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Gender Identity: Each person's internal and individual experience of gender.

Gender Expression: How a person publicly presents or expresses their gender.

Gender Non-Conforming: People who do not follow gender stereotypes based on the sex they were assigned at birth.

Gender Spectrum: The representation of gender as a continuum, as opposed to a binary concept.

Birth-Assigned Sex: The sexed identity that is assigned to people at birth by a medical practitioner (ie. male, female, or intersex).

Sexual Orientation: Describes preferences in human sexuality (ie. gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual).

Cisgender: Someone whose gender identity alines with the sex they were assigned at birth.

Trans: An umbrella term that describes gender identities and gender expressions that do not conform to stereotypical ideas of what it means to be a boy/man or girl/woman.

Agender: A person who is internally ungendered or does not have a felt sense of gender identity.

Genderfluid: A person whose gender identification and presentation shifts, whether within or outside of societal, gender-based expectations.

Transphobia/Transphobic: The aversion to, fear, hatred, or intolerance of trans people and communities.

Gender Transition: The process by which some people strive to more closely align their internal knowledge of gender with its outward appearance. Some people socially transition, whereby they might begin dressing, using names and pronouns and/or be socially recognized as another gender. Others undergo physical transitions in which they modify their bodies through medical interventions.

Gender Dysphoria: Clinically significant distress caused when a person's assigned birth gender is not the one with which they identify,

Gay: The adjective used to describe people whose enduring physical, romantic, and/or emotional attractions are to people of the same gender. 

Lesbian: A woman whose enduring physical, romantic, and/or emotional attraction is to other women.

Bisexual: A person who has the capacity to form enduring physical, romantic, and/or emotional attractions to those of the same gender or to those of another gender.

Queer: An adjective used by some people whose sexual orientation is not exclusively heterosexual.

Asexual: An adjective used to describe people who do not experience sexual attraction.

Aromantic: An adjective used to describe people who do not experience romantic attaction.

Coming Out: A lifelong process of self-acceptance. People forge an LGBTQ+ identity first to themselves, and then they may reveal it to others.

Out: A person who self-identifies as LGBTQ+ in their personal, public, and/or professional lives.

Closeted: Describes a person who is not open about their sexual orientation or gender identity. Some individuals may be out to some people in their life, but not out to others due to fear of rejection, harassment, violence, losing one's job, or other concerns.

Androsexual: Being primarily sexually, aesthetically, and/or romantically attracted to masculinity.

Demiromantic: People who do not experience romantic attraction until a strong motional or sexual connection is formed with a partner.

Demisexual: People on the asexual spectrum who do experience some sexual attraction, but only in certain situations, like after they've formed a strong emotional or romantic connection with a partner.

Gynesexual: Being primarily sexually, aesthetically, and/or romantically attracted to femininity.

Polyamorous: Describes people who have consensual relationships that involve multiple partners.

Skoliosexual: Being primarily sexually, romantically, and/or aesthetically attracted to genderqueer, transgender, and/or non-binary people.

Pansexual: Describes people who are not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender, or gender identity.

Two-Spirit: Refers to a person who identifies as having both a masculine and a feminine spirit, and is used by some Indigenous people to describe their sexual, gender and/or spiritual identity.