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A


asexual

Asexual, describes the sexual orientation of people who experience little or no sexual attraction or experience sexual attraction only under specific circumstances. The term, “asexual” is also an umbrella term describing people who may experience desire at any of several points on a spectrum of different levels of desire, most of which have their own names and definitions. The “A” in LGBTQIA is usually understood to stand for “asexual.” [Added 13 May 2022]


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B


bisexual

Bisexual, describes the sexual orientation of people who are sexually attracted to more than one gender. The “B” in LGBTQIA stands for “bisexual.” [Added 13 May 2022]


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G


gay

Gay is most commonly used to describe men who are attracted to men or males, and it is sometimes used by lesbians to self-identify as women attracted to women or females. The “G” in LGBTQIA stands for “gay.” [Added 13 May 2022]


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H


heterosexual

Heterosexual describes the sexual orientation of people who are sexually attracted to people of the “opposite” gender in a male/female binary system. [Added 14 May 2022]


homosexual

Homosexual, a term that has fallen from favor, describes the sexual orientation of people who are sexually attracted to people of their own gender. [Added 14 May 2022]


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I


intersex

The “I” in LGBTQIA+ stands for intersex, describing persons whose physical characteristics include sexual organs thought to be atypical under a male/female binary system. [Added 13 May 2022]


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L


lesbian

Lesbian is most commonly used to describe women attracted to women or females. The “L” in LGBTQIA stands for “lesbian” [Added 14 May 2022]


lgbtq(+)

The acronym LGBTQ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer. A “+” is often included in an attempt to include other sexual or gender minorities such as asexual or nonbinary people. [Added 13 May 2022]


lgbtqia(+)

The acronym LGBTQIA stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual. A “+” is often included in an attempt to include other sexual or gender minorities such as nonbinary people. [Added 13 May 2022]


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N


nonbinary

[To be defined.]


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Q


queer

[To be defined.]


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S


sexual orientation

[To be defined.]


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T


transgender

[To be defined.]


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Further Glossary Resources

The following are resources you might find useful in expanding your vocabulary (or satisfying your curiosity) around the language of sex, sexuality and gender.


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Sources

The following are sources consulted in the compilation of this Glossary.


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