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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).

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