LGBTQ+ Term GlossaryFreyja
February 26, 2023
Agender - refers to a person who does not identify with or experience any gender. This is different from non-binary because many non-binary people do experience gender.
Ally - this term relates to an individual who supports the LGBTQ+ people and community. This can include people who are heterosexual and cisgender people as well as members of the LGBTQ+ community who support and advocate for others in their community.
Androgynous - having physical elements of both femininity and masculinity, whether expressed through sex, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.
Aromantic - an individual who does not experience romantic attraction., aromantic people can experience sexual attraction. Aromantic people exist on a spectrum of attraction and describe their place within that spectrum.
Asexual- an individual who does not experience sexual attraction. Asexuality is a sexual orientation that does not necessarily entail specifically chosen behaviors. Asexual people exist on a spectrum of sexual attraction.
Bi-curious- a person who is interested in exploring their attraction to people of a variety of genders. Use this term only when self-identifining, don't impose or assume it about another person.
Bigender- a person whose gender identity embodies two genders or moves between genders. Genderfluid is another common term used.
Binary - someone who fits into the gender binary.
Binding- this is when an individual will tightly wrap their chest to minimize their breast appearance. Unsafe binding can result in health issues and breathing problems.
Bisexual - Persons who are attracted, romantically, emotionally, and/or sexually to people of more than one gender. This might not be at the same time or in the same manner or at the same level. You don't have to have equal romantic or sexual experience/attraction with people across all genders.
Cisgender - an individual whose gender identity aligns with the one the sex that they were assigned at birth.
Closeted- someone who is not open about their gender identity or sexual orientation.
Demiromantic - an individual who experiences romantic attraction but only after having formed an emotional connection.
Demisexual - an individual who experiences sexual attraction only after forming an emotional connection.
Demi boy- an individual whose gender identity is partly male, regardless of their assigned sex at birth
Demi girl - an individual whose gender identity is only partly female, regardless of their assigned sex at birth.
FTM/F2M: this is an abbreviation of female to male; a transgender man.
FTX/F2X: this is a gender-expansive person or a genderqueer who was assigned female at birth.
Gay: a person who is romantically, emotionally, and/or physically attracted to someone of the same gender.
Gender: gender is used to describe the characteristics of women and men that are socially constructed.
Gender Binary: this is the disproven concept that there are only two genders and that everyone 'fits' into one.
Gender Expansive: this is an umbrella term that is used to describe someone who expands notions of identity and gender expression beyond the societal gender norms. Gender-expansive people might feel that they are among genders on a spectrum or beyond the binary paradigm.
Genderfluid: a person who may move among genders and does not adhere to one fixed gender.
Gender Identity: Gender identity does not correspond to biological sex. Gender identity is one's inner feelings of whether they are male, female, both, or neither.
Gender-neutral: a person who is not gendered. A person who experiences no gender may be agender or neutrois.
Gender nonconforming (GNC): someone who does not follow gender stereotypes.
Genderqueer: Someone who does not follow binary gender norms.
Heteroflexible: a straight person who is attracted to people of a different gender, but also experiences attraction to people of the same gender of them.
Heterosexual: a person who is romantically, physically and or/emotionally attracted to a person of a different gender.
Homoflexible: a gay person who is attracted to people of the same gender but also experiences attraction to people of other genders.
Homosexual: this is a term that is used to describe lesbian, queer or gay people. This term can be offensive, depending on how it is used.
Intersex: People who are biologically between the medically expected definitions of male and female. Intersex is about biological sex, it is distinct from sexual orientation and gender identity.
Lesbian: this term refers to a woman who is physically, romantically, and or/emotionally attracted to other women.
Misgender: this term refers to someone who uses a word, pronoun of any form of address that does not correctly reflect their gender.
Nonbinary: this term refers to people who are not gender binary. They might exist between or beyond the woman-man binary.
Omnisexual: this term refers to a person who is physically, emotionally, and or/ romantically attracted to people of any gender and who notices their partner's gender.
Pansexual: this term refers to a person whose emotional, romantic, and/or physical attraction is to people inclusive of all genders.
Polyamorous: this term refers to people who have the desire for multiple consenting intimate relationships simultaneously.
Transgender: This term refers to a person's gender identity that does not necessarily match their assigned sex at birth. Transgender people may not alter their bodies surgically or hormonally to match their gender identity. This word is an umbrella term.
Transmasculine: an AFAB person who is closer to masculinity than feminity but is not a binary man.
Transsexual: this term refers to people who consider or use medical interventions as part of the process of expressing their gender.
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