· A gender expression that has elements of both masculinity and femininity; occasionally used in place of “intersex” to describe a person with both female and male anatomy.


· A person who experiences little or no sexual attraction to others and/or a lack of interest in sexual relationships/behavior. They may or may not experience emotional, physical, or romantic attraction.

· Having a lack of (or low level of) sexual attraction to others and/or a lack of interest or desire for sex or sexual partners. Asexuality exists on a spectrum from people who experience no sexual attraction or have any desire for sex to those who experience low levels and only after significant amounts of time, many of these different places on the spectrum have their own identity labels. Another term used within the asexual community is “ace,” meaning someone who is asexual.



· A person who experiences attraction to some men and women.


· A person who fluctuates between traditionally “woman” and “man” gender-based behavior and identities, identifying with two genders (or sometimes identifying with either man or woman, as well as a third, different gender).



· Someone who doesn’t develop sexual attraction to anyone until they have a strong emotional connection.


· Referring to a masculine presenting lesbian. While often used derogatorily, it is also reclaimed affirmatively by some lesbians and gay women as a positive self-identity term.



· A term used to describe individuals who are primarily emotionally, physically, and/or sexually attracted to members of the same sex and/or gender. More commonly used when referring to males/men-identified people who are attracted to males/men-identified people, but can be applied to females/women-identified people as well.

· Experiences attraction solely (or primarily) to some members of the same gender. Can be used to refer to men who are attracted to other men and women who are attracted to women.


· According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a person who does not identify with a single fixed gender; of or relating to a person having or expressing a fluid or unfixed gender identity.



· An umbrella term used to describe a wide range of natural bodily variations. In some cases, these traits are visible at birth, and in others, they are not apparent until puberty. Some chromosomal variations of this type may not be physically apparent at all.

· Term for a combination of chromosomes, gonads, hormones, internal sex organs, and genitals that differs from the two expected patterns of male or female.



· Women who are primarily attracted romantically, erotically, and/or emotionally to other women.



· Initials for “men who have sex with men” and “women who have sex with women,” to distinguish sexual behaviors from sexual identities. Often used in the field of HIV/Aids education, prevention, and treatment.



· People who identify as queer embrace identities and sexual orientations outside of mainstream heterosexual and gender norms. A term people often use to express fluid identities and orientations.


· An individual who or time when someone is unsure about or exploring their own sexual orientation or gender identity.



· An identity label used to describe a person whose gender identity does not align with the socially expected one according to their sex assigned at birth.

· Third Gender.

Trans-man/ Trans-woman

· A person who has transitioned their identity from woman to man, and sometimes their body from female to male/A person who has transitioned their identity from man to woman, and sometimes their body from male to female.



· Shorthand or umbrella terms for all folks who have a non-normative (or queer) gender or sexuality, there are many different initials people prefer. LGBTQ is Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer and/or Questioning and Intersex (sometimes people at a + at the end in an effort to be more inclusive), GSM is Gender and Sexual Minorities, DSG is Diverse Sexualities and Genders, TGNC is Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming.