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Ally : Any person who works in solidarity both with other heterosexual people and with the queer community to aid in the struggle against hate, discrimination, and the heterosexist and patriarchal norms present in our culture. Being an ally means: sharing the power, taking a risk, taking responsibility, opening yourself up to the unknown, realizing that you are part of the solution, leveling the playing field, accepting differences, making allowances, and leading by action.
Androgyny : Displaying characteristics of both or neither of the two culturally defined genders. Asexual : An identity where people do not feel sexual attraction, or feel very little sexual attraction Grey-asexual. This does not determine romantic attraction or sexual desire. Cisgender : People whose gender identity matches the sex and gender role they were ased at birth.
Because heterosexuality is part of the dominant culture, straight people do not have to come out. Femme : a lesbian whose appearance and behavior are seen as traditionally feminine. It is one of the central ideas behind homo-, bi- and transphobia and is key to maintaining patriarchy.
This often takes form as systemic or institutional heterosexism. Homosexual : sexually attracted to people of one's own sex. Hormone Therapy : therapy involving the use of drugs or surgical procedures to suppress the production of or to inhibit the effects of a hormone such as estrogen or testosterone. In this place, they can talk about their gender identity or sexual orientation without fear of being criticized, judged, or ridiculed. A safe space does not provide advice, but rather a caring environment for the sharing of concerns.
Sapphic : Someone who identifies as female who is attracted to people who predominantly identify as female. Sexism : prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex. Bigender : denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity encompasses two genders. Like transphobia, this form of discrimination comes from both the straight and gay communities.
Butch : having an appearance or other qualities of a type traditionally seen as masculine. Demisexual : An identity where people cannot feel sexual attraction until an emotional bond is established. Domestic Partner : a person who shares a residence with a sexual partner, especially without a legally recognized union. Drag Queen : a person, usually male, who dresses in drag and often acts with exaggerated femininity and in feminine gender roles for the purpose of entertainment or fashion.
Often, they will exaggerate certain characteristics such as make-up and eyelashes for comic, dramatic, or satirical effect. Dyke : a slang term for lesbian. Can be used derogatorily, or can be a self-ascribed label for lesbians with a more masculine demeanor. Gay however is often used as an umbrella term for both same-gender loving men and women, and many women identify as gay rather than, or in addition to, lesbian. Gender : Characteristics of masculinity and femininity that are learned or chosen.
It is important to note that gender is different from and not inherently linked to sexual orientation. Gender binary : The concept that there are only two genders and that they are inherently connected to biological sex. Gender Confirmation Surgery : Sex reasment surgery or SRS also known as gender reasment surgery, genital reconstruction surgery, gender confirmation surgery or sex realignment surgery is the surgical procedure or procedures by which a transgender person's physical appearance and function of their existing sexual characteristics are altered to resemble that socially associated with their identified gender.
Gender Dysphoria : the condition of feeling one's emotional and psychological identity as male or female to be different than one's biological sex. Gender Expression : The way in which a person chooses to dress and present themselves, this is the result of society asing gender to certain clothes or accessories.
Gender identity : Describes the gender with which a person identifies i. Gender Neutral : denoting a word, expression, item that cannot be taken to refer to one gender only Genderqueer : A term used by some people who identify outside of the traditional two-gender or gender-binary system. This term refers primarily to gender identity rather that sexual orientation.
Gender Role : the role or behavior learned by a person as appropriate to their gender, determined by the prevailing cultural norms. It is largely responsible for the staggering s of queer teen suicides, depression, and substance abuse. Internalized ableism, biphobia, racism, sexism, and transphobia, likewise, are responsible for shame, negative body image, and violence within our communities.
Though the word internalize sounds negative, it is possible to internalize positive self-images and pride. Intersex : Describes people born with some combination of male and female sex organs. Many consider surgeries to often be medically unnecessary and a form of mutilation. Monosexual : A Person who is romantic or sexual attraction to members of one sex or gender only.
A monosexual person may identify as heterosexual or homosexual. Queer : Is sometimes used as an umbrella term for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, inter-sex, or asexual. For this reason, its use can be controversial. It can be a political statement which advocates breaking binary thinking and seeing both sexual orientation and gender identity as potentially fluid. Trans : An umbrella term for people whose gender identity is different from the sex and gender role they were ased at birth.
Transgender people can be heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, and may not identify as queer. Genderqueer people may or may not identify with this term. Transphobia is mandated by a gender regime that says we are either man or woman, masculine or feminine. Two-Spiri t: A term created by First Nation tribes feeling they did not fit within western concepts of sexuality and gender. The term two-spirit is exclusive to Indigenous persons.
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