What is LGBT?

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LGBT, LGBTQ, LGBTQA, TBLG

These acronyms refer to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Asexual or Ally.

ASEXUAL

A person who generally does not feel sexual attraction or desire to any group of people. Asexuality is not the same as celibacy.

ALLY 

Typically any non-LGBT person who supports and stands up for the rights of LGBT people, though LGBT people can be allies, such as a lesbian who is an ally to a transgender person.

CISGENDER

Types of gender identity where an individual’s experience of their own gender matches the sex they were assigned at birth.

INTERSEXUAL

A person whose sexual anatomy or chromosomes do not fit with the traditional markers of “female” and “male.” For example: people born with both “female” and “male” anatomy (penis, testicles, vagina, uterus); people born with XXY.

PANSEXUAL

Sexual attraction, romantic love, or emotional attraction toward people of any sex or gender identity. Pansexual people see themselves as gender blind. Gender is not important in determining

QUESTIONING

For some, the process of exploring and discovering one’s own sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

TRANSEXUAL

Individuals who have undergone and completed sex reassignment surgery.

TRANSGENDER

Gender identity is opposite of their assigned sex.

GAY

A man who is attracted to other men.

LESBIAN

A woman who is attracted to other women.

BISEXUAL

An individual who is attracted to both genders.

ASEXUALITY

An asexual person is someone who doesn’t experience sexual attraction towards others, regardless of others.

Source: SPECTRUM CENTER University of Michigan

UCLA LGBT Resource Center

 

 

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