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Gay* word of the day

 
 

*Gay here is used as an umbrella term to designate any diverse form of gender or sexual expression. Got an identity/term that you'd like to see included? Email us! gsrc@oneonta.edu

2013

Monosexual:
Is romantic and/or sexual attraction to members of one sex or gender only. A monosexual person may identify as heterosexual or homosexual.

Pansexual:
Is sexual attraction, sexual desire, romantic love, or emotional attraction toward people of all gender identities and biological sexes. Self-identified pansexuals may consider pansexuality a sexual orientation.

Gender Blind:
Is someone who adheres to not distinguishing people by gender; gender and sex are insignificant or irrelevant in determining whether they will be sexually attracted to others.

Gender Fluidity:
Do not feel confined by restrictive boundaries of stereotypical expectations of girls or boys. A person who may feel they are a girl some days and a boy on others, or possibly feel that neither term describes them accurately.

Biphobia:
 Aversion toward bisexuality and bisexual people as a social group or as individuals.

Agender:
a term that describes people who do not have a gender identity.

Bisexual:
Term for a person sexually attracted to people of both the same and opposite sex.

Genderqueer/ Bigendered:
A term for those who refuse to be confined to a single gender role.

Lesbian:
A term for a woman sexually attracted to other women.

Gay:
 An inclusive term for those attracted to people of the same sex or not exclusively attracted to people of the opposite sex, although it is often used in the phrase “gays and lesbians,” which places men and women in separate categories, and can thus refer either to both genders or men only.

Same Gender Loving:
A self-evident term used by those dissatisfied by traditional terminology.

Transgender:
 A term for a person who presents as having a gender other than their sex assigned at birth.

Transsexual:
Someone in or beyond the process of gender reassignment involving physiological changes, or transvestite, a word for someone who — whether occasionally or frequently, whether publicly or privately, and for any one of various reasons — wears clothing associated with the opposite gender.

Ally:
 is a heterosexual person who supports equal civil rights, gender equality, LGBT social movements, and challenges homophobia and transphobia.

Drag Queen:
 is a man who dresses, and often acts, like a caricature woman often for the purpose of entertaining.

Dyke:
A term for a woman sexually attracted to other women; some people consider it offensive, although many lesbians have reclaimed the word and self-identify as dykes.

Queer:
An inclusive term for those attracted to people of the same sex or not exclusively attracted to people of the opposite sex; some people may consider it offensive, although many who that fall under that definition have reclaimed the word and self-identify as queers.

Omnisexual:
Involving, related to, or characterized by a diverse sexual propensity.

Drag King:
Female performance artists who dress in masculine drag and personify male gender stereotypes as part of their routine.

Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS):
Refers to surgical alteration, and is only one small part of transition. Preferred term to "sex change operation." Also known as Gender Confirmation Surgery.

Cross Dressing:
The act or practice of wearing clothes made for a different sex.

Outing:
Involuntary or unwanted disclosure of another person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.


Questioning:
An individual who is unsure about or is exploring their own sexual orientation or gender identity.


Heterosexual:
A person primarily emotionally, physically, and/or sexually attracted to members of the opposite sex.


Lipstick lesbian:
Usually refers to a lesbian with a feminine gender expression. Can be used in a positive or a derogatory way. Is sometimes also used to refer to a lesbian who is assumed to be (or passes for) straight.


Aromantic:
A person who experiences little or no romantic attraction to others and/or a lack of interest in forming romantic relationships.

Androgyny/ous:
A gender expression that has elements of both masculinity and femininity; occasionally used in place of “intersex” to describe a person with both female and male anatomy.


Cisgender:
A person whose gender identity and biological sex assigned at birth align.