Terms We Use

The following list has been produced alongside members of the Proud2Be Youth Group. Please note this list is not comprehensive and may not apply to every individual.

Agender
Someone who doesn’t identify with any gender

Asexual/Ace
A person with no sexual interest but may be still romantically attracted to people

Bigender
Someone who identifies with two genders. These two gender identities could be male and female, but could also include non-binary identities

Biphobia
The fear or dislike of someone who is or is perceived to be bisexual

Bisexual
A person who is attracted* to people of two or more genders

Cisgender
Someone whose gender is the same as the sex or gender they were assigned at birth
Opposite of trans

Demigender
Someone who identifies partially but not fully as a certain gender (can be binary or non-binary)

Demisexual
Someone who is only attracted* to somebody once a connection has been made (i.e. friends)

Gay
A person who is attracted* to someone of the same gender

Gender Binary
The common idea that there are only two genders, woman & man – corresponding to the terms female & male, feminine & masculine, respectively – and the consequent assumption that all people fall into one or other of these categories

Gender Fluid
Refers to a person who does not identify with a fixed gender

Heterosexual/Straight
A person who is attracted* to someone of the opposite binary gender

Homophobia
The fear or dislike of someone who is or is perceived to be gay or lesbian

Homoromantic
Someone who is romantically attracted to people of the same gender

Intersex
Someone whose biology doesn’t completely match the typical social definitions of ‘female’ and ‘male’. Some intersex people identify as trans and part of the LGBT+ community but some do not

Lesbian
A woman who is attracted* to other women

LGBTQIA+
The acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, intersex and/or asexual. + is used as a way of including all other sexual, gender and romantic diversities who may or may not identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, intersex and/or asexual

Non-Binary
An umbrella term used to describe the identities of those for whom the “gender binary” doesn’t fit – either because their sense of gender falls outside the strict categories of woman/man entirely, or because it incorporates only parts of one or both, or is more than either one of those on its own – or they simply may not experience their identity in terms of gender at all

Pansexual
Someone who is attracted* to people, regardless of gender

Pronoun
Words we use to refer to people’s gender in conversation – for example, ‘he’ or ‘she’ and gender-neutral pronouns such as they/their and ze/zir

Questioning
Someone who is exploring and/or questioning their own sexual orientation and/or gender identity

Trans
An umbrella term used to describe people whose gender is not congruent with the assumptions made about them at birth. This includes but is not limited to gender fluid, agender, non-binary, bigender & demi gender. Opposite of cisgender

Transphobia
The fear or dislike of someone who is or is perceived to be trans

*sexually, romantically, spiritually, and/or physically

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