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A note about Vocabulary and Terminology:

This list is meant to help the educator to learn the terms and vocabulary used in history that represent queer or LGBT history. This is not an all-inclusive or exhaustive list of terminology and reflects only the current understandings and usage of words at the time of publishing. Language is constantly changing as new terms are adopted or fall out of usage. These definitions may not resonate with all members of the LGBT community but represent generally-accepted or academic and/or medical definitions. When speaking about the queer community one should always use the most inclusive language. When speaking with someone in the queer community always use the terminology the individual identifies with and when in doubt, ask.



Ally (noun): a straight- or cis-identified person who advocates for and supports the LGBT community. A good ally uses their straight and/or cis privilege to raise the voices and stories of the LGBT community rather than speaking for us and will be in continuous education of the ever-changing issues the LGBT community faces.


Androgyny/ous (adj): a gender expression that is either a mixture of both masculine and feminine or neither.


Aromantic (adj): a person who experiences little to no romantic attraction to others.


Asexual (adj): someone who experiences little to no sexual attraction to others. Like all sexualities, asexuality exists on a spectrum and people who identify as asexual may experience anywhere from no sexual attraction or desire for sex to limited sexual attraction. Some people who identify as asexual do still engage in sexual relationships and many people who identify as asexual do still desire romantic relationship that do not involve sex. Approximately 1% of the world’s population are asexual.


Bigender (adj): a gender identity that fluctuates between traditionally masculine/male or feminine/female gender identities. A bigender person may identify with both genders at the same time, fluctuate between the two, or as a third gender.


Biological Sex or Sex Assigned [or Designated] at Birth (noun): a medical term, based on chromosomes, hormones, and anatomical characteristics, that classifies an individual as male, intersex, or female. Biological sex has no relation to a person’s gender identity or gender expression. 


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