LESBIAN: Women who experience sexual, romantic, physical, and/or spiritual attraction to other women
GAY: Mostly referes to men who are attracted to men in a romantic, erotic and/or emotional sense. However, not all men who engage in same-gender sexual behavior identify as gay therefore should be used with caution.
BISEXUAL: A person who experiences sexual, romantic, physical, and/or spiritual attraction to more than one gender, not necessarily at the same time, in the same way, or to the same degree.
TRANSGENDER: A person whose sense of personal identity or gender does not correspond to the sex they were assigned at birth, or does not conform to gender stereotypes. Sexual orientation varies and is not dependent on gender identity.
QUEER: a multi-faceted word that is used in different ways and means different things to different people.
QUESTIONING: An individual who is unsure of and/or exploring their gender identity and/or sexual orientation.
INTERSEX: An umbrella term that describes people born with any of 30 different variations in sex characteristics including chromosomes, gonads, sex hormones, or genitals.
+: Everyone else on the gender and sexual identity spectrum as well as allies.
LGBTQ ALLY: Someone who confronts heterosexism, anti- LGBTQ biases, heterosexual and cisgender privilege in themselves and others; believes that heterosexism, homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia are social justice issues.
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