LGBTQ+ DEFINITIONS AND TERMINOLOGY

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GAY

A man who is solely attracted to men

Also an umbrella term

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LESBIAN

A woman who is solely attracted to women

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BISEXUAL

Someone who is attracted to two or more genders

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PANSEXUAL

Someone who is attracted to people regardless of gender

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ASEXUAL

Someone who is not interested in having sex with anyone

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AROMANTIC

Someone who is not interested in being in a romantic relationship with anyone

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QUEER

A word used in the past as slang for LGBTQ+ people

Now reclaimed as umbrella term by the LGBTQ+ community 

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TRANSGENDER

A person who doesn’t identify as their assigned gender at birth

Can be an umbrella term

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CISGENDER

A person who identifies as their assigned gender at birth

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INTERSEX

A person born with both male and female genitalia

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NONBINARY

People who identify outside of the gender binary

Can be an umbrella term

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GENDERFLUID

People who fluctuate between different gender expressions throughout their lifetime

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AGENDER

Someone who doesn’t identify as any gender

 

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