• Asexual -An asexual person (“ace”, for short) is simply someone who does not experience sexual attraction.  That’s all there is to it.  Aces can be any sex or gender or age or ethnic background or body type, can be rich or poor, can wear any clothing style, and can be any religion or political affiliation.In short:  There is no asexual “type”. For more information on asexuality, please visit our friends at http://www.whatisasexuality.com/intro/


  • Bisexual -Bisexuality is a diverse sexual orientation, because people within the bi+ community define it in various ways. Some identify as bisexual, while others use pansexual, queer, fluid, or no label at all to describe their attractions to more than one gender.  For more information on bisexuality please visit biresource.org


  • Cisgender – Someone who is Cisgener or “Cis”, is someone who identifies as the gender they were assigned at birth.


  • Dead name– This is also a person’s birth name.  For most trans people, once a new name has been chosen, their birth name becomes a “dead name”.  Meaning, it’s not in use, so DO NOT use it.


  • FTM– A person who was perceived to be female at birth, but actually identifies as a male.


  • Gender fluid – a person who feels more comfortable not identifying as male or female, but can move fluidly back and forth between genders.


  • Gender Spectrum-While our gender may begin with the assignment of our sex, it doesn’t end there. A person’s gender is the complex interrelationship between three dimensions:– Body: our body, our experience of our own body, how society genders bodies, and how others interact with us based on our body.

    – Identity: our deeply held, internal sense of self as male, female, a blend of both, or neither; who we internally know ourselves to be.

    – Expression: how we present our gender in the world and how society, culture, community, and family perceive, interact with, and try to shape our gender. Gender expression is also related to gender roles and how society uses those roles to try to enforce conformity to current gender norms. (From genderspectrum.org)


Misgender – To refer to someone by the wrong pronoun (such as calling someone who is FTM “she or her”.  Esp in situations where an individual has expressed their desire to be recognized as one gender but gets called the opposite.)  This can be incredibly uncomfortable and embarrassing, for everyone.  The best way to handle it though is to correct yourself and keep going, without making a big deal out of it and causing further embarrassment.


  • MTF – A person who was perceived to be male at birth, but actually identifies as a female.


  • Nonbinary –  A person whose gender identity/expression may not fit in with the male vs. female (binary) system. Often associated with gender fluidity.


  • Transgender– A person who’s perceived gender and personal identity do not align. Many of us just want to be comfortable in our own skin, so we can be our authentic selves.


  • Transitioning – This is the process that someone who is transgender will go through in order to feel more comfortable within their own skin.  For instance, someone who was assigned female at birth, but identifies as male, may begin hormone therapy and begin making changes to their outward appearance.  For some, this will include having surgery, a name change, and more.  For others, it’s a matter of changing how they dress.  Everyone’s process is 100% different and no one’s journey is less valid than any others.


  • Transexual– An outdated term that once basically was applied to someone who was transgender, although it was most often used to signify someone who had actually completed sexual reassignment surgery.


  • Transphobic -Fear and or dislike of the transgender community, simply because of their gender expression.


  • Pansexual – A person whose attraction is based on the person and not the gender.


  • Passing – Typically someone who identifies outside of the binary system that looks to fit within the society’s accepted norms of their identified gender; despite where or not they have had HRT or SRS


  • Queer – used to be a derogatory term, but has recently been embraced and reclaimed by people across the lgbt+ umbrella that do not feel as though they fit into any one category for gender or orientation.


  • Safe Space – Places where patrons or visitors can be themselves without fear of harassment or bullying.  Sincere hosts, commit themselves to keeping their facility free from bullying in harassment.  It’s important that safe spaces not continue to allow abusers into these spaces no matter what.


  • SRS (Sexual Reassignment Surgery)

Below Jazz Jennings discusses SRS



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