Terms That Describe Genders, Sexuality, Behaviors And Identities

April 13, 2023 2 min read

Terms That Describe Genders, Sexuality, Behaviors And Identities

Ally: Ally is a person that confronts sexism, homophobia in themselves and also others purely out of self interest and concern for the LGBTQ+ and are committed to social justice and rights.

Agender: An identification used for people who do not identify with any gender.

Biphobia: Aversion, hatred and fear of people who identify as bisexual or those who are otherwise attracted to multiple genders.

Biromantic: A person who has romantic attraction towards two or more genders.

Bisexual: A person who is sexually attracted to two or multiple genders.

Cisgender: Individuals whose gender identity matches with their assigned sex at birth.

Closeted: Slang for those that keep their sexuality, gender or identity private and live a heterosexual life.

Coming Out: Disclosing one’s sexual or gender identity. It can either be informing others or accepting internally.

Femme: Referring to dynamic representations of feminine characteristics regardless of gender. Femmes claim a relationship to femininity and not necessarily to womanhood.

Gender Expression: How a person expresses their gender identity in terms of clothes, hair or voice.

Genderfluid: Any person whose gender expression or identity varies from one gender to another in any one way.

LGBTQIA

Homophobia: Hatred, fear or discomfort with people that love or are sexually attracted to the same gender.

Homosexual: The term coined for people with the same sex sexual attraction.

Masc: A term that refers to the dynamic representation of masculine characteristics regardless of gender. Mascs claims a relationship to masculinity and not necessarily to manhood.

Omnigender: A person that identifies as all genders and is used to refute the concept of only two genders.

Pangender: A person who exhibits characteristics of multiple genders.

Pansexual: Any person that is romantically, sexually or emotionally attracted to people regardless of their gender identity.

Polyamorous: Practicing more than one romantic relationship or someone who is open to having multiple partners at one given point of time.

Questioning: Individuals that are in the process of understanding their sexual orientation or identity.

Sexual Fluidity: The whole concept that sexual orientation can vary across the lifespan and in concepts. Although this does not mean that sexual orientation can be changed through therapy.

Transphobia: Discomfort, hatred or fear of people that are transgender or gender non-normative.

Two-Spirit: Term to describe certain people who identify with the third gender implying that they are masculine and feminine spirited in one body.


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