Agender: People who have no gender identity or have a gender identity that is neutral.
Ally: A person who is not bisexual but shows support for bi+ people and promotes equality in a variety of ways.
Androgynous: Identifying and/or presenting as neither distinguishably masculine or feminine.
Aromantic: A person who experiences little or no romantic attraction to others.
Asexual, Ace: A person who experiences a lack of sexual attraction to others, or low or absent interest in or desire for sexual activity. Asexuality is considered an orientation and not a sexual behavior. Some asexual people engage in sexual activity despite sexual attraction to pleasure themselves, their partners, or a desire to have children.
Bisexual, Bi: A person who has the capacity to form enduring physical, romantic, and/or emotional attractions to those of the same gender or to those of another gender. People may experience this attraction in differing ways and degrees over their lifetime. Bisexual people need not have had any or specific sexual experiences to be bisexual.
Bi+ or the Bisexual Umbrella: An encompassing term for non-monosexual people with the capacity to be attracted to more than one or any gender. Includes people who identify as bisexual, pansexual, omnisexual, polysexual queer, fluid, unlabeled, and more.
Bi Erasure: A pervasive problem in which the existence or legitimacy of bisexuality is questioned or denied outright.
Biphobia: Fear, bias, and/or prejudice of bisexuals, often based on stereotypes, including inaccurate associations with infidelity, promiscuity, and transmission of sexually transmitted infections.
Closeted or not out: describes a person who is not open about their sexual orientation. For many bisexuals, this is due to biphobia or lack of or limited legal protections.
Demigender: is an umbrella term for nonbinary gender identities that have a partial connection to a certain gender. This includes the partly female identity, demifemale/demigirl, and the partly male identity, demimale/demiboy.
Demisexual: A person who does not experience sexual attraction unless they form an emotional connection.
Fluid: Attraction which changes or might change over time towards people of various genders.
Gender Expression: Is a person’s behavior, mannerisms, interests, and appearance that are associated with gender, sometimes within the categories of femininity or masculinity.
Gender Identity: One’s internal, deeply held sense of one’s gender. Gender identity is not visible.
Gender Non-Conforming: A term for people whose gender expression is different from conventional expectations of masculinity and femininity. Not all gender non-conforming people identify as transgender; nor are all transgender people gender non-conforming.
Gender transition: The process by which some people strive to more closely align their internal knowledge of gender with their outward appearance. Some people socially transition, whereby they might begin dressing, using names and pronouns and/or be socially recognized as another gender. Others undergo physical transitions in which they modify their bodies through medical interventions.
Genderqueer: Genderqueer people typically reject notions of static categories of gender and embrace a fluidity of gender identity and often, though not always, sexual orientation. People who identify as genderqueer may see themselves as both male and female, or neither male or female.
Grayromantic: A person who experiences occasional and/or mild romantic attraction.
Graysexual: A person who experiences occasional and/or mild sexual attraction. Heteroflexible: People who are usually attracted to people of genders different from their own, but might occasionally be attracted to people of genders similar to their own.
Homoflexible: People who are usually attracted to people of genders similar to their own, but might occasionally be attracted to people of genders different from their own.
Intersex: An umbrella term describing people born with variations of internal and/or external sex anatomy resulting in bodies that can’t be classified as the typical male or female. There are many intersex conditions which are potentially caused by genetic mutations, changes in the number of sex chromosomes, atypical gonads, exposure to unusual levels of sex hormones, or atypical response to hormones.
Non-binary: is a catch-all category for gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine or outside the gender binary and cisnormativity.
Non-monosexual: People who are attracted to more than one gender.
Outing: The act of publicly declaring or revealing another person’s sexual orientation or gender identity without that person’s consent. This is inappropriate and sometimes dangerous to the person.
Omnisexual, Pansexual, Pan: A person who has the capacity to form enduring physical, romantic, and/or emotional attractions to those of any or all genders. The prefix Omni is Latin and Pan is Greek, both mean “all.”
Queer: An adjective used by some people, whose sexual orientation is not exclusively heterosexual. They find the terms lesbian, gay, and bisexual to be too limiting and/or fraught with cultural connotations they feel don’t apply to them. Once considered a pejorative term, activists reclaimed the term to establish community and assert identity distinct from the gay identity. Some use the term because it is a broader term and ambiguous.
Questioning: A term used to describe people who are in the process of exploring their sexual orientation or gender.
Transgender: An umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from what is typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth. Some, not all transgender people are prescribed hormones to change their bodies. Some, not all transgender people undergo surgery. Their identity is not dependent upon medical procedures.
Transgender man: A person assigned female at birth but identify and live as a man might use this term. Some use FTM, an abbreviation for female-to-male. Some simply prefer to be called men.
Transgender woman: A person assigned male at birth but identify and live as a woman might use this term. Some use MTF, an abbreviation for male-to-female. Some simply prefer to be called women.