Common LGBTQ Terminology

Identities

Sexual Identity

Asexual – Person who is not sexually attracted to anyone or does not have a sexual orientation.

Bisexual – A person emotionally, physically, and/or sexually attracted to males/men and females/women and/or multiple genders. This attraction does not have to be equally split between genders and there may be a preference for one gender over others.

Gay – 1. Term used in some cultural settings to represent males who are attracted to males in a romantic, erotic and/or emotional sense. Not all men who engage in “homosexual behavior” identify as gay, and as such this label should be used with caution. 2. Term used to refer to the LGBTQI community as a whole, or as an individual identity label for anyone who does not identify as heterosexual.

Heterosexual/Straight - (of a person) sexually attracted to people of the opposite sex.

Lesbian - Term used to describe female-identified people attracted romantically, erotically, and/or emotionally to other female-identified people.

Pansexual – A person who is sexually attracted to all or many gender expressions.

Queer1. An umbrella term which embraces a matrix of sexual orientations, and habits of the not-exclusively- heterosexual-and-monogamous majority. Queer includes lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, trans people, intersex persons, the radical sex communities, and many other sexually transgressive (underworld) explorers. 2. This term is sometimes used as a sexual orientation label instead of ‘bisexual’ as a way of acknowledging that there are more than two genders to be attracted to, or as a way of stating a non-heterosexual orientation without having to state who they are attracted to.

Gender Expression

Androgynous - combination of masculine and feminine characteristics and/or indistinguishable gender expression

Fem/Femme/Feminine/Fem of Center - set of attributes, society's expectations behavior that are typically associated with women or girls

Gender Non-Conforming - refers to people who do not follow other society's ideals or stereotypes about how they should look or act based on the sex assigned at birth.

Gender Conforming - refers to people who do follow society's ideals or about how they should look or act based on the sex assigned at birth.

Masc/Masculine/ Masculine of Center -set of attributes, society's expectations behavior that are typically associated with men or boys

Gender Identity

Gender Non-Conforming - refers to people who do not follow other people's ideas or stereotypes about how they should look or act based on the female or male sex they were assigned at birth.

Gender Neutral - cannot be referred to as one gender or another

Genderqueer - denoting or relating to a person who does not subscribe to conventional gender distinctions but identifies with neither, both, or a combination of male and female genders.

Non Binary- someone that does not exclusively identify as a man or a woman, can include a variation of gender expression

Transgender - when a person perceives themselves and/or feels a different gender identity that differs from what they were assigned at birth and/or by society

Trans man - a transgender person who was assigned female at birth but whose gender identity is that of a man

Trans woman - a transgender person who was assigned male at birth but whose gender identity is that of a woman