Up until a few years ago, the world of sexual identities was restricted to heterosexuals and homosexuals. Today with the world making small but steady moves towards inclusivity, the spectrum goes beyond just the basics.
If you often find yourself wondering what LGBTQUIA+ really stands for, we've created a glossary for you to better understand gender and sexuality spectrums.
A woman who is sexually attracted to someone of the same gender.
A person who is sexually attracted to someone of their own gender, especially used for men.
The potential for romantic or sexual attraction to genders similar to one's own and dissimilar to one's own. And no, it isn’t a 50/50 split. Bisexuality doesn’t mean half gay or half straight, it means 100% bisexual.
T: T in the acronym can have multiple meanings that pertain to gender identity
Trans: it is an umbrella term for people whose gender is not the same or does not resonate with the gender they were assigned at birth.
Transexual: Historically meant someone transitioning from one sex to the other using medical/surgical treatments. Today, some of these words have fallen out of favour.
Transgender: Term for someone that identifies as a different gender than what was assigned at birth.
Q: This letter too has two meanings
Queer: This term has various meanings but it primarily is seen as an inclusive term or as a unique celebration of not moulding to social norms.
Questioning: People who are in a process of discovery and exploration about their sexual orientation, gender identity & gender expression.
Refers to people that have biological traits that do not match what is typically identified as male or female. Being intersex is a naturally occurring trait in humans; it is not pathological. Being intersex is not linked to sexual orientation or gender identity; intersex people can have different sexual orientations and gender identities and expressions.
Asexual: Someone who experiences little to no sexual attraction. This does not necessarily mean that they do not experience a romantic attraction.
Ally: People who identify as cisgender and straight, and believe in social and legal equality for LGBTIQ+ people are allies.
It's not just a mathematical symbol, it denotes everything on the sexuality spectrum that words yet can't define.