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The power of language to shape our perceptions of other people is immense. Precise use of terms in regards to gender and sexual orientation can have a ificant impact on demystifying many of the misperceptions associated with these concepts. However, the vocabulary of both continues to evolve, and there is not universal agreement about the definitions of many terms.
A good best practice is to ask people what the words they use to describe themselves mean for them and how they would like you to use language when talking with or about them. Be sensitive when discussing some of these terms, as these words describe personal experiences which should not be broached lightly. No definition should be taken as legal or medical counsel.
AFAB people may or may not identify as female some or all of the time. Looking for a stud butch f2m is a useful term for educating about issues that may happen to these bodies without connecting to womanhood or femaleness. This term should replace terms like new gender or chosen gender, which imply that an individual chooses their gender. Agender is different from nonbinary see Nonbinary because many nonbinary people do experience gender. Ally : A term relating generally to Looking for a stud butch f2m who support marginalized groups.
Visit Straight for EqualityTM to learn more about how to become an active and effective ally. AMAB people may or may not identify as male some or all of the time. AMAB is a useful term for educating about issues that may happen to these bodies without connecting to manhood or maleness. Androgynous : Having physical elements of both femininity and masculinity, whether expressed through sex, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.
Androgyne pronounced an-druh-jain is another term for an androgynous individual. Aromantic people exist on a spectrum of romantic attraction and can use terms such as gray aromantic or grayromantic to describe their place within that spectrum. Aromantic people can experience sexual attraction. Asexual : Sometimes abbreviated as ace, the term refers to an individual who does not experience sexual attraction. Each asexual person experiences relationships, attraction, and arousal differently. Asexuality is distinct from chosen behavior such as celibacy or sexual abstinence; asexuality is a sexual orientation that does not necessarily entail specific chosen behaviors.
Asexual people exist on a spectrum of sexual attraction and can use terms such as gray asexual or gray ace to describe themselves.
Assumed Gender : The gender assumed about an individual, based on their ased sex as well as apparent societal gender markers and expectations, such as physical attributes and expressed characteristics. Bi-curious : A term used to identify a person who is interested in exploring their attraction to people of a variety of genders. Many view this term as offensive, as it implies that sexual orientation is something that must be explored sexually and romantically before it can be determined see Heteroflexible.
Additionally, many feel that this term invalidates bisexuality by implying that it is a questioning or exploratory phase, instead of a valid sexual orientation. Similar to the term queer, use this term only when self-identifying or when quoting someone who self-identifies as bi-curious. Bigender : While gender is now widely understood to be a spectrum and not on a binary, this is a term used to identify a person whose gender identity encompasses two genders, often man and woman, but not exclusively or is moving between two genders.
More commonly used terms include genderfluid see Genderfluid or genderqueer see Genderqueerwhich better reflect the spectrum of all genders. Binary : Refers to Looking for a stud butch f2m who fits into the gender binary see Gender Binary.
Note: One must bind themselves carefully, with appropriate materials, and for reasonable periods of time in order to avoid discomfort and potential negative health impacts. Unsafe binding can lead to negative health outcomes, such as broken ribs and trouble breathing. Bioessentialism : Short for biological essentialism.
Common bioessentialist arguments reduce people to their chromosomes though there are more than 30 chromosome combinations that people have ; their genitalia though there are many natural variations; or their binary gender though gender and sex are not binary. Biological Sex : Refers to anatomical, physiological, genetic, or physical attributes that determine if a person is male, female, or intersex. These include both primary and secondary sex characteristics, including genitalia, gon, hormone levels, hormone receptors, chromosomes, and genes.
Biphobia : Animosity, hatred, or dislike of bisexual people see Bisexual which may manifest in the form of prejudice or bias. Looking for a stud butch f2m often stems from lack of knowledge about bisexual people and the issues they face, and can sometimes be alleviated with education and support. PFLAG does not use this term as it frequently prevents such educational dialogue.
Related to homophobia see Homophobia and transphobia see Transphobia. The "bi" in bisexual can refer to attraction to genders similar to and different from one's own. People who identify as bisexual need not have had equal sexual or romantic experience—or equal levels of attraction—with people across genders, nor any experience at all; attraction and self-identification determines orientation.
See Gender-Affirming Surgery. Not all trans people undergo medical interventions as part of their transition. As with any other aspect of transition, trans people retain the right not to discuss their surgical history, and surgery does not define gender. It is often, but not exclusively, used in a lesbian context.
Often on a spectrum from butch to femme see Femme or stud see Stud to femme. Cisgender pronounced sis-gender : A term used to refer to an individual whose gender identity aligns with the one associated with the sex ased to them at birth. The term cisgender is not a slur. Cisnormativity : The assumption that everyone is cisgender and that being cisgender is superior to all other genders.
Cissexism : Prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination on the basis of sex, specifically towards transgender and gender-expansive people see Transphobia. Closeted : Describes a person who is not open about their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Sometimes referred to Looking for a stud butch f2m disclosing see Disclosure. There are many different degrees of being out, and coming out is a lifelong process. Coming out can be an incredibly personal and transformative experience. It is critical to respect where each person is within their process of self-identification, and up to each person, individually, to decide if and when and to whom to come out or disclose.
Queerspawn are often raised in the queer community and learn about society primarily through a queer lens, and experience heterosexual culture and its norms as a secondary cultural influence. Deadnaming : Occurs when an individual, intentionally or not, refers to the name that a transgender or gender-expansive individual used at a different time in their life. Avoid this practice, as it can cause trauma, stress, embarrassment, and even danger. Some may prefer the terms birth name, given name, or old name. Demiromantic : Used to describe an individual who experiences romantic attraction only after forming an emotional connection.
Demisexual : Used to describe an individual who experiences sexual attraction only after forming an emotional connection. Demiboy : A person whose gender identity is only partly male, regardless of their ased sex at birth. Demigirl : A person whose gender identity is only partly female, regardless of their ased sex at birth. Some find the term offensive, implying the need to disclose something shameful, and prefer to use the term coming out, whereas others find coming out offensive, and prefer to use disclosure.
Drag : The theatrical performance of one or multiple genders often including makeup, costume, dance, lip-syncing, and temporary body modifications. Performers who present in a feminine manner are called Drag Queens, while performers who present in a masculine manner are called Drag Kings. These performances often push traditional boundaries of gender presentation, calling into question societally defined gender roles.
While some believe it to only describe masculine lesbians, many bisexual and gender-expansive people also connect to this term. Traditionally a slur, the term has been reclaimed and should only be used to self identify or to refer to the way someone else has identified themselves, i. Often on a spectrum from butch see Butch to femme or stud see Stud to femme.
Folx : An alternative spelling to folks. The two words are pronounced the same way. Folx is viewed by some as a more inclusive version of the word folks, though both are gender-neutral ways of addressing a group of people. PFLAG National does not use folx because it is difficult for screen readers for people with visual disabilities to read. For example, a gay man telling a questioning man that he has to have sex with another man before he can call himself gay is an example of gatekeeping. In contemporary contexts, lesbian is often a preferred term for women, though many Looking for a stud butch f2m use the term gay to describe themselves.
People who are gay need not have had any sexual experience.
Avoid using gay in a disparaging manner, e. Typically, a term used for self identification only. Gender : Broadly, gender is a set of socially constructed roles, behaviors, activities, and attributes that a given society considers appropriate see Social Construction Theory.Looking for a stud butch f2m
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