A person with no (or very little) connection to the traditional system of gender, no personal alignment with the concepts of either man or woman, and/or someone who sees themselves as existing without gender. Sometimes called gender neutrois, gender neutral, or genderless.
Typically any straight or cisgender person who supports and stands up for the rights of LGBT people and promotes equality in a variety of ways, though LGBT people can be allies, such as a lesbian who is an ally to a transgender person.
Identifying and/or presenting as neither distinguishably masculine nor feminine.
Experiencing little or no romantic attraction to others and/or has a lack of interest in romantic relationships/behavior. Aromanticism exists on a continuum from people who experience no romantic attraction or have any desire for romantic activities, to those who experience low levels, or romantic attraction only under specific conditions, and many of these different places on the continuum have their own identity labels. Sometimes abbreviated to "aro."(pronounced like "arrow").
The lack of a sexual attraction or desire for other people. Asexuality is not the same as celibacy.
A curiosity about having attraction to people of the same gender/sex (similar to questioning)
The process of tightly wrapping one's chest in order to minimize the appearance of having breasts. This is achieved through use of constructive materials such as cloth strips, elastic or non-elastic bandages, or specially designed undergarments.
Aversion toward bisexuality and bisexual people as a social group or as individuals. People of any sexual orientation can experience such feelings of aversion. Biphobia is a source of discrimination against bisexuals, and may be based on negative bisexual stereotypes, prejudice, or irrational fear.
A person emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to more than one sex, gender or gender identity though not necessarily simultaneously, in the same way or to the same degree. *has also been revered to as "Biaffectionate" as an attempt by members of the community to focus on the affectionate aspects of Bisexuality rather than the "sex" part.
A term used to describe a person whose gender identity aligns with those typically associated with the sex assigned to them at birth. "Cis-" is a Latin prefix meaning "on the same side as," and is therefore an antonym of "trans-."
Assuming every person to be cisgender therefore marginalizing those who identify as transgender in some form. It is also believing cisgender people to be superior, and holding people to traditional expectations based on gender, or punishing or excluding those who don't conform to traditional gender expectations.
Describes an LGBTQIA+ person who has not disclosed their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The process in which a person first acknowledges, accepts and appreciates their sexual orientation and/or gender identity and begins to share that with others. For most LGBTQIA+ people this is a life-long process.
While anyone may wear clothes associated with a different sex, the term cross-dresser is typically used to refer to men who occasionally wear clothes, makeup, and accessories culturally associated with women. Those men typically identify as heterosexual. This activity is a form of gender expression and not done for entertainment purposes. Cross-dressers do not wish to permanently change their sex or live full-time as women. Replaces the term "transvestite".
Little or no capacity to experience romantic attraction until a strong sexual or emotional connection is formed with another individual, often within a sexual relationship.
Demisexuality is a sexual orientation in which someone feels sexual attraction only to people with whom they have an emotional bond. Most demisexuals feel sexual attraction rarely compared to the general population, and some have little to no interest in sexual activity. Demisexuals are considered to be on the asexual spectrum, meaning they are closely aligned with asexuality.
The act of dressing in gendered clothing and adopting gendered behaviors as part of a performance, most often clothing and behaviors typically not associated with your gender identity. Drag Queens perform femininity theatrically. Drag Kings perform masculinity theatrically. Drag may be performed as a political comment on gender, as parody, or simply as entertainment. Drag performance does not indicate sexuality, gender identity, or sex identity.
A capacity that evokes the want to engage in romantic intimate behavior (e.g., sharing, confiding, trusting, interdepending), experienced in varying degrees (from little-to-none, to intense). Often conflated with sexual attraction, romantic attraction, and/or spiritual attraction.
Generally with another term attached, like gender-fluid or fluid-sexuality, fluid(ity) describes an identity that may change or shift over time between or
Abbreviation. A person who was assigned female at birth, but identifies and lives as a male.
A person who is emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to members of the same gender. Used as an umbrella term to denote someone that is not considered heterosexual. Also the term used to describe homosexual men or men who are attracted physically, emotionally, sexually, spiritually, and mentally to other men.
A socially constructed system of classification that ascribes qualities of masculinity and femininity to people. Gender characteristics can change over time and are different between cultures.
The idea that there are only two genders ("male" and "female") and that every person is one 0f those two.
Clinically significant distress caused when a person's gender assigned birth is not the same as the one with which they identify. According to the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the term - which replaces Gender Identity Disorder - "is intended to better characterize the experiences of affected children, adolescents, and adults."
Conveys a wider, more flexible range of gender identity and/or expression than typically associated with the binary gender system.
External appearance of one's gender identity, usually expressed through behavior, clothing, haircut or voice, and which may or may not conform to socially defined behaviors and characteristics typically associated with being either masculine or feminine.
Describes a person whose gender identification and presentation shifts, whether within or outside of societal, gender-based expectations.
The idea and practice of playing with "gender cues" to purposely confuse "standard" or stereotypical gender expressions, usually through clothing.
One's innermost concept of self as man, woman, a blend of both or neither - how individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves. One's gender identity can be the same or different from their sex assigned at birth. It is important to note that gender identity, biological sex, and sexual orientation are separate and that you cannot assume how someone identifies in one category based on how they identify in another category.
The system of belief that there are only two genders (men and women) and that gender is inherently tied to one's sex assigned at birth. It holds cisgender people as superior to transgender people, and punishes or excludes those who don't conform to society's expectations of gender.
Inclusive language to describe relationships ("spouse" and "partner" instead of "husband/boyfriend" and "wife/girlfriend"), spaces (gender-neutral/inclusive restrooms are for use by all genders), pronouns ("they" and "ze" are gender neutral/inclusive pronouns) among other things.
A term used to describe some people whose gender expression is different from conventional expectations of masculinity and femininity. Please note that not all gender non-conforming people identify as transgender; nor are all transgender people gender non-conforming. Many people have gender expressions that are not entirely conventional - that fact alone does not make them transgender. Many transgender men and women have gender expressions that are conventionally masculine or feminine. Simply being transgender does not make someone gender non-conforming. The term is not a synonym for transgender or transsexual and should only be used if someone self-identifies as gender non-conforming.
Genderqueer people typically reject notions of static categories of gender (binary i.e. "men" and "women") and embrace a fluidity of gender identity and often, though not always, sexual orientation. People who identify as "genderqueer" may see themselves as being both male and female, neither male nor female or as falling completely outside these categories.
Someone who identifies outside the gender binary, and/or believes that the gender binary is a social construct and doesn't really exist. A term used by some individuals who identify as neither entirely male nor entirely female. The term is not a synonym for transgender or transsexual and should only be used if someone self-identifies as non-binary and/or genderqueer.
How an individual acts "masculine" or "feminine". Societies commonly have norms regarding how males and females should behave, expecting people to have personality characteristics and/or act a certain way based on their biological sex.
The process by which some people strive to more closely align their internal knowledge of gender with its outward appearance. Some people socially transition, whereby they might begin dressing, using names and pronouns and/or be socially recognized as another gender. Others undergo physical transitions in which they modify their bodies through medical interventions.
Assuming every person to be heterosexual therefore marginalizing persons who do not identify as heterosexual. It is also believing heterosexuality to be superior to homosexuality and all other sexual orientations.
Benefits derived automatically by being (or being perceived as) heterosexual that are denied to non-heterosexual sexual orientations.
Sexual, emotional, and/or romantic attraction to a sex other than your own. Commonly thought of as "attraction to the opposite sex" but since there are not only two sexes, this definition is inaccurate.
Sexual, emotional, and/or romantic attraction to a sex the same as your own. Commonly thought of as "attraction to the same sex" but since there are not only two sexes, this definition is inaccurate.
The fear and hatred of or discomfort with people who are attracted to members of the same sex. It can be expressed as antipathy, contempt, prejudice, aversion, or hatred, may be based on irrational fear, and is sometimes related to religious beliefs.
Arrangement of a society to benefit one group at the expense of another through the use of language, media education, religion, economics, etc.
Describes a person born with external genitalia, chromosomes, or internal reproductive systems that are not traditionally associated with either a "standard" male or female. Most intersex people do not possess "both" sets of genitals, rather a blending or a different appearance that is medically unacceptable to most doctors. Intersexuality is fairly common.