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A slang term for the chest. Also refers to the insertive partner in anal sex.

Structural stigma

Societal conditions, policies, and institutional practices that restrict the opportunities, resources, and well-being of certain groups of people.

Social Stigma

Negative stereotypes and lower social status of a person or group based on perceived characteristics that separate that person or group from other members of a society.

Sex assigned at birth

The sex (male or female) assigned to an infant, most often based on the infant’s anatomical and other biological characteristics. Sometimes referred to as birth sex, natal sex, biological sex, or sex; however, sex assigned at birth is the recommended term.

Same-sex attraction/attracted (SSA)

Describes the experience of a person who is emotionally and/or physically attracted to people of the same sex or gender, but does not necessarily engage in same-sex sexual behavior. Used most commonly by people who live in religious communities that are not accepting of LGBTQIA+ identities. People who use SSA as an identity term may not feel comfortable with the terms gay, lesbian, queer, or bisexual.

Same gender loving (SGL)

An alternative to the terms gay and lesbian. SGL is more commonly used by African-American/Black communities.


Describes a person who is unsure about, or is exploring their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.