AFAB – assigned female at birth
AMAB – assigned male at birth
Androgyny/ous – gender expression that has elements of masculinity and femininity
Aromantic – someone who experiences little to no romantic attraction to others
Asexual – someone who experiences little to no sexual attraction to others
Bisexual – there are a couple different definitions but generally defined as a person who is attracted to two or more genders OR attracted to the same and a different gender
Body positivity –
*Different than self-love (see below)
Butch – someone who identifies as masculine, usually used for a masculine presenting queer women
Cisgender (cis) – a gender identity describing someone who identifies with their assigned sex at birth
Femme – someone who identifies as feminine (physically, mentally, emotionally), often used to refer to a feminine presenting queer woman
Gender identity – the sense of gender, of being male, female, neither, both, so on and so forth
Heteronormativity – Kris Nelson over at Everyday Feminism describes it as: “a system that works to normalize behaviors and societal expectations that are tied to the presumption of heterosexuality and an adherence to a strict gender binary”.
LGBTQ+ – term used to describe the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer/questioning community. Other variations also include the identities asexual/aromantic and intersex.
Pansexual – a person who is attracted to all genders.
Racism – as Nicki Lisa Cole puts it: “racism refers to a host of practices, beliefs, social relations and phenomena that work to reproduce a racial hierarchy and social structure that yields superiority and privilege for some, and discrimination and oppression for others.”
- Racism is privilege plus power
Transgender – a gender identity describing someone who does not identify with their assigned sex at birth; usually an umbrella term that covers various gender identities that do not match a person’s assigned sex
Trans man – a transgender person assigned female at birth but whose gender identity is a man.
Trans woman – a transgender person assigned male at birth but whose gender identity is a woman.
*Note: the spaces between trans man/woman is important because the term ‘trans’ (and the longer ‘transgender’) is an adjective.
White supremacy – the belief and system that white people are superior to those of all other races. Discriminatory laws have both historically and presently create a system of white supremacy where white people (as a whole) benefit over people of color
Further terms and explanations can be found at the following places:
- University of Michigan Spectrum Center – LGBT Terms and Definitions
- It’s Pronounced Metrosexual – Comprehensive list of LGBTQ+ Term Definitions