Terms and Definitions
LGBTQI+ Terms and Definitions
(L = Lesbian, G = Gay, B = Bisexual, T = Transgender, Q = Queer, I = Intersex)
Ally: A non-LGBTQI+ person who is supportive of and advocates for LGBTQI+ people.
Asexual: People who experience little or no sexual attraction
Bisexual: People who are attracted to people of more than one gender
Cisgender: Someone whose gender identity corresponds with his/her/their sex assigned at birth
Lesbian: Women who are attracted to women
Gay: Men who are attracted to men OR anyone who is attracted to people of the same gender
Gender: Socially constructed roles, behaviours, activities and attributes relating to sexuality
Gender Binary: The social construct of there being only two genders.
Gender Expression: The way in which a person expresses their gender identity, typically through their appearance, dress, and behavior
Gender Identity: A person’s own experience of his/her/their gender, which can align with social gender norms
Intersex: People born with anatomy that is neither typically male nor typically female
Pansexual: People who are attracted to individuals of all gender identities and expressions
+ (Plus): Added to “LGBTQI” to include any orientation not represented by those letters
Transgender: People whose gender identity is different from the gender they were assigned at birth (physical sex); someone who has transitioned (or is transitioning) from living as one gender to living as another.
Queer: Umbrella term for all people with non-heterosexual or non-binary orientations; historically used as a derogatory term but reclaimed affirmatively by the LGBTQI+ community
Sexual Orientation: A person’s pattern of emotional, sexual or romantic attraction