LGBTQ Glossary

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Have you ever wondered what the L,G,B,T, or Q stood for? Have you heard a word in reference to sexuality or gender identity and weren’t sure exactly what it meant? Well, The Next Door Daddies are here for you. Below is a quick reference for some of the most common and commonly misunderstood LGBTQ Terms:

LGBTQ - An acronym for "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning." The acronym is often followed by a + to be inclusive of other sexual and gender identities. You may also hear us refer to "the community," which is a reference to those who identify as LGBTQ.

LGBTQIA+ - The addition of "IA" is often used internationally and is becoming more common in the United States. The "LGBTQ" is the same as above, with the addition of "I" for Intersex (those born with a variety of reproductive anatomy characteristics, making birth sex identification ambiguous) and "A" for Asexual (people who do not experience sexual attraction).

Lesbian - A woman who is romantically, emotionally, or sexually attracted to other women. This term is used by women and non-binary people.

Gay - A person who is romantically, emotionally, or sexually attracted to a person of the same sex. Men, women, and non-binary people may use this term to describe themselves.

Bisexual - A person who experiences romantic, emotional, or sexual attraction to people who present as their own and the opposite sex. This person may not experience this attraction to the same degree (ie. may be more attracted to the same gender, though still attracted to the opposite).

Pansexual - Pansexuality is very similar to bisexuality, but identifies people who have the potential to experience romantic, emotional, or sexual attraction to people of any gender identity.

Transgender - a person whose gender identity does not match the sex they were assigned at birth. It is important to note that being transgender does not affect sexuality, therefore, a transgender person may identify as straight, gay, etc.

Transitioning - A series of processes that transgender people may go through in order to live in their true gender. This may include social transition (changing appearance, or gender expression), medical transition (including hormone therapy and surgery), and legal transition (changing one's name and gender marker on official documents). It is important to note that transitioning is a process that a transgender person MAY go through, and, as it is incredibly personal, it is not the place of anyone to ask where a person is in the process.

Cis-gender - a term describing one who's gender identity matches the characteristics typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth.

Non-binary - a term for a person who does not identify as exclusively as a man or a woman. This person may identify as both a man and a woman, somewhere in between, or neither at all. A non-binary person does not necessarily identify as transgender.

Queer - A blanket term used to describe anyone who does not identify as straight and cis-gendered. As this word does have a checkered past as a slur, there is some controversy over its use. Please be sure someone is comfortable with this word before using it.

Questioning - Those who are in the process of examining and defining their sexuality and/or gender identity.

We're sure there are many, many more terms you are curious about. Feel free to let us know in the comments if there are terms you would like to discuss.

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