These definitions are designed to provide basic understanding of LGBTQ+ identities and are in no way meant to restrict or exclude those who don’t ‘fit’ the definition perfectly. Gender and sexuality is fluid and unique just like every person is unique. If an identity is missing, or you don’t agree with or have a better definition for any of these identities please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
A (typically) straight and/or cis person who supports members of the LGBT community.
ASEXUAL (OR ACE)
Someone who does not experience sexual attraction.
Bi is an umbrella term used to describe an emotional, romantic and/or sexual orientation towards more than one gender.
Bi people may describe themselves using one or more of a wide variety of terms, including, but not limited to, bisexual, pan, bi-curious, queer, and other non-monosexual identities.
CISGENDER OR CIS
Someone whose gender identity is the same as the sex they were assigned at birth. Non-trans is also used by some people.
HETEROSEXUAL / STRAIGHT
Refers to a man who has an emotional, romantic and/or sexual orientation towards women or to a woman who has an emotional, romantic and/or sexual orientation towards men.
This might be considered a more medical term used to describe someone who has an emotional romantic and/or sexual orientation towards someone of the same gender. The term ‘gay’ is now more generally used.
A term used to describe a person who may have the biological attributes of both sexes or whose biological attributes do not fit with societal assumptions about what constitutes male or female.
Intersex people may identify as male, female or non-binary.
Stonewall works with intersex groups to provide its partners and stakeholders information and evidence about areas of disadvantage experienced by intersex people but does not, after discussions with members of the intersex community, include intersex issues as part of its current remit at this stage.
An umbrella term for people whose gender identity doesn’t sit comfortably with ‘man’ or ‘woman’. Non-binary identities are varied and can include people who identify with some aspects of binary identities, while others reject them entirely.
Refers to a person whose emotional, romantic and/or sexual attraction towards others is not limited by sex or gender.
In the past a derogatory term for LGBT individuals. The term has now been reclaimed by LGBT young people in particular who don’t identify with traditional categories around gender identity and sexual orientation but is still viewed to be derogatory by some.
An umbrella term to describe people whose gender is not the same as, or does not sit comfortably with, the sex they were assigned at birth.
Trans people may describe themselves using one or more of a wide variety of terms, including (but not limited to) transgender, transsexual, gender-queer (GQ), gender-fluid, non-binary, gender-variant, crossdresser, genderless, agender, nongender, third gender, two-spirit, bi-gender, trans man, trans woman,trans masculine, trans feminine and neutrois.
These definitions are provided by Stonewall