Glossary

Adult Baby (Paraphilic Infantilism / Autonepiophilia)

Paraphilic infantilism, also known as autonepiophilia and adult baby syndrome is a sexual fetish that involves role-playing a regression to an infant-like state. Behaviours may include drinking from a bottle or wearing nappies.

Ageism

Any attitude, action, or institutional structure, which subordinates a person or group because of age or any assignment of roles in society purely on the basis of age

Agender
A person who does not identify themselves as having a particular gender.
Allosexism

The system of discrimination and exclusion that oppresses asexual people.

Allosexual

A sexual orientation generally characterized by feeling sexual attraction or a desire for partnered sexuality.

Ally

A (typically) straight and/or cis person who supports members of the LGBT community.

Androgyne

A person with masculine and feminine physical traits.

Androphilia

Describes sexual attraction to men or masculinity

Aromantic

This is a person who experiences little or no romantic attraction to others. Where romantic people have an emotional need to be with another person in a romantic relationship, aromantics are often satisfied with friendships and other non-romantic relationships

Asexual (Ace)

Someone who does not experience sexual attraction

Autosexual

Refers to someone who has a great deal of trouble responding to someone else sexually but can respond fairly or very well to his (or her) own touch.

BDSM

Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and Submission, Sadism and Masochism. BDSM refers to a wide spectrum of activities and forms of interpersonal relationships. While not always overtly sexual in nature, the activities and relationships within a BDSM context are almost always eroticised by the participants in some fashion. Many of these practices fall outside of commonly held social norms regarding sexuality and human relationships.

Bear Community

This community is composed of men similar in looks and interests, most of them big, hairy, friendly and affectionate. The community aims to provide spaces where one feels wanted, desired, and liked. It nourishes and values an individual’s process of making friends, of learning self-care and self-love through the unity and support of the community. Bears, Cubs, Otters, Wolves, Chasers, Admirers and other wildlife comprise what has come to be known as the Brotherhood of Bears and/or the Bear community.

Bi Gender

Relates to a person who feels an ongoing need to express both male and female personas. Non-fluid bi-gender people can choose the most opportune time to present as male or female. Some bi-gender people might also identify as a crossdresser, drag queen, or drag king, and be completely comfortable in that scene.

Biphobia

The fear or dislike of someone who identifies as bi(sexual), pan(sexual), omni(sexual), or nonmono(sexual).

Bisexual (Bi)

Refers to an emotional and/or sexual orientation towards more than one gender.

Butch

A gender expression that fits definitions of masculinity. Usually referred to gay women, lesbians and queer women. Some consider “butch” to be its own gender identity.

Ceterosexual/romantic

Refers to someone who's attracted to non-binary people

Cisgender (Cis)

Someone whose gender identity is the same as the sex they were assigned at birth. Non-trans is also used by some people.

Cissexism / Cisgenderism

The belief that there are and should only be two genders and that gender is tied to assigned sex. Within cisgenderism / cissexism, cisgendered people are the dominant group and trans people are the oppressed group.

Colour Gender

A gender associated with one or more colours and the feelings, hues, emotions, and/or objects associated with that colour.

Coming Out

When a person first admits to themselves their sexual identity and then tells someone/others about their identity as lesbian, gay or bi.

Cross-Dresser (CD)

A word to describe a person who dresses, at least partially, as a member of a gender other than their assigned sex; carries no implications of sexual orientation. Has replaced 'Transvestite'

Deadnaming

This is calling someone by their birth name after they have changed their name. This term is often associated with trans people who have changed their name as part of their transition.

Demi Bi

A bisexual who is only sexually attracted to someone if they have a close bond. Taken from Urban Dictionary

Demi Lesbian

Someone who is demisexual and a lesbian. A girl who doesn't experience sexual attraction to another girl unless they form a strong emotional connection with her. Taken from Urban Dictionary

Demisexual

This is a sexual identity in which someone feels sexual attraction only to people with whom they have an emotional bond. Most demisexuals feel sexual attraction rarely compared to the general population, and some have little to no interest in sexual activity. Demisexuals are considered to be on the asexual spectrum, meaning they are closely aligned with asexuality.

Discrimination

Inequitable actions carried out by members of a dominant group or its representatives against members of a marginalised or minority group.

Drag King

A person (often a woman) who appears as a man usually for an act or performance. This has no implications regarding gender identity.

Drag Queen

A person (often a man) who appears as a woman usually for an act or performance. This has no implications regarding gender identity.

Dryagender

A form of agender that is best represented by an empty, tranquil forest. One of many agenders associated to nature.Taken from What the heck gender am I?

Egalitarian Polyamory

A lack of hierarchy, upholds autonomy of all participants. Egalitarian polyamory is more closely associated with values, subcultures and ideologies that favour individual freedoms and equality in sexual matters.

Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. It brings together over 116 separate pieces of legislation into one single Act. Combined, they make up a new Act that provides a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all.

The Act simplifies, strengthens and harmonises the current legislation to provide Britain with a new discrimination law which protects individuals from unfair treatment and promotes a fair and more equal society.

It identifies 9 protected characteristics:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion and belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
Femme

Describes gender expressions of femininity. E.g. A gay femme may be a gay man who may like to dress and act femininely

Gay

Refers to a man who has an emotional, romantic and/or sexual orientation towards men. Also a generic term for lesbian and gay sexuality - some women define themselves as gay rather than lesbian.

Gender

Often expressed in terms of masculinity and femininity, gender is largely culturally determined and is assumed from the sex assigned at birth.

Gender Dysphoria

Medical terminology and clinical diagnosis used to describe when a person experiences discomfort or distress because there is a mismatch between their sex assigned at birth and their gender identity.

Gender Expression

How a person chooses to outwardly express their gender, within the context of societal expectations of gender. This does may mean that a person identifies as trans, gender fluid or neither.

Gender Fluid

A person whose gender identity and presentation shifts fluidly in motion between two or more genders.

Gender Identity

A person’s innate sense of their own gender, whether male, female or something else (see non-binary below), which may or may not correspond to the sex assigned at birth.

Gender Queer (GQ)

A person whose gender identity and/or gender expression falls outside of the dominant norm for their assigned sex, is beyond genders, or is some combination of them.

Gender Reassignment

This is where some form of medical intervention can take place, but it can also mean changing names, pronouns, dressing differently and living in their self-identified gender. Gender reassignment is a characteristic that is protected by the Equality Act 2010, and it is further interpreted in the Equality Act 2010 approved code of practice. 

Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC)

This enables those transitioning to be legally recognised in their affirmed gender and to be issued with a new birth certificate. Not all trans people will apply for a GRC and you currently have to be over 18 to apply. You do not need a GRC to change your gender markers at work or to legally change your gender on other documents such as your passport.

Gender Variant

A person who varies from the expected characteristics of the assigned gender.

Genderless

1 : lacking qualities typically associated with either sex. 2 : suitable to or for either sex; also : not reflective of the experiences, prejudices, or orientations of one sex more than the other genderless language. Taken from Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Gillick Competence

Medical term to decide whether a child (under 16 years of age) is able to consent to his or her own medical treatment, without the need for parental permission or knowledge.

Grey Romantic

A person with a romantic orientation that is somewhere between aromantic and romantic. Taken from Urban Dictionary

Gynephilia

Describes the sexual attraction to women or femininity

Hermaphrodite

A person having both male and female sex organs or other sexual characteristics, either abnormally or as the natural condition. Taken from Vocabulary Dictionary

Heterosexual

A person who has an emotional, romantic and/or sexual orientation towards people of the opposite gender.

Homosexual

Medical term used to describe someone who has an emotional romantic and/or sexual orientation towards someone of the same gender. The term ‘gay’ is now more generally used.

Homophobia

The fear or dislike of someone who identifies as lesbian or gay.

Intersex

This describes a person who may have the biological attributes of both sexes or whose biological attributes do not fit with societal assumptions about what constitutes male or female. Intersex people may identify as male, female or non-binary.

Leather Community

A community, which encompasses those who are into leather, sado-masochism, bondage and domination, uniform, cowboys, rubber, and other fetishes. Although the leather community is often associated with the queer community, it is not a "gay-only" community.

Lesbian

A woman who has an emotional, romantic and/or sexual orientation towards women. Some women may prefer to be known as gay.

LGBT+

An acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and (+) all other communities that represent people with gender and/or sexual identities.

Libragender

A person who is mostly agender, but has a strong connection with either masculinity or femininity. Taken from Urban Dictionary

Lipstick Lesbian

Slang terminology for a feminine lesbian who is attracted to other feminine lesbians. They generally enjoy fashion, flowers, perfume, sex and the city, lingerie, lipstick of course, and (gasp!) passionate sex with other women. Taken from Urban Dictionary

Lithromantic

A romantic orientation on the asexual spectrum which describes an individual who feels romantic attraction towards others, but who does not desire reciprocation of that attraction or does not wish to enter a romantic relationship. Taken from Urban Dictionary

Misgendering

Attributing a gender to someone that is incorrect/does not align with their gender identity. If after misgendering someone you fail to correct it, this then becomes a hate crime as gender is a protected characterisitic.

Monogamy

Having only one intimate partner at any one time.

Monosexism

The belief in and systematic privileging of monosexuality as superior, and the systematic oppression of non-monosexuality.

Monosexual

People who have romantic, sexual, or affectional desire for one gender only. Heterosexuality and homosexuality are the most well-known forms of monosexuality.

MSM

Men who have Sex with Men. Latest terminology for gay / bi men who may or may not identify as gay, especially within the Black, African, Asian minority ethnicities. 

Neurodiverse

A concept where neurological differences are recognised and respected in the same way as any other human difference.

Neutrois

A non-binary gender identity that falls under the genderqueer (GQ) or transgender umbrellas. There is no one definition of Neutrois, since each person that self-identifies as such experiences their gender differently. The most common ones are: Neutral-gender, Null-gender, Neither male nor female, Genderless and/or Agender.

Non-binary

A gender term for a person who does not identify as only male or only female, or who may identify as both.

Non-Gender

Not relating to or connected with a particular gender. Taken from Oxford Dictionaries

Nonmonosexual

People who are attracted to more than one gender e.g. Bisexual

Omnigender

Possessing all genders. The term is used specifically to refute the concept of only two genders.

Omnisexual

Describes people who have romantic, sexual or affectional desire for people of all genders and sexes.  

Outed

When a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender person’s sexual orientation or gender identity is disclosed to someone else without their consent.

Person with a trans history

Someone who identifies as male or female or a man or woman, but was assigned differently at birth. This is increasingly used by people to acknowledge a trans past.

Pansexual (Pan)

A person whose emotional, romantic and/or sexual attraction towards others is not limited by biological sex, gender or gender identity. 

Polyamory

Describes being in/open to multiple loving relationships at the same time. Some polyamorists (polyamorous people) consider “poly” to be a relationship orientation. Sometimes used as a term for all forms of ethical, consensual, and loving non-monogamy.

Polygender

Exhibits characteristics of multiple genders, deliberately refuting the concept of only two genders.

Polysexual

Refers to people who are sexually attracted to more than one gender or sex but do not wish to identify as bisexual as it infers that there are only two genders. Polysexuals often include the idea of a third gender, often regarding transgender as the separate third gender and subsequently being sexually attracted to them.

Pronoun

Is a word used to refer to people’s gender in conversation - for example, ‘he’ or ‘she’. Some people may prefer others to refer to them in gender neutral language and use pronouns such as they / their and ze / zir.

Queer

Once a term used as a derogatory remark towards LGBT+ individuals. The term has now been reclaimed by young LGBT+ people, in particular those who don’t identify with traditional categories around gender identity and sexual orientation.

Questioning

Those who are exploring their own sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

Sex

This is assigned to a person on the basis of primary sex characteristics (genitalia) and reproductive functions. Sometimes the terms ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ are interchanged to mean ‘male’ or ‘female’. Sex or gender of an individual has nothing to do with their sexual identity / orientation.

Sexual Orientation

A person’s emotional, romantic and/or sexual attraction to another person.

Skoliosexual/romantic

An old term referring to someone who's attracted to non-binary people. It has been dropped as skolio means bent or broken and the community felt this was discriminatory.

Straight

A person who has an emotional, romantic and/or sexual orientation towards people of the opposite gender.

Third Gender

A category of people who do not identify as male or female, but rather as neither, both, or a combination of male and female genders. Taken from Oxford Dictionaries

Trans

An umbrella term to describe people whose gender is not the same as, or does not sit comfortably with, the sex they were assigned at birth. Trans people may describe themselves using a variety of terms, including (but not limited to) Transgender, Transsexual, Gender-queer (GQ), Gender-fluid, Non-binary, Gender-variant, Crossdresser, Genderless, Agender, Nongender, Third gender, Two-spirit, Bi-gender, Transman, Transwoman,Trans masculine, Trans feminine, FtM, MtF and Neutrois.

Transfeminine

Transfeminine is a term used to describe transgender people who were assigned male at birth, but identify with femininity to a greater extent than with masculinity. ... Trans woman. Demi girls. Multigender people who identify as female more than other genders. Taken from Gender Wiki

Transgender

Describes someone who was assigned as one sex (male or female) at birth but now identifies and lives in the opposite sex. The term is frequently abbreviated to 'trans'.

Transgender Man

Describes someone who was assigned female at birth but now identifies and lives as a man. Sometimes shortened to trans man or FtM (Female-to-Male).

Transgender Woman

Describes someone who was assigned male at birth but now identifies and lives as a woman. Sometimes shortened to trans woman or MtF (Male-to-Female).

Transition

The process a trans person may take to live in the gender with which they identify. Each person’s transition will involve different things but they will need to dress and live as that person before they will be considered for any medical intervention. This might be hormone therapy, voice therapy, or surgery - breast removal, hysterectomy, phalloplasty, vaginoplasty. Not all trans people will want or are able to have this. Transitioning also might involve things such as telling friends and family, dressing differently and changing official documents.

Transmasculine

Transmasculine is a term used to describe transgender people who were assigned female at birth, but identify with masculinity to a greater extent than with femininity. This includes: Trans men. Demiguys. Multigender people who's strongest gender identity is a masculine one. Taken from Gender Wiki

Transphobia

The fear or dislike of someone based on the fact they are trans, including the denial/refusal to accept their gender identity.

Transsexual (TS)

This is more of a medical term to describe a person who lives either full time or part time in a gender different than their assigned birth sex and gender.

Transvestite (TV)

A person who feels comfortable wearing clothes of the opposite gender but is also comfortable in their own gender (also known as Cross Dresser)

Two Spirit

1. The term stems from the Ojibwe phrase niizh manidoowag and replaces the outdated, oversimplified term berdache, which appeared frequently in research and anthropological studies that aimed to describe the place of gay men in Native society in the 18th and early 19th centuries

2. The phrase “two spirit” began to gain traction across Native America after 1990, when 13 men, women and transgender people from various tribes met in Winnipeg, Canada, with the task of finding a term that could unite the LGBTQ Native community. […]

3. The term ‘two spirit’ resists a Western definition of who we are and what we should be. Two spirit [people] are integral to the struggle of undoing the impacts of historical trauma, because our roles in tribes historically were part of the traditions taken away from us with Westernization.” - Zachary Pullin (Chippewa Cree), May/June 2014 Issues of Native Peoples.

4. There are a variety of definitions and feelings about the term “two spirit” – and this term does not resonate for everyone.

Ursula

Some lesbians, particularly butch dykes, also participate in Bear culture referring to themselves with the distinct label Ursula.

Womyn/Womxn

Some womyn spell the word with a “y” or an “x” as a form of empowerment to move away from the “men” in the “traditional” spelling of women