Word / Term Glossary

A person who does not identify with any gender identity or does not experience having a gender

A cisgender and/or heterosexual person who shows support for the LGBTQ+ community and who promotes equality in a variety of ways

A person who identifies and/or presents as neither distinguishably masculine nor feminine

A lack of sexual attraction to other people

Fear of, aversion to, or discomfort with bisexual people

A person who is emotionally, romantically, or sexually attracted to two or more sexes, genders, or gender identities

A person whose gender identity aligns with the sex assigned to them at birth

When a person who identifies as LGBTQ+ has not disclosed their sexual orientation or gender identity

The process in which a person who identifies as LGBTQ+ shares their sexual orientation or gender identity with others. It is a process that continues over time, not a one-time event.

A person who is emotionally, romantically, or sexually attracted to members of the same gender

The distress experienced when a person’s assigned birth gender differs from the one with which they identify. Often caused by the discrimination and lack of understanding from those around them, and society in general. Can motivate a person to seek social, medical, or legal gender transition.

Conveys a broader, more flexible range of gender identity and expression than typically associated with the binary gender system

How an individual shows the world their identity, usually expressed through behavior, mannerisms, clothing, haircut, or voice. These expressions may or may not conform to socially-defined behaviors and characteristics typically associated with being either masculine or feminine, and may vary at different times.

A person who does not identify with a single fixed gender

An individual’s concept of self; defined as male, female, transgender, trans feminine, trans masculine, non-binary, queer, genderqueer, agender, or other. Gender identity can be different from a person’s assigned sex at birth.

A person whose identity, physical, and behavioral characteristics do not conform to traditional societal expectations of their gender

An individual who does not identify with binary gender categories in favor of fluid gender identity. A person’s sexual orientation can also be influenced. Genderqueer people may identify as both male and female, neither male nor female, or as falling completely outside these categories.

A process by which people more closely align their internal sense of gender identity with their appearance and/or physical body. Social transition may include dress, haircut, name or pronoun identification, or a request to be socially recognized as another gender. Physical transition includes body modification through medical interventions. Legal transition includes changing name and gender markers on legal documents.

Fear of, aversion to, or discomfort with people who are attracted to members of the same sex

A  general term used to describe a variety of of anatomical variations in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t fit the typical presentations of female or male. In some cases, these traits are visible at birth, and in others, they are not apparent until puberty.

A woman who is emotionally, romantically, or sexually attracted to other women

An acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning

A state in which LGBTQ+ people are comfortably out about their sexual orientation or gender identity

An adjective describing a person who does not identify exclusively as a man or a woman. Non-binary people may identify as being both a man and a woman, somewhere in between along a spectrum, or as falling completely outside these categories. While many also identify as transgender, not all non-binary people do.

Disclosing a person’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender identity to others without their permission. Outing someone can have serious repercussions on employment, economic stability, personal safety, and religious or family situations.

A person who has the potential for emotional, romantic, or sexual attraction to people of any gender though not necessarily simultaneously, in the same way, or to the same degree

An umbrella term used to express fluid or non-specific gender identities and sexual orientations

People in the process of exploring their sexual orientation or gender identity

A person’s emotional, romantic, or sexual feelings toward other people

An umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or expression differs from the sex they were assigned at birth; does not imply any specific sexual orientation

Fear of, aversion to, or discomfort with transgender people

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