As well as our first pride month blog, we have created a glossary of terms for your reference.  

Once you have read the glossary, scroll to the bottom of the page to test your knowledge with our pride quiz!

*All definitions were created using the following resources as reference: 

Gender: Socially constructed roles and characteristics our society has associated with women, men, and non-binary people. This is not the sex that one has been assigned at birth (ex. female) but how a person feels they most identify. 

Asexual: A broad spectrum of sexual orientations generally characterized by feeling low, limited or no attraction/desire to engage in sexual activity. Asexuality is not celibacy, which is the deliberate abstention from sexual activity despite sexual desire. While there are some asexual people who do not wish to engage in any sexual behavior, others do choose to have sex and do experience varying levels of sexual attraction. Those who identify as asexual may still experience romantic, physical and/or emotional attraction.

Bisexual: A person who has physical, romantic, and/or emotional attractions to those of their same gender and to those of another gender. Sometimes, a bisexual person may favor one gender over the other. 

Cisgender: A term used to describe people who are not transgender. A more common way to describe cisgender people is to say non-transgender people.

Demisexual: A person who feels sexual attraction only to others with whom they have an emotional bond. Most demisexuals feel sexual attraction rarely compared to the general population, and some have little to no interest in sexual activity. Demisexuals are considered to be on the asexual spectrum.

Gay: People whose enduring physical, romantic, and/or emotional attractions are to people of the same sex (e.g., gay man, gay people). While this term can refer to people of any gender, it is now most often associated with gay men. 

*The terms gay and “homosexual” were once seen as interchangable, but today the latter can be seen as offensive or derogatory, as many members of the gay and lesbian population associate it with its clinical past and the trauma of its history.

Lesbian: A woman who is physically, romantically, and/or emotionally attracted to other women. 

Intersex: A term that is used for people who have sexual anatomy that is neither male nor female. These are sometimes referred to as Differences of Sex Development (DSD). 

Non-binary and/or genderqueer: Terms used by some who experience their gender identity and/or gender expression as falling outside the societal definitions of man or woman. They may define their gender as falling somewhere in between or as wholly different from these terms. 

Pansexual: Pansexual refers to anyone attracted to all genders. This is different from bisexual because pansexual people are “gender-blind” andhave no preference to a specific gender while bisexual people generally have a preference while being attracted to two genders.

Polyamory: Consensually engaging in/being open to multiple loving relationships at the same time. Sometimes used to describe all forms of ethical, consensual, and loving non-monogamy. This includes triads and quads, where three and four partners are in a romantic and/or sexual relationship.

Queer: Queer is a term used to describe people who are not heterosexual. Often, terms such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, etc. are too limiting, so queer is a general and widely used term.

Transgender: An umbrella term for people whose gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth. People under the transgender umbrella may describe themselves using one or more of a wide variety of terms. Many receive medical support, like hormones or surgery to help transition to their true gender. But not all transgender people can or will take those steps, and a transgender identity is not dependent upon physical appearance or medical procedures.

Two Spirit: A cultural term encompassing sexuality and gender reserved for those within Indigenous Native American communities. Two Spirit people often serve integral roles in their communities, such as leaders and healers. Two Spirit may refer to an embodiment of both masculinity and femininity but this is not its only significance. There are a variety of definitions and feelings about the term two spirit – and this term does not resonate for everyone within Indigenous communities.  

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  1. So great to have all of this info in one place!

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