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Terminology used for Mindlink Projects

LGBTQIA+’s Terms List


  • Asexual

    Describes a person who experiences little or no sexual attraction to others. Asexual people may still engage in sexual activity.

  • Gay

    A sexual orientation describing people who are primarily emotionally and physically attracted to people of the same sex and/or gender as themselves. Commonly used to describe men who are primarily attracted to men, but can also describe women attracted to women.

  • Gender Identity

    the term that is used to describe a person’s deeply held personal, internal sense of being male, female, some of both, or maybe even neither. Here’s the important part: A person’s gender identity may not always correspond to their assigned biological sex.

  • Gender identity

    A person’s inner sense of being a girl/woman/female, boy/man/male, something else, or having no gender

  • Intersex

    Describes a group of congenital conditions in which the reproductive organs, genitals, and/or other sexual anatomy do not develop according to traditional expectations for females or males. Intersex can also be used as an identity term for someone with one of these conditions. The medical community sometimes uses the term differences of sex development (DSD) to describe intersex conditions; however, the term intersex is recommended by several intersex
    community members and groups.

  • Lesbian

    A sexual orientation that describes a woman who is primarily emotionally and physically attracted to other women.

  • Non-binary

    Describes a person whose gender identity falls outside of the traditional gender binary structure of girl/woman and boy/man. Sometimes abbreviated as NB or enby

  • Queer

    An umbrella term describing people who think of their sexual orientation or gender identity as outside of societal norms. Some people view the term queer as more fluid and inclusive than traditional categories for sexual orientation and gender identity. Although queer was historically used as a slur, it has been reclaimed by many as a term of empowerment. Nonetheless, some still find the term offensive

  • Sexual orientation

    How a person characterizes their emotional and sexual attraction to others.

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  • Transsexual

    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).

  • Two-Spirit

    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.