GSA

Acronym for Gay Straight Alliance

GLBTTQQ

Acronym for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirited, Questioning, Queer

Gay

Homosexual; a term to describe men who are attracted to men or women who are attracted to women; a community made of GLBTTQQ people

Lesbian

Homosexual woman

Bisexual

Refers to people who are attracted to both males and females

Transgender

Refers to people whose biological sex and sexual identity differ; the word refers to transsexuals, drag kings and queens, crossdressers and others who have ambiguous gender roles

Two-Spirited

A word from Aboriginal people that refers to people who have both a male and a female spirit; this characteristic was honored because it brings balance to the world

Dyke

A term that refers to lesbians that is considered to be a negative stereotype by some; others consider the term a way to express independence and strength in women

Fag/Faggot

In Latin, this word means “a bundle of sticks” because gay people were burned during the inquisition with witches; generally a derogatory term that refers to gay men

Ally

People that support gays and help educate the community about GLBTTQQ issues

Questioning

Describes a person who is still discovering his/ her sexual orientation and/ or gender role

Queer

Originally adopted to intimidate heterosexual people; today, the word is at times used to refer to people of the gay community

Straight

A term to mean heterosexual

Sexism

Discrimination based on a person’s gender

Heterosexism

A belief that heterosexual relationships are superior to all others

Heterosexual Assumption

The idea that people are heterosexual unless declared as gay; the assumption that heterosexuality is the norm

Heterosexual Privilege

Benefits or rights that are automatically granted to heterosexuals but denied to people of the gay community

Homophobia

A fear of romantic feelings for people of the same gender; the hatred of same-sex feelings in other people

Coming Out

A process GLBTTQ people go through when acknowledging their identity; one usually comes out to oneself, then family members and friends, and finally with the public (coworkers)

Outing

Exposure of a person’s sexuality without his/ her knowledge or permission

Closeted/In the Closet

Words to describe people that are not out; people stay in the closet for numerous reasons; “in the closet” refers to never being able to fully express oneself

PFLAG

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays; An organization that supports the gay community and spreads awareness

"That's so gay"

“That’s so happy, jubilant and wonderful”



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