LGBTQI+ Identities

List of LGBTQI+ Terms and Identities
Agender – Describes a person who identifies as having no gender
Ally– A person who is not LGBTQ but shows support for LGBTQ people and promotes equality in a variety of ways.
Androgynous- Identifying and/or presenting as neither distinguishably masculine nor feminine.
Aromantic– An orientation that describes a person who experiences little or no romantic attraction to others and/or a lack of interest in forming romantic relationships.
AsexualThe lack of a sexual attraction or desire for other people.
BisexualA person emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to more than one sex, gender or gender identity though not necessarily simultaneously, in the same way or to the same degree.
CisgenderA term used to describe a person whose gender identity aligns with those typically associated with the sex assigned to them at birth.
GayA person who is emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to members of the same gender.
Gender expression External appearance of one’s gender identity, usually expressed through behavior, clothing, haircut or voice, and which may or may not conform to socially defined behaviors and characteristics typically associated with being either masculine or feminine.
Gender-fluid 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.
Gender identityOne’s innermost concept of self as male, female, a blend of both or neither – how individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves. One’s gender identity can be the same or different from their sex assigned at birth.
Gender non-conforming A broad term referring to people who do not behave in a way that conforms to the traditional expectations of their gender, or whose gender expression does not fit neatly into a category.
GenderqueerGenderqueer people typically reject notions of static categories of gender and embrace a fluidity of gender identity and often, though not always, sexual orientation. People who identify as “genderqueer” may see themselves as being both male and female, neither male nor female or as falling completely outside these categories.
Intersex Group of rare conditions where the reproductive organs and genitals do not develop as expected. Some prefer to use the term disorders (or differences) of sex development. Intersex is also used as an identity term by some community members and advocacy groups.
LesbianA woman who is emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to other women.
LGBTQ An acronym for “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.”
Queer A term people often use to express fluid identities and orientations. Often used interchangeably with “LGBTQ.”
Questioning A term used to describe people who are in the process of exploring their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Pansexual A sexual orientation that describes a person who is emotionally and sexually attracted to people regardless of gender.
Sexual orientation An inherent or immutable enduring emotional, romantic or sexual attraction to other people.
TransgenderAn umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or expression is different from cultural expectations based on the sex they were assigned at birth. Being transgender does not imply any specific sexual orientation. Therefore, transgender people may identify as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, etc.

Human Rights Campaign Glossary of Terms 
National LGBT Health Education Center Glossary of Terms

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