LGBT+ Glossary

Ace - Someone who experiences very little romantic and/or sexual attraction (aromantic or asexual).

Agender - Someone who identifies as having no gender or being without a gender identity (also called genderless, non-gendered or ungendered).

Bisexual - Someone who is sexually attracted to both men and women.

Binding - When someone with breasts uses a binder or alternative material to push breasts tight to the chest, giving the appearance of a flatter chest. This can cause serious health problems if done incorrectly, or without a binder fit for purpose.

Cisgender/Cis - Someone whose gender identity matches with the sex they are born with.

Deadnaming - Using someone’s birth name after they’ve changed their name.

Demisexual - When someone needs to develop a deep meaningful connection with someone before romantic/sexual feelings can occur.

Gay - Someone who is sexually attracted to the same gender as themselves (most commonly used in men). 

Gender Dysphoria - When  discomfort or distress are caused by someone’s gender identity not matching the sex they were assigned at birth. 

Gender Identity - A person’s internal sense of being male, female, some combination of male and female, or neither male nor female.

Intersex - When a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male.

Lesbian - A woman who is only sexually attracted to other women.

Non-binary - A gender identity that is not exclusively masculine or feminine; this may be a combination of both or neither.

Pan - Someone who can be romantically and/or sexually attracted to anyone, regardless of gender (panromantic or pansexual). 

Queer - A term used by those wanting to reject specific labels of sexual orientation and/or gender identity. This has previously been used as an insult to LGBT+ people so some still consider it an offensive term.

Sex - The anatomy of an individual’s reproductive system (usually either male or female). 

Sexuality - A person’s sexual orientation or preference.

Transgender/Trans - Someone whose gender identity does not match with the sex they are born with.

Transsexual - This was used in the past as a more medical term to refer to transgender people. This term is still used by some, although many people prefer the term trans or transgender and some find the term “transexual” offensive and outdated.