#TSquared 15 – Inclusive Language

Inclusive Language   The use of gender non-specific language (e.g. ‘partner’ instead of ‘husband’, or ‘they’ or ‘ze’ instead of ‘she’) to avoid assumptions around gender identity and sexual orientation, and to enhance the accessibility of information and services. Educational, social service, and health professionals are especially encouraged to use inclusive language until advised otherwise …

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#TSquared 13 – Transgender

Transgender   Transgender, frequently abbreviated to ‘trans’ or ‘trans*’ is an umbrella term that describes a wide range of people whose gender identity and/or expression differs from conventional expectations based on their assigned biological birth sex. Some of the many people who may or may not identify as transgender, trans or trans* include people on …

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#TSquared 12 – Sexual Orientation

Sexual Orientation   Refers to a person’s deep-seated feeling of sexual and romantic attraction. These attractions may be mostly towards people of the same gender (lesbian, gay), another gender (heterosexual), men and women (bisexual), or people of all genders (pansexual). Many people become aware of these feelings during adolescence or even earlier, while some do …

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#TSquared 11 – Asexual

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 …

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#TSquared 10 – Drag

Drag Refers to people who dress in a showy or flamboyant way that exaggerates gendered stereotypes, often for entertainment purposes. ‘Drag’ is a term that is often associated with gay/lesbian communities and is often replaced with ‘Drag King’ and ‘Drag Queen’. Some people who perform professionally outside gay/lesbian communities prefer the term ‘male/female impersonator’.

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#TSquared 9 – Cisgender

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 prefix cis- means ‘on the side of’ or ‘not across from’. A term used to call attention to the privelege of people who are not trans*.

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#TSquared 8 – Ally

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.

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#TSquared 7 – Queer

Queer A term becoming more widely used among LGBT communities because of its inclusiveness. 'Queer' can be used to refer to the range of non-heterosexual and non-cisgender people and provides a convenient shorthand for 'LGBT'. It is important to note that this is a reclaimed term that was once and is still used as a …

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#TSquared 6 – Gender Identity

Gender Identity One’s informal and psychological sense of oneself as male, female, both, in between, or neither. People who question their gender identity may feel unsure of their gender or believe they are not of the same gender as their physical body. Gender non-conforming, gender variant, or genderqueer are some terms sometimes used to describe …

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