LGBTQIA terms and definitions:

Anatomical sex A person’s anatomy (indicated by internal genitalia, internal reproductive organs, sex chromosomes, and gonads)  Intersex Someone who is born with anatomy, organs, hormone levels, and/or chromosomal patterns that do not fit typical definitions of male or female
Asexual Someone who does not experience sexual attraction or sexual desire  Lesbian/WSW Women who are sexually and romantically attracted to women/ women who engage in sexual activity with other women regardless of how they self-identify
Bisexual Someone who is sexually and romantically attracted to both men and women. Attraction is not always at the same time or to the same degree  Pansexual A person who is attracted to all genders/people regardless of gender
Cisgender Someone who’s gender identity corresponds directly to their anatomical sex at birth (i.e. someone who is born with a penis and identifies as male)  Queer This term has been used in a pejorative manner against LGBTQ people but has been re-embraced by some members of the community to serve as a non-specific, all-encompassing label referring to one’s gender, sexual orientation, or sexuality in general
Gay/MSM Men who are sexually and romantically attracted to men/ men who engage in sexual activity with other men regardless of how they self-identify  Sexuality The range of components that make us sexual beings including emotional, physical and sexual aspects, as well as self-identification, behavioral preferences and practices, fantasies, and romantic and emotional feelings of affection
 Gender A socially constructed set of traits, behaviors, and other expectations in a culture, usually attributed to biological differences  Sexual behavior What a person does in terms of erotic or sexual acts
Gender expression Outward behaviors and appearances (i.e. hair, clothing, voice, body language) through which people manifest their gender identity  Sexual orientation A person’s sexual identity in relation to the gender to which they are attracted
Gender identity The gender that a person identifies as. This may include a combination of genders or refusing to identify with a specific gender  Transgender An umbrella term used to refer to someone whose sex does not correspond directly to their gender or otherwise does not fit conventional definitions of male or female. Some transgender people choose to take hormones and have surgeries to transition while others choose not to pursue medical changes
Gender variant/gender non-conforming/Genderqueer Displaying culturally specific gender traits not typically associated with their biological sex


This list is by no means complete or exhaustive of all the possible identities that exist. Health Education recognizes that sexual identity is as unique as the individual and we support each students’ identity or choice not to be labeled. Health Education is committed to being a resource for the LGBTQ community on issues of health and sexuality. We are constantly striving to be inclusive with the language used in our office, materials and programs