An Introduction to Definitions and Concepts
LGBTQ+ Definitions, Continued
Intersex refers to a medical condition where, in part, one's genitalia and reproductive system may not clearly fit standard definitions of male and/or female.
Asexual describes a person who lacks sexual attraction to others.
Two-Spirit is an Native American/American Indian term used by some, but not all tribes, for persons who have both male and female characteristics and have a social role within their tribe. Sometimes they are seen as a third gender and wear clothing worn by both men and women.
Same Gender Loving is a term that derives from the African-American community describing those who identify as homosexual (gay, lesbian) or bisexual. It’s used instead of gay, lesbian or bisexual as these terms tend to have automatic negative connotations.
MSM are men who engage in the behavior of homosexuality, but do not identify as gay or bisexual.
Pansexual is a person who is fluid in their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Therefore, one is attracted to and possibly romantically involved with someone regardless of the other person’s gender identity or sexual orientation.
The plus sign is used at times to encompass other letters, or identities, not otherwise spelled out. For example, LGBTQ+, to include Intersex, Asexual, 2-spirit; etc, without typing or saying it all.
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