: a word that indicates a range of terms of gender identity and gender presentation for folks who present, understand themselves, and/or relate to others in a more feminine/masculine way, but don’t necessarily identify as women/men.
: 1 a gender expression that has elements of both masculinity and femininity; 2 occasionally used in place of “intersex” to describe a person with both female and male anatomy.aromantic – adj.
: experiencing little or no romantic attraction to others and/or has a lack of interest in romantic relationships/behavior.
Sometimes abbreviated to “ace.”biological sex – noun : a medical term used to refer to the chromosomal, hormonal and anatomical characteristics that are used to classify an individual as female or male or intersex.
Often referred to as simply “sex,” “physical sex,” “anatomical sex,” or specifically as “sex assigned at birth.”biphobia – noun : a range of negative attitudes (e.g., fear, anger, intolerance, invisibility, resentment, erasure, or discomfort) that one may have or express towards bisexual individuals.
Biphobia can come from and be seen within the LGBTQ community as well as straight society. : a word used to describe an individual who harbors some elements of this range of negative attitudes towards bisexual people.bisexual – adj.
: 1 a person who is emotionally, physically, and/or sexually attracted to males/men and females/women.
These definitions are the creation of a cultural commons: emails, online discussions, and in-person chats, with the initial curation being mine, then growing into a collaboration between Meg Bolger and me at The Safe Zone
We are constantly honing and adjusting language to — our humble goal — have the definitions resonate with at least 51 out of 100 people who use the words.
2 The process by which one shares one’s sexuality or gender identity with others (to “come out” to friends, etc.)– noun : referring to a masculine presenting lesbian.
While often used derogatorily, it can is adopted affirmatively by many lesbians (both more masculine and more feminine presenting lesbians not necessarily masculine ones) as a positive self-identity term.emotional attraction – noun : a capacity that evokes the want to engage in romantic intimate behavior (e.g., sharing, confiding, trusting, interdepending), experienced in varying degrees (from little-to-none, to intense).
: an individual who is not open to themselves or others about their (queer) sexuality or gender identity.