Miley Cyrus’ recent breakup with Liam Hemsworth and subsequent hook up with Kaitlynn Carter has shone the spotlight on sexuality and gender terminology once more. Awhile back, Miley declared that she was pansexual, leaving some of us scrambling to Google the definition. But pansexual is just one of the many terms that are becoming increasingly commonplace, and just like when you play games at a jackpot casino you’ll want to know what the basic terminology means so you don’t get left behind.
There is a broadening LGBTQ+ dialect in use today, but never fear; a quick read will bring you right up to speed with all the terms in use:
Refers to no connection to either traditional gender of male or female, this person prefers not to be seen as either. Agender can also be referred to as gender neutral.
Androgyny, or a person that is androgynous, expresses traditional elements of both genders simultaneously. This person may otherwise be aligned to one or the other gender, but expresses both.
Refers to being drawn to traditionally masculine qualities, or men. This attraction could be sexually, romantically, emotionally, one of the above, or all of the above.
Someone who experiences little to no romantic attraction to others regardless of their own sexual alignment, or that of others. But aromantics also exist on a wide spectrum ranging from having no romantic interest at all, to some romantic interest in specifically defined circumstances.
Those with an asexual nature have little to no interest in sexual relationships with others, regardless of their own sexual alignment, or that of others. Though, again, this may vary, and exists on a wide spectrum. There may be some limited sexual interest, depending on specific situations or circumstances.
Bicurious refers to a person who is curious about experiencing a romantic, sexual, or otherwise, attraction towards those of the same gender.
A bigender person will fluctuate between traditional male and female gender identities. The switch may happen as frequently as the person desires.
Using a binder, or the act of binding, refers to the use of an undergarment, similar to a bra. The garment is used to bind breasts, which helps to alter the outside perception of anatomical sex.
Biological sex is specifically a medical term. It is the identified sex of a person via medical science, using anatomical and hormonal characteristics. Classification is either male or female.
Biphobia refers to negative, or hostile attitudes towards bisexual people. This behaviour exists in both the LGBTQ+ and the straight community.
A bisexual is a person who feels attraction towards both male and female expressions. It is not required that this attraction be split in equal measures between the two gender expressions, and may fluctuate at various times.
The term butch can be used in both positive and negative connotations. Some use the term to express identification with traditional male qualities, physically or mentally. The term may also be used negatively in referring to lesbians.
Cisgender refers to a person being assigned a sex at birth, and identifying with that assigned gender in the expected traditional ways. It can also simply be said that if a person is not transgender, they are cisgender.
Cisnormativity refers to the idea that cisgender is the only gender, or that a cisgender identity is favourable over a transgender identity.
Cissexism is the favoured behaviour of those that identify as cisgender.
A person who is closeted is not open to the idea that they may have another gender identity they are not acknowledging. Or, they are keeping their gender identity secret out of fear.
Coming out is the process of accepting one’s gender identity or sexuality and sharing it with others.
A demiromantic is unable to form a romantic connection unless a strong sexual connection is developed first.
A Demisexual cannot develop any sort of sexual attraction to another, unless a strong romantic bond is first formed.
Fluidity simply refers to an identity or attitude that can shift over time. Sexual fluidity or gender fluidity are both examples, referring to a person who may be attracted to men or women, both, or neither.
There are all terms that refer to transgender transitions. Female to male or male to female. A 2 may be used, but with the same meaning.
The perception that only two genders exist and everyone falls into one or the other.
Referring to an expression of gender that is not traditional, such as a masculine woman, or feminine man.
This is referring to a person of any gender alignment that is attracted to women or feminine qualities.
A now out dated term that refers to a person born with some combination of traditionally male, or traditionally female, sexual characteristics. The term is no longer used, and is now considered to create stigmatisation. Use intersex instead.
The assumption that everyone is heterosexual.
An attitude that treats heterosexuals with favour over other gender identities.
A person who experiences sexual or romantic attraction to members of the same sexual gender. The term is discouraged, with the terms gay or lesbian instead preferred.
Intersex is preferred to the now derogatory term of hermaphrodite.
Women who are attracted sexually or romantically to other women.
LGBTQ; GSM; DSG; TGNC
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Queer
Gender And Sexual Minorities
Diverse Sexuality and Gender
Transgender And Gender Non-Conforming
A traditional male who has a stronger focus on his aesthetic, more so than is otherwise considered normative.
A person who is attracted to all gender alignments and expressions.
The practice of having multiple open and honest relationships.
Referring to, broadly, all those who don’t consider themselves straight, or cisgender.
A person who has transitioned or is transitioning between one gender alignment and another.
Queer Persons Of Colour
Queer And Trans Persons Of Colour
Sex Assigned At Birth (SAAB)
Same definition as biological sex.
Being specifically attracted to those who are transgender or transsexual. Though not to every transgender or transsexual person.