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PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are a class of chemicals that companies add to a wide variety of consumer products to make them non-stick, waterproof, and stain-resistant. There are currently more than 9,000 different PFAS chemicals, making them among the most ubiquitous synthetic chemicals in the world. (plural)


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, and other sexual and gender minorities


Describes a person who embodies both a masculine and a feminine spirit. This is a culture-specific term used among some Native American, American Indian, and First Nations people.


The process of hiding one’s penis and testes with tape, tight shorts, or specially designed undergarments

Trauma-informed care

An organizational structure and treatment framework that centers on  understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma.


A term used sometimes in the medical literature or by some transgender people to describe people who have gone through the process of medical gender affirmation treatments (i.e., gender-affirming hormones and surgeries).


Discrimination towards, fear, marginalization, and hatred of transgender people or those perceived as transgender. Individuals, communities, policies, and institutions can be transphobic

Trans masculine

Describes a person who was assigned female sex at birth and identifies with masculinity to a greater extent than with femininity