My post series barely scratches the surface of the LGBTIQA Community. Below is a list of more terms & definitions. This list will be ever updating, so if I’ve missed any terms, let me know in the comments!

Non-binary: “people whose gender is not male or female use many different terms to describe themselves, with non-binary being one of the most common. Other terms include genderqueer, agender, bigender, and more. None of these terms mean exactly the same thing – but all speak to an experience of gender that is not simply male or female.”

Gender Neutral: “describes the idea that policies, language, and other social institutions should avoid distinguishing roles according to people’s sex or gender, in order to avoid discrimination arising from the impression that there are social roles for which one gender is more suited than another.”

Pansexual: “have the capability of attraction to others regardless of their gender identity or biological sex. A pansexual could be open to someone who is male, female, transgender, intersex, or agendered/genderqueer.”

Demisexual: “a person who does not experience sexual attraction unless they form an emotional connection. It’s more commonly seen in, but by no means confined, to romantic relationships. The term demisexual comes from the orientation being “halfway between” sexual and asexual.”

Polyamory: “the nonpossessive, honest, responsible and ethical philosophy and practice of loving multiple people simultaneously.” (Opposite: monogamy)

Androgyny: “The definition of androgynous is something that has both female and male traits, or something that is not clearly either masculine or feminine.”

Metrosexual: “The one thing you can say that applies to all metrosexuals out there is that we are a well-groomed bunch. We are intentional about our hair (head, face, chest, and otherwise), understand that a coordinated outfit is better than a matching one, realize that certain shoes are better-suited for certain occasions, and similarly realize that certain demeanor is better-suited for certain occasions.”

Two-Spirit: “Though Two Spirit may now be included in the umbrella of LGBTQ, The term “Two Spirit” does not simply mean someone who is a Native American/Alaska Native and gay. Traditionally, Native American two spirit people were male, female, and sometimes intersexed individuals who combined activities of both men and women with traits unique to their status as two spirit people. In most tribes, they were considered neither men nor women; they occupied a distinct, alternative gender status. In tribes where two spirit males and females were referred to with the same term, this status amounted to a third gender. In other cases, two spirit females were referred to with a distinct term and, therefore, constituted a fourth gender. Although there were important variations in two spirit roles across North America, they shared some common traits.”


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