identity that is between, beyond, or some combination of genders.

See also: Gender non-conforming, nonbinary, agender, genderfluid, bigender, pangender, neutrois, and more!
CROSSDRESSER
A person who dresses in clothing considered to be "appropriate" for a different gender.
DRAG
Performance that uses gender expectations and stereotypes to entertain and/or enlighten.
Questions, comments or concerns, confusions?
CISGENDER
A term used to describe people who, for the most part, identify with the sex they were assigned at birth. A way of saying 'not transgender.'
HETEROSEXUAL
Men who are emotionally and physically attracted to SOME women and women who are emotionally and physically attracted to SOME men. Also referred to as ‘straight.’
ALLY
A person who actively works to eliminate the oppression and marginalization of LGBTQ people.
Who can be an ally?
Anyone! An ally is a friend. A straight and cisgender person can be an ally to LGBTQ people, and LGBTQ people can be allies to each other.

Example: A gay person can be an ally to transgender people.
LGBTQIA
A woman who is emotionally and physically attracted to SOME other women.
LESBIAN
GAY
*Emotionally and physically
BISEXUAL
GAY
LESBIAN
People attracted* to SOME people of two genders.
A woman who is attracted* to SOME other women.
A man who is emotionally and physically attracted to SOME other men. Also means happy. Sometimes used as an umbrella term for the LGB and/or LGBTQ communities.
A man who is attracted* to SOME other men.
INTERSEX
Describes a person who does not fit the typical definition of male or female. An intersex person may have variations in their chromosomes, gonads, or genitalia. NOTE: Being intersex has to do with biological characteristics, rather than gender identity.
INTERSEX
ASEXUAL
ALLY
BISEXUAL
GAY
LESBIAN
HETEROSEXUAL
TRANSGENDER
CISGENDER
QUEER
Someone who is unsure about their sexual orientation or gender identity, or is in the process of discovering it.
QUESTIONING
QUESTIONING
SEXUAL ORIENTATION
SEXUAL BEHAVIOR
SEXUAL IDENTITY
L
G
B
LGB
T
Q
I
A
LGBTQIA+
EXAMPLES OF HETEROSEXISM
Inviting someone female to a party and telling her that "there will be lots of cute guys there."
Asking someone, "Are you a girl or a boy?"
Assuming all kids live in families with a male-female couple in parental roles.
SEX
GENDER
GENDER IDENTITY
GENDER EXPRESSION
1. AMAB
2. AFAB
TRANSSEXUAL
TRANSITION
GENDERQUEER
CROSSDRESSER
DRAG
HOMOPHOBIA
TRANSPHOBIA
HETEROSEXISM

1. MTF
2. FTM
1.Male to female. Describes a person who was assigned male at birth but identifies as a woman. Now more commonly referred to as a transgender woman or trans woman.
2. Female to male. Describes a person who was assigned female at birth but identifies as a man. Now more commonly referred to as a transgender man or trans man.
1. MTF
2. FTM
Introductions
Ground Rules
Safe space
Participate as you are comfortable
Be open minded
Use I statements
Ask questions
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