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Important Terms - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered & Questioning Student Workshop - FaCET

Important Terms

 LGBTQ Students

Molly Kerby, LME Coordinator
Lisa Lindley, Public Health
Shana Restall, Geography & Women's Studies

Important Terms:

Lesbian: A female who forms sexual and affectionate relationships with other women. Identification with any particular "label" may be culturally, economically, generationally, geographically or politically influenced. Other terms (some which are considered derogatory) include (but are not limited to): gay women, dykes, women "in the life," queers, "family," "members of the church." Alternately, a woman may not identify with any label. Gay Man: A man who forms sexual and affectionate relationships with other men. Identification with any particular "label" may be culturally, economically, generationally, geographically or politically influenced. Other terms (some which are considered derogatory) include (but are not limited to): fairy, faggot, men "in the life," queers, "family," "members of the church." Alternately, a man may not identify with any label.
Bisexual: An individual (male or female) who is attracted to and may form sexual and affectionate relationships with both men and women. The term may be used to refer to a socio-political identity, a sexual behavior or both. Identification with any particular "label" may be culturally, economically, generationally, geographically or politically influenced. Other terms (some which are considered derogatory) include (but are not limited to): bi or ac/dc. Alternately, a person may not identify with any label. Transgender: A broad term used to describe the continuum of individuals whose gender identity and expression, to varying degrees, does not correspond with their genetic sex.
Transsexual: An individual who presents him/herself and lives as the gender "opposite" to his/her genetic gender at birth. Transsexuals may be heterosexual, bisexual or homosexual in their erotic orientation. Transvestite: Men and women who enjoy wearing the clothes of and appearing as the other gender. While many are heterosexual, the use of transvestitism in the gay "drag" culture is well documented. (a.k.a. Cross-dresser).
Gender Identity: One's psychological sense of oneself as a male or female. Gender Roles: The socially constructed and culturally specific behavior and appearance expectations imposed on women (feminity) and men (masculinity).
Questioning: An individual who is experiencing dissonance regarding their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. These individuals may have sexual attractions to persons of the same sex, which causes them to "question" whether they are straight, bisexual, or gay/lesbian. Queer: A label that may be applied to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgendered individuals or the entire LGBT community.
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