We think so, too. That's why we have compiled this expansive list of words and acronyms most commonly found within the GSE (LGBTQIA+) communities. Please note that this list is not a complete list and will be updated regularly
Feel free to suggest new words or acronyms that you feel should be added!
A person who is abrosexual may, at times, be pansexual, but at other times they may be heterosexual or asexual. Their sexual orientation is in flux. People who are pansexual are attracted to all people no matter their gender or sexuality.
An acronym that stands for Assigned Female At Birth.
Having no specific gender identity, or having a gender identity that is neutral. Sometimes used interchangeably with gender neutral, genderless, or neutrois.
An acronym that stands for Assigned Male At Birth.
The combination of masculine and feminine characteristics into an ambiguous form. Androgyny may be expressed with regard to biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual identity. When androgyny refers to mixed biological sex characteristics in humans, it often refers to intersex people.
Aromantic people have no romantic feelings or interest in other people. Aromantic people can be involved in relationships that resemble romantic relationships but have no romantic attraction to their partner(s) what-so-ever. Many liken these relationships to "situationships" or "friends with benefits." However, it is up to the individuals involved in these relationships to determine how they and their relationships are defined.
Asexual people have very little or no sexual attraction at all to other people.
Having two distinct gender identities or expressions, either simultaneously, at different times, or in different situations.
A term for those attracted not exclusively to people of one particular gender.
Classified as a mental health disorder in which a person cannot stop thinking about one or more perceived defects or flaws in their appearance; a flaw that appears minor to or cannot be seen by others but may make them feel so embarrassed, ashamed and/or anxious that they may avoid many social situations.
A term for those whose gender identity matches their sex at birth. For example, a male who is AMAB (Assigned Male At Birth) and identifies as a male regardless of sexual preference is cisgender, or "cis."
A gender identity that involves feeling a partial, but not a full, connection to a particular gender identity or just to the concept of gender. Demigender people often identify as non-binary.
Demigender is not necessarily a partial connection to gender (like male or female) and a partial connection to agender. Instead it is more commonly referred to as a partial connection to a third gender that possibly can’t be described by the term agender or is just not the absence of a gender. Demigender people may feel that partial connection is a gender, but it cannot necessarily be described.
Examples of demigender identities include demigirl, demiboy, and demiandrogyne.
A sexual orientation where people only experience sexual attraction to folks that they have close emotional connections with. In other words, demisexual people only experience sexual attraction after an emotional bond has formed.
An acronym that refers to a transgender person who is transitioning from female to male.
A term used for individuals who are attracted to the same sex.
An acronym that stands for Gender and Sexually Expansive. This acronym is gaining momentum as an alternative to the widely-known LGBTQIA+ acronym as it is shorter and considered to be more inclusive.
The state of having no gender identity, regardless of physical sex. Not necessarily the same as an androgyne, but they both appear androgynous.
A term that refers to the feeling of discomfort or distress that might occur in people whose gender identity differs from their sex assigned at birth or sex-related physical characteristics. Gender dysphoria can also cause or accompany anxiety and/or depression. Gender dysphoria is not a mental disorder.
An umbrella term sometimes used to describe people that expand notions of gender expression and identity beyond what is perceived as the expected gender norms for their society or context.
Moving between two or more gender identities or expressions.
Not referring to either sex but only to people in general.
Denoting or relating to a person whose behavior or appearance does not conform to prevailing cultural and social expectations about what is appropriate to their gender.
A "catch-all" term for individuals with nonbinary gender identities.
A term often used by the medical community to describe individuals who dress, behave, or express themselves in a way that does not conform to dominant gender norms.
An acronym introduced and widely accepted as a shorter and more inclusive replacement for the LGBTQIA+ acronym. The letters stand for Gender and Sexual Minorities. (See also SAGA)
A term used for individuals who are attracted to the same sex.
A general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn't seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male.
A term used to describe a woman who is attracted specifically to other women. Lesbian women are gay women.
An acronym used to reference the GSM (Gender and Sexual Minorities) community. Its letters stand for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Intersex, and Agender or Asexual. The plus sign is intended to represent all other gender non-conforming individuals. (See also GSM and SAGA)
An acronym that refers to a transgender person who is transitioning from male to female.
Noting or relating to a person who has a neutral gender identity or who lacks a specific gender identity.
The umbrella term covering all gender identities and expressions outside the gender binary. Often referred to as "Enby." Non-binary people identify as neither male nor female.
A term that refers to a person whose gender identity is not limited to one gender and may encompass all genders at once.
A sexual orientation where someone is attracted to people of all genders. This includes people who do not identify with any gender (agender).
A sexual orientation where someone is attracted to multiple genders, but not necessarily all genders.
A vague term that represents those who identify beyond the binary of cisgender and heteronormativity. Queerness is more nuanced than a sexual or gender identity.
An acronym introduced as a shorter and more inclusive replacement for the LGBTQIA+ acronym. The letters stand for Sexual and Gender Alliance. (See also GSM)
Having a gender identity or expression that is not defined in terms of the binary options (male/female, masculine/feminine). May also be referred to as Third Sex or Othergender.
A term that refers to someone who was assigned male at birth and who identifies as feminine, but may not identify wholly as a woman.
Denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex.
A term that refers to someone who was assigned female at birth and who identifies as masculine, but may not identify wholly as a man.
A modern, pan-Indian, umbrella term used by some Indigenous North Americans to describe Native people in their communities who fulfill a traditional third-gender (or other gender-variant) ceremonial and social role in their cultures. A person who is abrosexual may, at times, be pansexual, but at other times they may be heterosexual or asexual. Their sexual orientation is in flux. People who are pansexual are attracted to all people no matter their gender or sexuality.
TRANSETCETERA IS NOW "THE CARLISLE INITIATIVE!"
1. We are currently in the process of rebranding our organization's web site and socials. In the interim, you may still see references to TransEtcetera, including email addresses and other contact options until the rebranding is complete.
2. The Carlisle Initiative is moving away from the widely-known LGBTQIA+ acronym in favor of the shorter and more inclusive GSE acronym, which stands for Gender & Sexually Expansive. Now, when you see this in our spaces, you will know what it means.