LGBTQ Terms & Definitions
This list serves as a resource and guide. Terminology is fluid and identity terms hold different meaning to different people, by no means can every definition perfectly describe every individual's experience with identity.
An identity term used by people who do not identify with or conform to any gender.
A person that actively combats queer and trans hostility, oppositions, and engages in advocacy work for the well-being and concern for LGBTQ+ people in their day-to-day life.
Gender expression that falls somewhere on the spectrum between masculinity or femininity.
Someone who does not experience romantic attraction to others. Aromanitc is sometimes shortened as "aro."
Someone who does not experience sexual attraction towards people. They may still have romantic, emotional, affectional, or relational attractions to other people. Asexuality is not a form of celibacy, which is the intentional abstention from sexual activity. Asexual is sometimes shortened as "ace."
A person who experiences varying forms of attraction to both men and women or to more than one gender.
A term for a person whose gender identity and gender expression, generally matches with their gender assigned at birth.
A person who experiences sexual attraction after a strong emotional connection is formed.
FAAB or AFAB
Abbreviation for "female assigned at birth" or "assigned female at birth."
Generally, a man who experiences forms of attraction to other men. People have used "gay" as a term to express attraction to people of the same gender.
A term used to describe how one expresses themselves externally in terms of dress, speech, or mannerisms on the scale of masculinity and femininity.
A person's internal sense of their own gender (e.g. cisgender, transgender, gender queer, etc.)
A person who experiences shifts in their gender identity and/ or gender expression.
A person who does not subscribe to gender expression or roles expected of them by society.
A person whose gender identity and/ or expression falls outside of the masculine/feminine gender binary.
A person who experiences emotional, romantic, sexual, affectionate attraction to someone of the opposite gender. Often called a "straight" person.
A term used to describe bodies that fall outside the male/female binary. In general, the term is used for people born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn't fit the boxes of female or male based on chromosomes, internal/external genitals, hormones, etc.
A term used to describe a woman who experiences emotional, romantic, sexual, or affectionate attraction to other women.
MAAB or AMAB
Abbreviation for "male assigned at birth" or "assigned male at birth."
Masculine of Center
A term used to describe queer or lesbian female assigned at birth with a more masculine gender expression.
An umbrella term describing anyone whose gender identity falls outside the binary of woman/man.
A person who experiences various forms of attraction to others regardless of their gender identity.
A term used to describe an individual who has more than one romantic relationship during a period of time.
An umbrella identity term used by people who do not conform to the norms of heterosexuality and/or the gender binary. The term has historical roots as a slur but has been reclaimed.
The process of exploring one's own sexuality and/ or gender identity.
QPOC / QTPOC
Abbreviation for "queer people of color" or "queer and trans people of color."
A form of attraction where individuals experience attraction through deep, emotional connections with another person(s).
The type of sexual, romantic, physical, and/ or spiritual attraction one experiences for others.
A term used for those who belong to a gender identity not recognized in the Western understanding of the gender binary.
Transgender or Trans
An umbrella term used to describe individuals whose gender identity does not align with their gender assigned at birth.
An umbrella terminology used by Native American/ First Nations/ Indigenous peoples who identify with a third gender, or as means to unify various gender identities and or expressions.
An identity used by some individuals in the United States who are both queer and undocumented to show that their identity is not only intersectional, but also inseparable.