Ally – a straight person who works to end discrimination against the LGBTQ community.
Androgynous – having the same characteristics or nature of both maleness and female; neither specifically feminine or masculine.
Bisexual – a sexual orientation and/or identity of a person who is sexually attracted to some males and some females.
Gay – a sexual orientation and/or identity of a person who is sexually and emotionally attracted to some members of the same sex.
Gender Expression – an individual’s physical characteristics, behaviors and presentation that are linked, traditionally, to either masculinity or femininity, such as: appearance, dress, mannerisms, speech patterns, and social interaction.
Gender Identity – how we identify ourselves in terms of our gender (male or female).
Gender Non-Conforming – an identity of a person who has gender characteristics and/or behaviors that do not conform to traditional or societal gender expectations.
Heterosexism – applies to attitudes, bias, and discrimination in favor of heterosexual sexuality and relationships; it includes the presumption that everyone is heterosexual or that male/female attractions and relationships are the norm and therefore superior; it is the belief that everyone is or should be straight.
Heterosexual – a person whose sexual and emotional attraction is to those of the opposite sex.
Homophobia – refers to an irrational fear of or aversion to homosexuality or lesbian, gay, and bisexual people.
Intersex – an umbrella term used for individuals who are outside the boundaries or biological sex and culturally determined gender expression.
Lesbian - a sexual orientation and/or identity of a person who is female-identified and who is sexually and emotionally attracted to other females.
LGBTQ – acronym for Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning.
Queer – an umbrella term used to describe sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression that does not conform to heteronormative society.
Questioning – being unsure of one’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity or feeling uncomfortable with the available categories (i.e gay, straight, male, female, etc…).
Sexual Orientation – the inner feelings of who we are attracted or oriented to sexually and emotionally.
Straight – a common acceptable adjective for heterosexuals.
Transgender – an identity of a person whose gender identity is not aligned with their sex assigned at birth and/or whose gender expression is non-conforming.
Transphobia – the irrational fear or aversion to transgender people of those who are perceived to break or blur societal norms regarding gender identity or gender expression.