An Introduction to Definitions and Concepts
Let’s take a look at each of these orientations and identities and how they are defined.
Lesbian is a term used to refer to women who are emotionally, romantically, or sexually attracted to other women.
Gay is a term used to describe someone who is emotionally, romantically, or sexually attracted to someone of the same gender.
Bisexual is used to refer to a person who is attracted to two genders or same gender, but not necessarily at the same time.
Transgender, or trans, is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or expression is different from cultural expectations based on the sex they were assigned at birth.
Queer is a term used to refer to all LGBTQ+ people. Once viewed as a slur, and still to some, it also marks a term social justice advocates, and younger people have embraced as opposed to some older LGBTQ+ adults.
Q can also stand for Questioning, for those who are not yet sure of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
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