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GBLT: Definitions and Terms

Bi-Sexual – The capacity to be attracted physically and/or emotionally to more than one gender.

Gay Man – The preferred term for reference to a male with a same-gender orientation.

Genderqueer – Someone who identifies as a gender other than "man" or "woman," or someone who identifies as neither, both, or some combination thereof. Some genderqueer people see their identity as one of many different genders outside of man and woman, some see it as a term encompassing all gender identities outside of the gender binary (that there are only two genders), some believe it encompasses binary genders among others, some may identify as a-gender and some see it as a third gender in addition to the traditional two.

GLBT – Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender; used interchangeably with LGBT.

GLBT Argot – Slang terms used within some of the LGBT community.

Heterosexism – The explicit or implicit assumption that everyone is heterosexual.

Homophobia – The fear, hatred or avoidance of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender individuals.  Homophobia is prejudice or bigotry toward gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender individuals.

Homosexuality – Primary sexual attraction to members of the same gender.
Intersex - General term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male. For example, a person might be born appearing to be female on the outside, but having mostly male-typical anatomy on the inside. Or a person may be born with genitals that seem to be in-between the usual male and female types—for example, a girl may be born with a noticeably large clitoris, or lacking a vaginal opening, or a boy may be born with a notably small penis, or with a scrotum that is divided so that it has formed more like labia. Or a person may be born with mosaic genetics, so that some of her cells have XX chromosomes and some of them have XY. From the Intersex Society of North America

LGBT - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender; used interchangeably with GLBT.

Lesbian – The preferred term for reference to a female with a same-gender orientation.

Queer – Term used by many LGBT people to identify themselves; a term that is more open, fluid, and all-encompassing than the more perceived rigid labels of bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender. Not all LGBT people feel comfortable or agree with using "queer" to describe themselves since historically it was – and sometimes still is - used as a term of degradation.

Sexual Orientation – Sexual Orientation refers to whether someone is generally physically and/or emotionally attracted to someone of their own gender, someone of the opposite gender, or people of both genders.

Transgender - Transgender is an "umbrella" term encompassing various groups of people with one thing in common: their identity, characteristics, and/or expressions do not conform to society’s stereotypes about gender.  Among these groups are the following: transsexuals (male-to-female (MTF) and female-to-male (MTF), transvestites or cross-dressers, drag queens or drag kings, bi-gender people and inter-sex people.