The information below is intended to raise awareness and aid understanding of LGBTQ+ terminology and issues.
Each of these terms and definitions have been researched, analyzed and consulted upon based on perspectives, cultural sensitivity, common usage and appropriateness. Terminology, definitions and meaning for people change overtime, and this list should be merely a guide toward understanding and not the sole basis of acquiring the knowledge that encompasses a LGBTQ+ diverse community. Each person or community may have their own meanings and/or different terminology. We encourage you to ask first and do not let definitions to generalize an individual or population.
There are a variety of trans and gender variant identities. Here are a few common words to know:
• Agender: A person who does not identify with gender.
• Androgyne: A person who desires a sex expression between cis-male and cis-female norms, or someone whose gender does not fit the male or female binary.
• Bigender: A person who identifies as two genders, whether simultaneously or in turn.
• Cisgender: A person who identifies with the gender that they were assigned at birth.
• Genderfluid: A person who has a shifting or changing gender identity.
• Genderqueer: A person who has a gender identity that falls outside of the norm for their assigned sex.
• Intersex: A person who has sex characteristics that are neither entirely male nor female (note: intersex is not a gender identity, it is a sex identity).
• Transgender/Trans: A person who has a gender identity that does not match that assigned at birth.
|a-||romantic/sexual||Does not experience attraction toward anyone.|
|gray-||romantic/sexual||Rarely experiences attraction toward anyone.|
|demi-||romantic/sexual||Attracted to someone only after developing a very strong bond.|
|hetero-||romantic/sexual||Attracted to gender(s) other than their own.|
|homo-||romantic/sexual||Attracted to the same gender as their own.|
|bi-||romantic/sexual||Attracted to the same gender and to gender(s) other than their own|
|pan-||romantic/sexual||Attracted to all genders/regardless of gender.|
|poly-||romantic/sexual||Attracted to multiple (but not necessarily all) genders.|
|He||He smiled||I saw him||His eyes||That is his||He like himself|
|She||She smiled||I saw her||Her eyes||That is hers||She likes herself|
|It||It smiled||I saw it||Its eyes||That is its||It likes itself|
|They||They smiled||I saw them||Their eyes||That is theirs||They like themselves|
|Ne||Ne smiled||I saw nem||Nir eyes||That is nirs||Ne likes nemself|
|Ve||Ve smiled||I saw ver||Vis eyes||That is vis||Ve likes verself|
|Spivak*||Ey smiled||I saw em||Eir eyes||That is eirs||Ey likes emself|
|Ze/zie/hir||Ze smiled||I saw hir||Hir eyes||That is hirs||Ze likes hirself|
|Ze/zie/zir||Ze smiled||I saw zir||Zir eyes||That is zirs||Ze likes zirself|
|Xe||Xe smiled||I saw xem||Xyr eyes||That is xyrs||Xe likes Xemself|
*Based on gender-neutral pronouns used by the mathematician Michael Spivak.