Center for Diversity and Inclusion—LGBTQ+ Resource Center

Terms and Definitions


An individual or group that supports the LGBTQ community.


Acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally


Sexual attraction to people regardless of gender.

Gender Expression

The way a person is seen as male, female, some combination, or neither. Constructed by societal norms.


A woman, woman-aligned and/or feminine-aligned non-binary person who is attracted to women, woman-aligned and/or feminine-aligned non-binary people.


Someone who is attracted to two or more genders


Biological differences determined at birth, usually in reference to sexual organs


Someone who’s gender identity does not fall strictly into the Western gender binary of male/female


A term for people who do not experience sexual attraction toward others.


Someone who gender identity matches their assigned sex. Example: If Tiffany feels she is female, and was assigned female at birth, she is cisgender.


Reclamation of a slur by the LGBT community to represent someone who falls outside of and/or rejects the cultural norms around sexuality, gender identity, and/or gender expression. This can also be used as an umbrella term for the LGBTQAI+ community as a whole.


Ignorance or fear of non-heterosexual people. Homophobic actions can include prejudice, discrimination, harassment, and acts of violence.


Bias against any person that is not exclusively heterosexual. This can include assuming that everyone is heterosexual.


Attracttion towards same gender. Term can be applied to all genders, but is usually used for men.

Gender Identity

A personal sense of one’s own gender. It can correlate with your assigned sex at birth or differ from it.


One’s internal sense of identity and relation to socially constructed gender roles in one’s society


A term for those born with physical sex characteristics that cannot be tradtionally classified as male or female. This is an umbrella term for a broad range of conditions. Intersex people may identity as any gender identity, thus not every Intersex person is inherently part of the LGBT community.


A term referring to people who do not identity as their gender assigned to them at birth