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QUEER: Umbrella term to describe individuals who don’t identify as straight. Due to its historical use as a derogatory term, it is not embraced by all LGBTQ people.

LGBTQ: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer.

QUILTBAG: Queer, or questioning, undecided, intersex, asexual.

GENDER IDENTITY: The internal perception of an individual’s gender and how they label themselves.

GENDER EXPRESSION: External display of gender, through dress, demeanor, social behavior measured on a scale of masculinity and femininity.

BI-GENDER: One who fluctuates between female and male gender based identities.

CISGENDER: the majority of people whose gender identity, gender expression and biological sex all align (man-masculine-male or woman-feminine-female).

GENDERQUEER: a catch-all term for gender identities other than man and woman. People who may think of themselves as man and woman, neither man nor woman, moving between genders.

THIRD GENDER: a person who does not identify with traditional genders of male or female.

TWO-SPIRITS: Native American two-spirits were male, female, and sometimes intersex individuals who combined activities of both men and women with traits unique to their status as two spirits. In most tribes, they were considered neither men nor women; they occupied a distinct, alternative gender status.

INTERSEX: a person with sexual anatomy that doesn’t fit within the labels of female or male. Formerly referred to as hermaphrodites.

SKOLIOSEXUAL: a person attracted to genderqueer and transgender people.

ASEXUAL: the lack of sexual attraction to anyone, or low or absent interest in sexual activity. It may be considered the lack of a sexual orientation, or one of the variations thereof, alongside heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality.

PANSEXUAL: a person who experiences sexual, romantic, physical or spiritual attraction for members of all gender identities.

METROSEXUAL   a man who is especially meticulous about his grooming and appearance. The term describes heterosexual men who adopt fashions and lifestyles stereotypically associated with homosexual men but  it can be used to refer to anyone with any sexual orientation.

FLUID: gender-fluid or fluid- sexuality describes a person fluctuating between a mix of options such as man and woman, bisexual and straight.

FTM/F2M; MTF/M2F: female-to-male; male-to-female transgender person.

TRANSITIONING: the process of moving from one sex or gender to another.

TRANSGENDER: A blanket term used to describe all people who are not cisgender.

A person whose gender identity is the opposite of their biological sex, who may undergo medical treatments to change their biological sex to align with their gender identity, or they may choose to live their lives as the opposite sex.

TRANSVESTITE/CROSS-DRESSER: a person, gay or straight, who dresses as the opposite gender for relaxation, fun and/or sexual gratification.