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  • LGBTQ+ Glossary: 69+ LGBTQ terms explained

    Let’s be honest: sexuality and gender are complex topics. 

    But fret not, for we’re here to help. We’ve done the research, and compiled this huge list of LGBTQ-related words and concepts to help answer the most common questions you might have about sexuality and gender. 

  • What does transphobia mean?

    Transphobia refers to a prejudice, hatred, or hostility towards transgender people. Some prefer the term “cissexism” to “transphobia”, because the latter can seem to justify acts of hostility by using the excuse of “the fear of the unknown”.
  • What does transition mean?

    The term “transition” is an umbrella term that refers to processes where a trans individual moves from one gender presentation to another.

    There are 3 broad aspects to this. A trans individual may transition in any combination, or none at all.

  • What does transgender mean?

    A transgender person's gender identity and/or gender expression differs from the sex they were assigned at birth. This includes people who identify with multiple genders, no gender, or genders outside the man/woman binary. Not all transgender people choose to undergo medical transition.
  • What is a trans woman?

    A trans woman is short for a transgender woman, and refers to a person whose gender identity and/or gender expression is that of a woman, but was assigned the male sex at birth.
  • What is a trans man?

    A trans man is short for a transgender man, and refers to a person whose gender identity and/or gender expression is that of a man, but was assigned the female sex at birth.
  • What do they / them / theirs pronouns mean?

    This set of pronouns is traditionally used to refer to groups of people (plural). However, these pronouns are increasingly used as gender neutral pronouns to refer to a single person (singular).
  • What does straight mean?

    Straight is a colloquial term used to describe heterosexual people.
  • What do she / her / hers pronouns mean?

    “She / Her / Hers” is a set of gender-specific pronouns used to refer to women or girls.

  • What does sexual-ish mean?

    Sexual-ish refers to a “grey” spectrum of sexuality that lies between asexuality and sexuality. A person on this spectrum may experience sexual attraction on occasion or only towards specific people (e.g. people they’re in a romantic relationship with). People in this spectrum are known as “grey- A”, “grey ace”, “grace”, “semisexual”, “asexual-ish” or “sexual-ish”. 
  • What's the difference between sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression?

    A person’s sexual orientation refers to how they’re romantically, emotionally, and/or sexually attracted or not attracted to others.
  • What does sexual orientation mean?

    A person’s sexual orientation refers to their enduring romantic, emotional, and/or sexual attraction or non-attraction to other people.