Terms We Use

The following list has been produced alongside members of the Proud2Be Youth Group. Please note this list is not comprehensive and may not apply to every individual.

Agender
A person who does not have a gender

Aro
An umbrella term for those who experience zero, varying, or infrequent romantic attraction

Arophobia
The irrational hatred or fear of someone because they are or are perceived to be aromantic

Acephobia
The irrational hatred or fear of someone because they are or are perceived to be ace

Ace
An umbrella term for those who experience zero, varying, or infrequent sexual attraction

Bigender
Someone who has two genders

Biphobia
The irrational hatred or fear of someone because they are or are perceived to be bi

Bi
Romantic and/or sexual attraction towards more than one gender

Cis
A person whose gender aligns with the sex they were assigned at their birth

Demigender
Someone who identifies partially (but not wholly) with a particular gender

Demi (sexual and romantic)
An umbrella term used to describe people who may only experience sexually or romantically attracted to people with whom they have formed an emotional bond

Gay
A man or non-binary person with romantic and/or sexual attraction towards men

Gender Binary
The common idea that there are only two genders, woman & man and the consequent inaccurate assumption that all people fall into one or other of these categories

Genderfluid
Refers to a person who does not identify with a fixed gender

HBT

The acronym for homophobic, biphobic and/or transphobic

Homophobia
The irrational hatred or fear of someone because they are or are perceived to be gay

Homoromantic
Someone who is romantically attracted to people of the same gender

Intersex
A person of any gender, born with biological characteristics that do not match typical societal assumptions of “male” or “female” sex

Lesbian
A woman or non-binary person with romantic and/or sexual attraction towards women

Lesbophobia
The hatred or fear of someone because they are or are perceived to be a lesbian

LGBTQ+
The acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, queer, intersex, asexual, pansexual, non-binary + more

Non-binary
An umbrella term for people whose gender falls outside of the gender binary

Pan
Romantic and/or sexual attraction towards others regardless of gender

Pronoun
Words we use to refer to people’s gender in conversation – for example, he/him or she/her and gender-neutral pronouns such as they/their and ze/zir

Questioning
Someone who is unsure/exploring their sexual orientation and/or gender

Straight
A person who is attracted to people of the opposite binary gender

Trans
An umbrella term for people whose gender does not align with the sex they were assigned at their birth.

Transphobia
The irrational hatred or fear of someone because they are or are perceived to be trans

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