LGBTQ Definitions

Sex refers to one’s biological attributes: genitals, chromosomes, hormones, etc.

Gender Identity refers to one’s psychological identity as male, female, or something else.

Agender refers to someone with no gender.

Androgyne refers to someone with aspects of both male and female genders, who identifies as somewhere in-between male and female. )

Genderqueer refers to someone of a gender other than male or female.

Transgender refers to anyone whose gender identity does not match their sex at birth. 

  • Female to Male (FTM) – Is a person born as a female but their true gender identity is male.
  • Male to Female – (MTF) – is a person born as a male but feel their true gender identity is male.

Sexual Identity refers to one’s sense of self in relation to other genders. It has the same categories as orientation, but is usually seen as something one has more choice over.

Straight refers to an attraction to the opposite gender.

Gay refers to an attraction to one’s own gender.

Lesbian refers to a female attracted to females. Not all gay females necessarily identify as lesbian, and not all lesbians necessarily identify as gay.

Bisexual refers to an attraction to both males and females.

Pansexual refers to an attraction to people regardless of gender.

Asexual refers to no attraction to any particular group of people. (This is not an attraction towards oneself; that would be autosexual.)

Questioning refers to someone who is currently trying to determine their orientation or sexual identity.

Queer An umbrella term to refer to all LGBTIQ people....A political statement, as well as a sexual orientation, which advocates breaking binary thinking and seeing both sexual orientation and gender identity as potentially fluid....A simple label to explain a complex set of sexual behaviors and desires. For example, a person who is attracted to multiple genders may identify as queer....Recently is also as been used like the word gay. A  person might identify queer instead of gay or lesbian even if they are only attracted to their own gender.