Gender is typically classified as male, female, or nonbinary.
Gender identity is an individual's internal sense of themselves and their gender, regardless of whether they identify as male, female, neither, or both. Gender identity, unlike gender expression, is not visible to others.
What are the terms for genders?
Gender is typically classified as male, female, or nonbinary. Gender identity is an individual’s internal sense of themselves and their gender, regardless of whether they identify as male, female, neither, or both. Gender identity, unlike gender expression, is not visible to others.
What does LGBTQ+ stand for?
B = Bisexual
Bisexual means that you are attracted to men and women. It's important to recognise bisexual people because there have been times when people who say they are bi have been mistaken for gay. Since the "Bisexual Manifesto" came out in 1990, bisexual people have included transgender, binary, and nonbinary people.
Q = Queer or Questioning
People may use "queer" as a specific identity, but the word is often used to describe anyone who isn't cisgender or straight. It is also used as slang. It shouldn't be used for all people in the community. Instead, cisgender and heterosexual people should only use it when talking about someone who identifies with it. People who are questioning may not be sure about their sexual orientation or gender identity.
LGBTQ+ Acronym Variations
Other acronym variations that are used include LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, plus other identities), & LGBTQQIP2SAA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, pansexual, two-spirit (2S), androgynous, and asexual).
Glossary of Terms
Many people avoid discussing sexual orientation and gender identity or expression out of fear of offending others or out of a sense of social taboo.
This glossary was written to give people the words and definitions they need to have easier and more comfortable conversations.
Not all of the terms used by LGBTQ+ people to identify themselves are included in this glossary.
Always pay close attention to and honour a person's self-identified terminology.
A slang word that is used to insult gay men. It is said that this word was used to describe gay men who were burned with heretics during the Inquisition. Also, the word "fag" was used to describe British lower-class men who were forced to do services for upper-class men, including sexual ones.
Genderqueer people usually don't believe in fixed gender categories. Instead, they accept that their gender identity and often their sexual orientation can change over time. People who call themselves "genderqueer" may think of themselves as both male and female, as neither male nor female, or as something completely different.
Prejudice against people and groups who don't act or identify as heterosexual, along with the power of the majority to enforce such prejudice. Heterosexism doesn't care about the needs, concerns, or lives of LGBTQIA people, but does care about the needs, concerns, and lives of heterosexual people.
In terms of sex characteristics and reproductive anatomy, intersex people display a wide range of variations at birth. Differences in genitalia, chromosomes, gonads, internal sex organs, hormone production, hormone response, and/or secondary sex traits are just some of the ways in which intersex individuals can differ from one another.
In the closet
One who is "in the closet" is one who has to lie about their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression in order to keep their job, their apartment, their friends, or any combination of these things. Many people who identify as LGBTQIA are both "out" and "closeted" at different times and in different places.
Open relationships, polyfidelity (in which multiple romantic relationships with limited sexual contact to those), and sub-relationships (in which one distinguishes between a 'primary' relationship or relationships and various'secondary' relationships) are all examples of honest, non-possessive relationships with multiple partners.
The term "queer" is often used as a catch-all to include a wide variety of people, including those who don't identify as exclusively straight and/or those who have non-binary or gender-expansive identities. Many in the LGBTQ+ community have reclaimed this term from its previous derogatory use.
a feeling of physical, emotional, and sexual attraction felt by one person for another, and the expression of that attraction. The term "sexual orientation" is preferred over the more neutral "sexual preference," since the latter suggests a choice when, according to the vast majority of studies, sexual attraction is not a matter of personal preference.
Procedural steps that some transgender people take to live more authentically in their gender. Legal name and sex changes on government identity documents are part of this, as are social transitions like changing one's name and pronouns, and medical transitions like hormone therapy or gender affirming surgeries.