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Basic Terminology

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Ally - Someone who advocates and supports a community other than their own.

Binary - A system only encompassing two options. This term is also used as an adjective to describe the genders female/male or woman/man. 

Bisexual or bi An umbrella term for people who experience sexual and/or emotional attraction to more than one gender. 

Cisgender or cis Term for someone who exclusively identifies as their sex assigned at birth. 

Gender expression or presentation The physical manifestation of one’s gender identity through clothing, hairstyle, voice, body shape, etc. (typically referred to as masculine or feminine). 

Gender Identity One’s internal sense of being male, female, neither of these, both, or other gender(s). 

Sex Assigned at Birth The assignment and classification of people as male, female, intersex, or another sex assigned at birth often based on physical anatomy at birth and/or karyotyping.

Sexual Orientation A person’s physical, romantic, emotional, aesthetic, and/or other form of attraction to others. In Western cultures, gender identity and sexual orientation are not the same. 

Transgender or trans An umbrella term for people whose gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth.

Transition A person’s process of developing and assuming a gender expression to match their gender identity. Transition can include: coming out to one’s family, friends, and/or co-workers; changing one’s name and/or sex on legal documents; hormone therapy; and possibly (though not always) some form of surgery.

Transsexual - A deprecated term that is often considered pejorative similar to transgender in that it indicates a difference between one’s gender identity and sex assigned at birth.

QueerA term for people of marginalized gender identities and sexual orientations who are not cisgender and/or heterosexual.