LGBTQI+ Ter­mi­nol­ogy

The Irish Times - Tuesday - Health - - Lgbti+ -

Tra­di­tion­ally, LGBT was the acro­nym used to de­scribe di­ver­sity of sex­u­al­ity and gen­der. This has evolved over time, with LGBTQI+ more com­monly used. Re­mem­ber, if in doubt, ask!

Les­bian: fe­males who are at­tracted sex­u­ally and emo­tion­ally to other fe­males. Gay: males who are at­tracted sex­u­ally and emo­tion­ally to other males. Bi­sex­ual: a per­son who is at­tracted to ei­ther gen­der, but not nec­es­sar­ily equally. Trans­gen­der: a per­son whose gen­der iden­tity is dif­fer­ent from the sex they were given at birth. Queer: His­tor­i­cally a slur, more re­cently re­claimed by some as a pos­i­tive term de­scrib­ing some­one who does not con­form to, but chal­lenges tra­di­tional ideas about gen­der, sex­u­al­ity and iden­tity.

Ques­tion­ing: Refers to peo­ple who are un­cer­tain re­gard­ing their gen­der iden­tity or sex­u­al­ity.

In­ter­sex: Peo­ple born with vari­a­tions in their re­pro­duc­tive or sex­ual or­gans that don’t fit with typ­i­cal def­i­ni­tions of male or fe­male bod­ies.

Het­ero­sex­ual: a per­son who is at­tracted to peo­ple of a dif­fer­ent gen­der. Known as “straight”.

Pan­sex­ual: some­one who can be at­tracted to any other per­son, re­gard­less of their gen­der.

Asex­ual: some­one who does not ex­pe­ri­ence sex­ual at­trac­tion. Cis­gen­der: some­one whose gen­der iden­tity matches with the sex they were given at birth. Non-bi­nary: Peo­ple whose gen­der does not typ­i­cally fit with male or fe­male.

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