Sex: Biological differences in chromosomes, hormonal profiles, internal and external sex organs.
Gender: Characteristics that a society or culture delineates as masculine or feminine. A person’s gender identity is the gender that they associate themselves with.
Queer: An umbrella term for sexual and gender minorities that are not heterosexual, or gender-binary. This can also apply to people whose gender identity is in a state of flux.
Pronouns: A pronoun is a word that takes the place of one or more nouns. When speaking to someone who identifies as queer, remember to ask about their preferred pronoun.
Lesbian: Female who is sexually attracted to females.
Gay: Male who is sexually attracted to males.
Bisexual: Sexually attracted to both males and females.
Transgender: Does not identify with the sex/gender assigned at birth.
Intersex: Born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male.
Asexual: Not sexually attracted to males or females.
Pansexual: Sexually attracted to people of any sex and gender.
LGBTQ+: Acronym which refers to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer and all other classifications (e.g. pansexual).