TERM                                                              DEFINITION

Agender                                                            A person with no gender identity.    

Aromantic                                                         A person who experiences little to no romantic attraction to others.

Asexual                                                              A person whose experiences little to no sexual attraction to others.                        

Bi+                                                                       A person who has the capacity to form enduring physical, romantic, or emotional                                                                                                                 connections to someone of the same gender or someone of another gender.

Biphobia                                                            Discomfort, hatred, or discrimination against people attracted to more than one gender. 

Cisgender (Cis)                                                A person whose gender identity aligns with the sex they were assigned as birth

Cissexism                                                          Assumption that all people are cisgender; a form of transphobia or discrimination

Gay                                                                      A person whose physical, romantic, and emotional attractions are of the same gender

Femme                                                               A person who self-identifies as feminine. 

Gender Binary                                                 Socially-enforced concept that there are only two possible genders. 

Gender Identity                                               Firmly held sense of gender; Internal manifestation.

Gender Expression                                         Firmly held sense of gender; External manifestation through name, pronouns,                                                                                                                         appearance, behavior, body characteristics

Gender Nonconforming (GNC)                    A person who identifies outside of the male-female gender binary system.                                                                                                                              Some GNC people identify as transgender.

Homophobia                                                     Discomfort, hatred, or discrimination against people attracted to the same gender. 

Intersex                                                             A person whose chromosomes, hormones, or sex organs differ from traditional "male" or                                                                                                   "female"

Lesbian                                                               A transgender or cisgender woman experiencing physical, romantic, or emotional                                                                                                                attraction to another trans or cis woman. 

QPOC/QWOC                                                    A queer person (QPOC) or woman (QWOC) whose sexual and racial identities intersect. 

Queer                                                                  A person whose particular sexual orientation is not exclusively heterosexual.

TPOC/TWOC                                                     A trans person (TPOC) or woman (TWOC) whose gender and racial identities intersect.

Transgender (Trans)                                        Describing a person whose gender identity does not align with the sex they were                                                                                                                  assigned at birth; can be used as an umbrella term for anyone who does not identity as                                                                                                      cisgender.

Transphobia                                                        Discomfort, hatred, or discrimination against transgender people.

Two-Spirit                                                          A person of Native-American culture who identifies with more than one gender.

Adapted from Mogul-Adlin 2015; GLAAD Media Reference Guide, 2017



GLAAD Media Reference Guide 2017 


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Mogul-Adlin, H. (2015). Unanticipated: Healthcare Experiences of Gender Nonbinary Patients and Suggestions for Inclusive Care. ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global.