Having an appearance that cannot easily be classified as male or female.
Assigned Female At Birth (AFAB)
A person who, due to their sex characteristics, was assigned female at birth. This may not match the persons gender.
Assigned Male At Birth (AMAB)
A person who, due to their sex characteristics, was assigned male at birth. This may not match the persons gender.
A person who is emotionally and/or sexually attracted to people of more than one sex (but not necessarily equally attracted to each).
A person whose gender matches with the sex they were assigned at birth.
Hiding one’s sexuality from others.
The process through which a person comes to recognise and acknowledge their sexual orientation.
A person who dresses in the clothing of the opposite gender for a variety of reasons. Sometimes referred to as 'transvestite'. May or may not identify as transgender.
Acknowledgement that sexual identity, attractions and behaviours are often fluid - shifting and changing over time and experience. The same is true for gender.
A person who is primarily emotionally and/or sexually attracted to a member of the same sex. The term is most commonly applied to men.
Refers to whether a person identifies as male, female or intersex.
The belief that heterosexuality is ‘normal’ and alternative sexualities are deviant.
The belief that all people are and should be heterosexual and those alternative sexualities are unhealthy, unnatural and pose a threat to society.
A person who is exclusively attracted to people of the opposite sex.
A fear and hatred of gay and lesbian people.
A clinical term used to define a person who is emotionally, physically, and/or sexually attracted to people of the same sex.
A biological condition where a person is born with reproductive organs and/or sex chromosomes that are not exclusively male or female.
A woman who is primarily emotionally and/or sexually attracted to women.
Men who have sex with Men (MSM)
Men who engage in sexual activity with other men but do not necessarily identify as gay.
Having one’s sexual orientation made public against one’s will.
Pansexual (from the Greek 'Pan' meaning 'all') / Omnisexual (from the Latin 'Omnis' meaning 'all')
Recognising the potential of sexual attraction to all people, regardless of gender or sexuality (it is intended to negate the idea of two genders).
A reclaimed term that includes all those outside of the societal heterosexual norm.
A term to describe those unsure of their sexual orientation/gender identity and/or asking questions about sexuality and gender.
Attraction towards people of one’s own gender. A less ‘loaded’ description than gay, bisexual or lesbian.
An enduring attraction to another person of the same and/or opposite sex.
A conscious recognition of what a person likes or prefers to do sexually.
The term can mean actual sexual experience, sexual desire or self-identity. The three are not necessarily consistent with each other.
For example, a person’s sexual behaviour may not necessarily represent their sexual orientation.
A colloquial term used to describe people who are heterosexual.
Refers to some one whose identity or behaviour falls outside stereotypical gender norms. Crossing of gender not sex.
A person who is biologically a member of one sex and identifies as a member of the other sex. (Some transsexual people choose to identify as transgender while others do not).
Female to male transgendered or transsexual persons.
Male to female transgendered or transsexual person.
Women who have Sex with Women (WSW)
Women who engage in sexual activity with other women but who do not necessarily self-identify as lesbians.