Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Transgender and Queer Pride Month (LGBTQ Pride Month) is an annual celebration spanning over the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots are remarkably important for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. People from the LGBT community held a series of violent demonstrations against a police raid that took place on June 28, 1969 in the Stonewell Inn in New York City. The fight for LGBTQ right has since been on and is still going on. With time, people across the world have united to fight for LGBTQ rights. Though there is still a vast number of people who are unaware of what the LGBTQ community stands for, their identity and demands. In an attempt to help you with that, we have a quick glossary of terms associated with the LGBTQ community.
An ally is person who is not from the LGBTQ community but shows support for LGBTQ people and promotes equality in a variety of ways.
Biphobia is the prejudice, fear or hatred directed towards bisexual people.
A bisexual person is someone who is emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to more than one sex, gender or gender identity. Though these attractions may not be simultaneously, in the same way or to the same degree.
A closeted person is someone who is not open about his or her sexual orientation.
Coming Out is the process in which a person for the first time acknowledges, accepts and appreciates their sexual orientation or gender identity and shares it with others.
A gay person is someone who is emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to members of the same gender.
Gender Dysphoria is the condition when a person's biological gender is opposite to the one with which they identify.
Gender-expansive is an umbrella terms used for individuals who their gender in a broader bracket than the binary gender system (male and female).
Gender expression refers to the external appearance of one's gender identity, usually expressed through behavior, clothing, haircut or voice, and which may or may not conform to socially defined behaviors and characteristics typically associated with being either masculine or feminine.
Gender fluid is a term associated with a person who does not identify with a single fixed gender.
Gender identity is one's innermost concept of gender which can be male, female, a blend of both or neither. It can be the same or different from their biological sex.
Gender non-conforming is a broad term referring to people who do not behave in a way that conforms to the traditional expectations of their gender, or whose gender expression does not fit neatly into a single category.
Genderqueer is a term to define people who does not identify with conventional gender distinctions. They may see themselves as being both male and female, neither male nor female, a combination of both or falling completely outside these categories.
Gender transition is the process of changing one's gender presentation and/or sex characteristics to accord with one's internal sense of gender identity. It can be either a social or a physical transitions.
Homophobia is the fear and hatred of or discomfort with people who are attracted to members of the same sex.
A lesbian is a woman who is emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to other women.
LGBTQ is an acronym popularly used to collectively address - lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.
Outing refers to exposing someone’s lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender identity to others without their permission.
Pansexual is a person who has the potential for emotional, romantic or sexual attraction to people of any gender though not necessarily simultaneously, in the same way or to the same degree.
Queer is a term used for to refer to people with fluid identities and orientations.
Transgender is umbrella term used to refer to people whose gender identity and/or expression is different from cultural expectations based on the sex they were assigned at birth. Being transgender does not imply any specific sexual orientation.
Transphobia is the fear and hatred of, or discomfort with, transgender people.
Zie & Hir
Zie and Hir are the most common spelling for gender neutral pronouns. Zie is subjective (replaces he or she) and Hir is possessive and objective (replaces his or her).
We hope after going through this glossary you now have a little bit of better understanding and knowledge about LGBTQ. :)