Gender Identity List & Sexuality Guide of Terminology


The world at present is a binary place where gender traditionally defaults to man or woman. Sexual and gender diversity have come more into the spotlight in recent years; while society has progressed to being more open, friendly and understanding to minority groups, it can sometimes feel that the progress is not fast enough. Fostering acceptance among the public and the mainstream media is definitely a challenge and with the echo chambers and trolls that exist on social media eg Twitter, Facebook and so on, creating a welcoming society for all, no matter the sexuality or gender identity involves continuous learning.

Agender/Gender Neutral

This person sees themselves as neither man nor woman, has no gender identity, or no gender to express.


A gender separate from man or woman, that is not androgynous, or neutral, but instead a strong, specific “third” gendered feeling other than man or woman.


This describes the blending, in a particular individual, of traditionally male and female characteristics. The individual might not appear either feminine or masculine.


Anyone who has sexual attraction towards males. This can be contrasted with those who identify as heterosexual/homosexual.


A person who doesn’t have a sexual drive.


Someone who is open to exploring sexual relations with people of a different gender than those to whom one is usually attracted.


Bigender people experience two gender identities, occurring simultaneously or varying between the two. These gender identities could be male and female, but could also be non-binary identities.Also often referred to as a “demiboy” or “demigirl”.


Binarism describes how a society splits its members into one of two sets of gender specific roles, gender identities and attributes based on the shape of genitalia, i.e. male or female.


This is where someone is sexually attracted to both males and females (assuming there are only two genders).


This is a slang term that originated in the lesbian community which describes a more masculine (in attributes and/or appearance) lesbian individual.


This is a gender identity that matches the gender that was assigned at birth. Often referred to as “cis”.


This is a person who does not experience sexual attraction unless they form a emotional connection or bond.

Drag King

This is a female who dresses and impersonates a man and emphasises male characteristics for public entertainment or a show.

Drag Queen

This is a male who dresses as an exaggerated female for public entertainment; the drag queen is not necessarily gay.


This refers to a lesbian whose appearance is seen as traditionally feminine. Sometimes referred to as a “lipstick lesbian” (note this is a derogatory term to some).

Gender Dysphoria

This refers to the distress/conflict a person experiences as a result of the sex and gender they were assigned at birth.

Gender Fluid

This is when a person does not have a fixed gender; they may feel more female on certain days and more male on other days.


A person who is outside of, falls in between, or fluctuates among the dual gender categories of man and woman. A genderqueer individual often experiences their gender as fluid, meaning it can shift and change from time to time.


This is a person who has a sexual attraction to breasts, vaginas and femininity. The person with those features is not necessarily a female. Gynesexuals are generally attracted to clean shaven, effeminate males or overtly feminine females.


This is the belief that people fall into distinct genders (male and female) and assumes that heterosexuality (attraction to the opposite sex) is the only “norm” sexual orientation.


When a person has a sexual attraction to someone of the opposite sex.


When a person is attracted to someone of their own sex.


This is a general term used for a number of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive/sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male.


This is a gender identity that is considered non-binary; the individual might be a mix of male and female. There is some debate as to whether one has to be intersex to be intergender.


A lesbian is a homosexual woman.


Lesbian,Gay, Bisexual,Transgender, Queer/Questioning


Men who have sex with men = MSM / Women who have sex with women = WSW


The title used before a person’s surname or full name by those who wish to avoid gender specification or by those who don’t want to identify themselves as male or female.


A neutrois person is someone who sees themselves as neither man nor woman, has no gender identity, or no gender to express.


This is a catch-all category for identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine‍.


This is a non-binary category defined as being more than one gender. A pangender person might consider themselves a member of all genders.


When someone has sexual attraction (romantic or emotional) towards people regardless of their sex or gender identity.


This is the practice of, or desire for, intimate and consensual relations with more than one partner, with the knowledge of all partners involved.


This is a non-binary category defined as being more than one gender. A pangender person might consider themselves a member of some but not all genders.


This represents sexual and gender minorities who are not heterosexual or cisgender. This can be considered an insulting term so it’s important to use with caution and only if the “queer” individual has indicated its use is comfortable for them.


When someone is sexually attracted to transgender or non-binary/genderqueer people; it doesn’t generally describe an attraction to specific genitalia.


Transgender people are those who have a gender identity or gender expression that differs from their assigned sex.


This refers to negative attitudes, behaviors or actions toward transgender or transsexual people, or toward transsexuality in general.


This refers to people who transition from one sex to another. For example, a person born as a male can “become” female through the use of hormones and/or surgical procedures.

Transvestite (Crossdresser)

Someone who derives pleasure from dressing in clothes and accessories mostly associated with the opposite sex.


Trigender people have exactly three gender identities, either all at the same time or varying between them. The three gender identities can be male, female and/or any non-binary identities.

 Gender Identity Pronouns
  • Some genderqueer people prefer to use gender-neutral pronouns. Usage of ‘they’, ‘their’ and ‘them’ in a singular sense is common and ze, sie, hir, co, and ey are used as well.
  • Ze/hir/hir (“Gene ate hir food because ze was hungry.”) Ze is pronounced like “zee” can also be spelled zie or xe, and replaces she/he/they. Hir is pronounced like “here” and replaces her/hers/him/his/they/theirs.
  • Some people prefer not to use pronouns at all, using the individual’s name as a pronoun instead. “Gene ate Gene’s food because Gene was hungry.”

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