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LGBT Terminology

Terminology


 

 

Gay: One who has significant (to oneself) sexual or romantic attractions primarily to members of the same gender or sex, or who identifies as a member of the gay community. May be of any gender identity. Sometimes used as a synonym for gay male, lesgay, or LesBiGay. Lesbians and Bisexuals often do not feel included by this term.

GenderQueer: An individual who does not fall within the gender binary or gender roles assigned by society, but identifies with being somewhere in between male and female or someone who does not wish to identify with either male or female. Closely related to Thirdgender and Androgyny.

Lesbian: A girl or woman who has significant (to oneself) sexual or romantic attractions primarily to members of the same gender or sex, or who identifies as a member of the lesbian community. Bisexual women often do not feel included by this term.

Bisexual: One who has significant (to oneself) sexual or romantic attractions to members of both the same gender and/or sex and another gender and/or sex, or who identifies as a member of the bisexual community. Contrary to popular myths, people who are attracted to members of both genders or sexes can be monogamous.

Transgender: One who does not identity with the gender assigned to them by their biological sex at birth. An individual born with male sex that identifies as a woman. An individual born of female sex but identifies as a male. There is a large spectrum of gender and gender expression that does not follow the gender binary. The belief that being a transgender individual means you are homosexual is a common misconception. All transgender people want to make a surgical or hormonal change to their identified gender is another common misconception. Please see Transsexual.

Transsexual: An individual who does not identify with the gender assigned to them by their biological sex at birth and wishes to make a transition, surgically or hormonally, to the sex of their identified gender.

Thirdgender: An individual that does not self-identify as either male or female but something in between the gender binary or gender roles assigned by society.

Questioning: An individual who is questioning or is uncertain of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Queer: Reclaimed derogatory slang for the sexual minority community (e.g.. Queer Nation.) Not accepted by all the sexual minority community, especially older members. Sometimes used for an even wider spectrum of marginalized or radicalized groups and individuals.

Intersex: One whose external genitalia at birth do not match the standards for male or female (e.g. large clitoris, tiny penis), or one whose sex glands do not totally match the sex assigned at birth (e.g. male with ovarian tissue or female with testicular tissue), or one whose sexual development does not match the sex assigned at birth (e.g. development of penis or extensive facial hair in one assigned as female or the development of breasts in one assigned as male).

Ally: Anyone who is a supporter of the GLBT community through words or actions and a supporter of GLBT rights and safety; helper, activists, advocate, friend, family member, or community member.

Asexual: One who has no significant (to oneself) interest in sexual activity, or who identifies as Asexual. Sometimes used to mean Autosexual.

Androgynous: Exhibiting approximately equal proportions of masculine and feminine characteristics simultaneously. Independence from the gender roles specified by society.

Autosexual: One whose significant (to oneself) sexual activity is masturbation.

Aromantic: One whose significant romantic and emotional (through relationship) activity arises out of non-sexual activity i.e. Holding hands, embracing, or kissing.

Cisgender: One who identifies their gender with the biological sex they were assigned at birth i.e. an individual born with male biology who identifies as a male.

Celibate: One who is not sexually active with anyone else. May abstain from all sexual activity, or may be Autosexual.

Pansexual: One who is attracted to masculine or feminine traits but is not limited by sex or gender i.e. someone who is attracted to the feminine qualities within a straight, lesbian, transgender, or asexual woman. Some use this term to define individuals who have no restrictions to attraction or arousal regarding sexual orientation or gender.

Heterosexual: Sexual or romantic behavior between a member of one sex and a member of another gender or sex. One whose significant (to oneself) sexual or romantic attractions are primarily to members of another gender or sex.

Heterso-Flexible: An individual who primarily identifies as heterosexual but does not limit themselves to the possibility or opportunity of having a romantic, emotional, or sexual relationship with an individual of the same sex.

Homo-Flexible: An individual who primarily identifies as heterosexual but does not limit themselves to the possibility or opportunity of having a romantic, emotional, or sexual relationship with an individual of the opposite sex.

 

There are still many more terms!

For more information, contact Chelsea Barker on firstclass.

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LGBT Terminology

Terminology


Gay: One who has significant (to oneself) sexual or romantic attractions primarily to members of the same gender or sex, or who identifies as a member of the gay community. May be of any gender identity. Sometimes used as a synonym for gay male, lesgay, or LesBiGay. Lesbians and Bisexuals often do not feel included by this term.

GenderQueer: An individual who does not fall within the gender binary or gender roles assigned by society, but identifies with being somewhere in between male and female or someone who does not wish to identify with either male or female. Closely related to Thirdgender and Androgyny.

Lesbian: A girl or woman who has significant (to oneself) sexual or romantic attractions primarily to members of the same gender or sex, or who identifies as a member of the lesbian community. Bisexual women often do not feel included by this term.

Bisexual: One who has significant (to oneself) sexual or romantic attractions to members of both the same gender and/or sex and another gender and/or sex, or who identifies as a member of the bisexual community. Contrary to popular myths, people who are attracted to members of both genders or sexes can be monogamous.

Transgender: One who does not identity with the gender assigned to them by their biological sex at birth. An individual born with male sex that identifies as a woman. An individual born of female sex but identifies as a male. There is a large spectrum of gender and gender expression that does not follow the gender binary. The belief that being a transgender individual means you are homosexual is a common misconception. All transgender people want to make a surgical or hormonal change to their identified gender is another common misconception. Please see Transsexual.

Transsexual: An individual who does not identify with the gender assigned to them by their biological sex at birth and wishes to make a transition, surgically or hormonally, to the sex of their identified gender.

Thirdgender: An individual that does not self-identify as either male or female but something in between the gender binary or gender roles assigned by society.

Questioning: An individual who is questioning or is uncertain of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Queer: Reclaimed derogatory slang for the sexual minority community (e.g.. Queer Nation.) Not accepted by all the sexual minority community, especially older members. Sometimes used for an even wider spectrum of marginalized or radicalized groups and individuals.

Intersex: One whose external genitalia at birth do not match the standards for male or female (e.g. large clitoris, tiny penis), or one whose sex glands do not totally match the sex assigned at birth (e.g. male with ovarian tissue or female with testicular tissue), or one whose sexual development does not match the sex assigned at birth (e.g. development of penis or extensive facial hair in one assigned as female or the development of breasts in one assigned as male).

Ally: Anyone who is a supporter of the GLBT community through words or actions and a supporter of GLBT rights and safety; helper, activists, advocate, friend, family member, or community member.

Asexual: One who has no significant (to oneself) interest in sexual activity, or who identifies as Asexual. Sometimes used to mean Autosexual.

Androgynous: Exhibiting approximately equal proportions of masculine and feminine characteristics simultaneously. Independence from the gender roles specified by society.

Autosexual: One whose significant (to oneself) sexual activity is masturbation.

Aromantic: One whose significant romantic and emotional (through relationship) activity arises out of non-sexual activity i.e. Holding hands, embracing, or kissing.

Cisgender: One who identifies their gender with the biological sex they were assigned at birth i.e. an individual born with male biology who identifies as a male.

Celibate: One who is not sexually active with anyone else. May abstain from all sexual activity, or may be Autosexual.

Pansexual: One who is attracted to masculine or feminine traits but is not limited by sex or gender i.e. someone who is attracted to the feminine qualities within a straight, lesbian, transgender, or asexual woman. Some use this term to define individuals who have no restrictions to attraction or arousal regarding sexual orientation or gender.

Heterosexual: Sexual or romantic behavior between a member of one sex and a member of another gender or sex. One whose significant (to oneself) sexual or romantic attractions are primarily to members of another gender or sex.

Heterso-Flexible: An individual who primarily identifies as heterosexual but does not limit themselves to the possibility or opportunity of having a romantic, emotional, or sexual relationship with an individual of the same sex.

Homo-Flexible: An individual who primarily identifies as heterosexual but does not limit themselves to the possibility or opportunity of having a romantic, emotional, or sexual relationship with an individual of the opposite sex.

 

There are still multiple terms not listed here, for more information please contact Chelsea Barker on firstclass!

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