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It is more than an acronym! Learn the meanings behind the different words, phrases, and labels of queer culture.
LGBT, LGBTQ, LGBTQA, TBLG: These acronyms refer to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Asexual or Ally, and are different combinations of those words.
Asexual: A person who generally does not feel sexual attraction or desire to any group of people.
Ally: A non-LGBT person who supports and stands for the rights of LGBT people.
Bisexual: A person who is attracted to both people of their own gender and another gender.
Cisgender: A gender identity where an individual's experience of their own gender matches the sex they were assigned at birth.
Gay: A person who is attracted primarily to members of the same sex. Although it can be used for any sex (e.g. gay man, gay woman, gay person), “lesbian” is sometimes the preferred term for women who are attracted to women.
Gender Expression: A term that refers to the ways in which we each manifest masculinity or femininity. It is usually an extension of our “gender identity,” our innate sense of being male or female.
Gender Identity: For some, gender identity is in accord with physical anatomy. For transgender people, gender identity may differ from physical anatomy or expected social roles. It is important to note that gender identity, biological sex, and sexual orientation are all separate.
Genderqueer: Individuals who challenge both gender and sexuality regimes and see gender identity and sexual orientation as overlapping and interconnected.
Heterosexual: The clinical or scientific term for individuals who are only attracted to members of the opposite sex.
Homosexual: The clinical or scientific term for individuals who are attracted to members of the same sex.
Intersex: A person whose sexual anatomy or chromosomes do not fit with the traditional markers of "female" and "male." For example: people born with both "female" and "male" anatomy or people born with XXY chromosomes.
Lesbian: A woman who is primarily attracted to other women.
Queer: An umbrella term used by LGBTQA people to refer to the entire LGBT community. Some people also use "queer" to define themselves, as opposed to using labels and categories like lesbian or gay.
Questioning: The process of exploring and discovering one's own sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
Pansexual: A person who experiences sexual, romantic, physical, or spiritual attraction for members of all gender expressions, not just people who fit into the standard gender binary.
Transgender: This term is frequently used as an umbrella term to refer to all people who do not identify with their assigned gender at birth or the binary gender system. This includes transsexuals, cross-dressers, genderqueer, drag kings, drag queens, two-spirit people, and others.
Transsexual: A person whose gender identity is different from their biological sex, who may undergo medical procedures to change their biological sex, often times to align with their true gender identity.