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Abuse: the non-consenting skewed power dynamic between the victim and the abuser. 

Advocate: a person who actively works to end intolerance, educate others, and support social equity for a marginalized group.

Agender: a person with no (or very little) connection to the traditional system of gender, no personal alignment with the concepts of either man or woman, and/or someone who sees themselves as existing without gender. Sometimes called gender neutrois, gender neutral, or genderless.

Ally: A heterosexual and/or cisgender and/or cissexual person who supports and celebrates queer identities, interrupts and challenges queer-phobic and heterosexist remarks and actions of others, and willingly explores these biases within themselves.

Androgyne/Androgyny: A person identifying and/or expressing gender outside of the binary. Other terms used include gender variant, gender queer, and gender non-conformist. It can also mean a gender expression that has both elements of masculinity and femininity. 

Androsexual /Androphilic: being primarily sexually, romantically and/or emotionally attracted to men, males, and/or masculinity.

Aromantic: experiencing little or no romantic attraction to others and/or has a lack of interest in romantic relationships/behavior. Aromanticism exists on a continuum from people who experience no romantic attraction or have any desire for romantic activities, to those who experience low levels, or romantic attraction only under specific conditions. Many of these different places on the continuum have their own identity labels.

Asexual: Someone who does not experience sexual desire for people of any gender. Some asexual people desire romantic relationships while others do not. Asexuality can be considered a spectrum, with some asexual people experiencing desire for varying types of intimacy. This desire may fluctuate over time. Asexuality is distinct from celibacy, which is the deliberate refraining from sexual activity. Asexual people experience high levels of invisibility and trivialization 

BDSM: Bondage, Discipline, Sadism and Masochism and is a form of play between two or more consenting adults. BDSM uses the exchange of power and/or the experience of pain in a variety of scenarios to enhance the human experience. (Kashiko, 2011). Learn more about BDSM.

Bicurious: a curiosity toward experiencing attraction to people of the same gender/sex (similar to questioning).

Bigender: a person who fluctuates between traditionally “woman” and “man” gender-based behavior and identities, identifying with two genders (or sometimes identifying with either man or woman, as well as a third, different gender).

Binder / Binding: an undergarment used to alter or reduce the appearance of one’s breasts (worn similarly to how one wears a sports bra).

Biological sex: a medical term used to refer to the chromosomal, hormonal and anatomical characteristics that are used to classify an individual as female or male or intersex. Often referred to as simply “sex,” “physical sex,” “anatomical sex,” or specifically as “sex assigned at birth.”

Biphobia: Fear or hatred of, aversion to, and discrimination against bisexuals and bisexual behavior. Biphobia exerts a powerful, negative force on the lives of bisexual people. Some examples of biphobia in action are disparaging jokes, verbal abuse or acts of violence targeted at bisexual people, or the dismissal of bisexuality as an inferior, invalid, or irrelevant expression of sexuality. Bisexual people often face biphobia and discrimination in both queer and non-queer communities

Bisexual: a person who experiences attraction to some people of their gender and another gender.A bisexual person may feel equally attracted to each gender, or may experience stronger attractions to one gender while still having feelings for another; this ratio of attraction may vary over time.

Butch: a person who identifies themselves as masculine, whether it be physically, mentally, or emotionally. ‘Butch’ is sometimes used as a derogatory term for lesbians, but is also be claimed as an affirmative identity label.

Celebrity dominant: a dominant that expects their submissive to perform by automatically taking care of smaller details and making choices based on their preferences.

Chlamydia: a type of sexually transmitted infection. 

Ciscentrism: A system of attitudes, bias and discrimination in favor of cisgender identities that marginalizes and renders invisible trans* people and treats their needs and identities as less important than those of cisgender people

Cisgender: Identifying with the same gender that one was assigned at birth. A gender identity that society considers to match the biological sex assigned at birth. The prefis cis- means "on the side of" or "not across from". A term used to call attention to the privilege of people who are not trans*

Cisnormativity: the assumption, in individuals and in institutions, that everyone is cisgender, and that cisgender identities are superior to trans* identities and people. Leads to invisibility of non-cisgender identities.

Cissexism: The belief that cisgender and cissexual people represent the 'norm' and so are superior to trans* folk. This results int he systemic oppression that privileges cisgender and cissexual folk over transgender and trans* folk

Cissexual: Identifying with the same biological sex that one was assigned at birth.

Closeted: an individual who is not open to themselves or others about their (queer) sexuality or gender identity. This may be by choice and/or for other reasons such as fear for one’s safety, peer or family rejection, or disapproval and/or loss of housing, job, etc. Also known as being “in the closet.” When someone chooses to break this silence they “come out” of the closet. (see coming out)

Coming Out: Or, 'coming out of the closet', is the process of becoming aware of one's queer sexual orientation, one's 2-Spirit or trans* identity, accepting it, and telling others about it. This is an ongoing process that may not include everybody in all aspects of one's life. 'Coming out' usually occurs in stages and is a non-linear process. An individual may be 'out' in only some situations or to certain family members or associates and not others. Some may never 'come out' to anyone beside themselves

Constellationa way to describe the arrangement or structure of a polyamorous relationship.

Cross-dresser: Refers to people who wear clothing traditionally associated with a different gender to that which with they identify with. Some prefer to cross-dress privately, while others cross-dress publicly all or part of the time. Cross-dressers may or may not have a gender identity related to the clothing they are wearing. Some cross-dressers identify trans* while others do not. 'Cross-dresser' has generally replaced the term 'transvestite'

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