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Emerging interest in gender and sexual diversity in vocational training

There is a recent interest in the role of gender and sexual diversity in vocational education and training. After a steadily growing interest in LGBTIQ+ equality and marketing in the last 20 years, in the last decade a number of projects started to explore how vocational education and training could integrate attention to gender and sexual diversity. This development started with a series of projects in the Netherlands, which then expanded to the European level. This year, another project starts to experiment in some less welcoming countries, like Poland, Croatia, Cyprus and Greece.

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Greater Percentage of Americans Self-Identify as LGBTQ

In the 2021 LGBTQ-focused Gallop poll survey released in February, Americans who self-identify as LGBTQ have risen to an average of 5.6% compared to the last survey in 2017 where that number was 4.5%.

The interesting point in the 2021 LGBTQ-focused Gallop poll is that 7.6% of respondents chose to not answer the question of how they self-identify meaning they wouldn’t even say they are heterosexual. So, 5.6% self-identify as LGBTQ and for 7.6% it is unknown. I have never known a heterosexual not comfortable with stating that. So, I personally believe a good portion of that 7.6% are LGBTQ or questioning. So the statistical number is somewhere between 5.6% and 13.2% (5.6 + 7.6). If I were to bet, the real number is in the 10-11% area.

Of the self-identifying LGBTQ the numbers look like this:

  •  54.6% bisexual
  • 24.5% gay
  • 11.7% lesbian
  • 11.3% transgender
  • 3.3% another non-heterosexual preference

Respondents can give multiple responses when describing their sexual identity; thus, the totals exceed 100%.

Rebasing these percentages to represent their share of the U.S. adult population finds 3.1% of Americans identifying as bisexual, 1.4% as gay, 0.7% as lesbian and 0.6% as transgender.

Gen Z More Comfortable Identifying as LGBTQ

Due to progress made in society, today Gen Z are much more comfortable in being their authentic self identifying as LGBTQ. In this recent Gallop poll for those aged 18-23 about one in six (15.9%) identified as something other than heterosexual.

One of the main reasons LGBT identification has been increasing over time is that younger generations are far more likely to consider themselves to be something other than heterosexual. This includes about one in six adult members of Generation Z (those aged 18 to 23 in 2020).

LGBT identification is lower in each older generation, including 2% or less of Americans born before 1965 (aged 56 and older in 2020).

Americans’ Self-Identification as LGBT, by Generation

LGBTHeterosexualNo opinion
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Generation Z (born 1997-2002)15.978.95.2
Millennials (born 1981-1996)9.182.78.1
Generation X (born 1965-1980)3.888.67.6
Baby boomers (born 1946-1964)2.091.16.9
Traditionalists (born before 1946)1.389.98.9
GALLUP, 2020

Currently, Generation Z leans heavily on the bisexual side of LGBT. This means that nearly 12% of all Gen Z adults identify as bisexual. For comparison’s sake, about half of millennials who identify as LGBT say they’re bisexual. Also, another study completed in early 2019 found that 29% of Americans from 18-30 years old who identify as heterosexual occasionally have same-gender experiences which is called “heteroflexible“.

The most interesting part of these numbers may be that they could very easily be much higher. The survey was only able to gather info from the oldest segment of Generation Z, aged 18 to 23, so pollsters are expecting the percentages to continue to rise as time goes on and people feel more comfortable to live their truth.

According to the survey, more than half of LGBT adults (54.6%) identify as bisexual. About a quarter (24.5%) say they are gay, with 11.7% identifying as lesbian and 11.3% as transgender. An additional 3.3% offered another non-heterosexual preference or term to describe their sexual orientation, such as “queer.”

Americans’ Self-Identified Sexual Orientation, by Generation

BisexualGayLesbianTransgenderOther
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Generation Z (born 1997-2002)11.52.11.41.80.4
Millennials (born 1981-1996)5.12.00.81.20.4
Generation X (born 1965-1980)1.81.20.70.20.1
Baby boomers (born 1946-1964)0.31.20.40.20.0
Traditionalists (born before 1946)0.30.30.20.30.1
Figures represent the percentage of all adult members of each generation who have that sexual orientation
GALLUP, 2020

The pronounced generational differences raise questions about whether higher LGBT identification in younger than older Americans reflects a true shift in sexual orientation, or if it merely reflects a greater willingness of younger people to identify as LGBT. 

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Alfred Verhoeven: Marketing the Rainbow – Corporate LGBTQ Advertising

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Alfred Verhoeven, marketing consultant and Marketing Ph.D. candidate.    

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01:15 Brief intro by Alfred 

02:30 Alfred’s background includes a law degree and initially stubbled into marketing and has worked in corporate financial institutions yet has been in private practice for around 20 years so far. 

04:20 In the military, Alfred was a language specialist where he learned Russian working in the military intelligence realm.   

06:00 We discuss how both sales and marketing are areas where training helps to hone natural skills and abilities 08:00 Dennis shares a common connection via language learning, military intelligence, and a related story 

15:00 How to lose someone following you using 3 modes of transportation 

17:00 Alfred shares his inspiration to work on a Marketing Ph.D. and its focus titled Marketing the Rainbow – No one has done this study before 

19:00 How the stereotype of high wealth, disposal income, dual income no kids come from and how the original niche study has been incorrectly used and referenced.  See interview with Todd Evans of Rivendale Media.  https://outburo.com/spanning-95-of-lgbtq-print-online-media-rivendell/ 

26:00 Alfred discusses how and how the LGBTQ community became a focus for corporate marketing 

27:45 How LGBTQ persons often become caregivers due to often not having kids 

30:00 Alfred’s research is large and still growing but has focused the Ph.D. thesis to be manageable while providing the larger set of research articles through his website. https://marketingtherainbow.info/ 

31:00 Alfred discusses how companies stand for equality and how being inclusivity supports corporate profitability. 

34:50 The dangers of right-wing backlash and how it can turn around and benefit the company and has changed over time through social and legal advances 

36:00 How LGBTQ inclusive marketing is now pretty much mainstream and companies are pretty much foolish to not adopt inclusive marketing 

39:00 We chat about the evolution of LGBTQ equality acceptance. 

44:00 Alfred is taking the research content and creating articles outlining a company’s LGBTQ marketing history and journey.  See the website and YouTube channel listed below.   

51:00 We chat about past marketing mistakes and learning from them. 

To connect with Alfred find him on OutBüro here. https://outburo.com/profile/tawv/ 

Website: https://marketingtherainbow.info/

Check out his YouTube channel featuring LGBTQ marketing commercials.  

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/AlfredVerhoeven 

Join me and Alfred on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies, and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality-focused benefits, policies, and business practices.  https://www.OutBuro.com 

Would you like to be featured like this? Contact the host Dennis Velco.  https://outburo.com/profile/dennisvelco/

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Study Explores LGBT+ Employees Experiences

New research (Feb 2021) from the CIPD has confirmed that LGBT+ employees experience higher level of work-based conflict, and almost one in five transgender workers feel psychologically unsafe at work.

The CIPD’s recent report, Inclusion at work: perspectives on LGBT+ working lives confirms that while workplace inclusivity is fundamental to good, fair work and positive employee outcomes, many organisations have been slow to make headway to support their LGBT+ workforces.

Unfortunately, LGBT+ employees are more likely to experience workplace conflict and harassment than their heterosexual, cisgender counterparts. In particular, 40% of LGB+ workers and 55% of transgender workers have experienced workplace conflict in the last 12 months, compared with 29% of heterosexual, cisgender employees. When conflicts occurred, many reported that their issues hadn’t been fully resolved. Close to half (44%) of LGB+ workers who had experienced being undermined or humiliated said this had not been resolved, and almost four in ten said this had only been partly resolved (38%). Close to a quarter (23%) of transgender workers said they had experienced discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Additionally, 16% of LGB+ workers feel psychologically unsafe in the workplace compared with heterosexual workers (10%). For transgender workers, this figure is even higher at 18%.

All of this suggests that employers’ handling of conflict and harassment towards LGBT+ workers must improve. It is further clear that employers need to develop a greater understanding of the specific experiences – and needs – of their LGBT+ workforce.

All of this news is obviously disappointing to hear, and disappointing to hear while we remain in a pandemic, where the majority of workers remain working from home, many of whom feel lonely and isolated – particularly those within the LGBT+ community.

The current status quo therefore must change, not just for the LGBT+ community but for all. There is no more an important time to do this as we seek to recover and thrive after the pandemic. Recommendations for all in this area therefore include the following:

  • Reviewing and ensuring that anti-discrimination policies and practices are fit for purpose, well understood, and carried out throughout the organisation. These should set clear expectations of what is and is not acceptable behavior, with practical examples, and provide robust guidance to managers on how to report and deal with incidences of conflict. A zero-tolerance approach to discrimination is fundamental for all employers regardless of size. Employers have legal obligations to prevent and address discrimination and should take a zero-tolerance approach to this.
  • Create visible leadership in this area, supportive and knowledgeable about the difficulties that LGBT+ workers may face at work. Reciprocal mentoring is encouraged, to enable both groups to learn from each other. Gaining true buy-in and support from senior leadership is vital for building more inclusive workplaces.
  • Provide training to enable the entire workforce to recognize where conflict exists or may exist and the value of equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion. Understanding people’s differences, why they are important, and why they should be protected is key and will enable the creation of positive and inclusive work relationships.
  • Encourage the reporting of any and all forms of conflict and ensure that all such matters are properly and seriously investigated.
  • Offer support through the use of LGBT+, and allyship, networks. These can be used for LGBT+ workers to discuss difficult matters with other like-minded people. Appropriate training is of course necessary here, particularly for signposting purposes as network members should not act as counselors or dispute resolution experts. Such networks also allow LGBT+ workers to collectively raise important issues and suggestions to improve inclusion and diversity within the organization.
  • Leverage OutBüro’s (www.OutBuro.com) LGBTQ Employer Branding platform to share your organization’s strides and process with current and prospective employees. Utilize its employee reviews to create an open dialog while demonstrating your organization takes their feedback seriously and is striving to be a welcoming workplace where all are respected equally.

Employers are therefore encouraged, off the back of the CIPD’s report, and as prompted by LGBT History Month, to improve their understanding of challenges faced by their LGBT+ workforce, to combat all possible opportunities for conflict or prejudice in this area, and thereafter to celebrate their diverse and inclusive workforces. The fight for LGBT+ rights and equal opportunity is clearly not over yet; we all have an important role to play to ensure that everyone is treated equally and fairly.

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Understanding Gender Identity and Expression 101

Understanding gender identity and expression to support education in LGBTQ corporate equality for a welcoming workplace. In Feb 2021 we updated our model to include scales for “other” in our own continued learning evolution and striving to provide content and resources that are reflective of you and all your beautiful complexities. We hope this now is fully inclusive and we remain open to constructive feedback.

Most people when they hear – LGBTQ – they think of it is a group of individuals who are attracted to members of the same sex to some degree. Interestingly, most don’t realize that the “T” does not directly relate to a person’s sexual attraction at all. It is separate and refers to a person’s sense of gender. Inside, do they feel like a male or female or even somewhere in between the two. This is referred to as gender identity.

Before the 19th century, the terms gender and sex were interchangeable. It was believed was what you physically appeared as at birth was cut and dry. Binary. Female or male from birth in body, mind, and soul.

Around 1925, a sexologist named Magnus Hirschfeld from Germany published an article. In it, he described for the first time the difference between the sexual desire for persons of the same gender compared to a deep desire to live and/or dress as the opposite gender because it matches how you feel and view yourself.

In the 1950s the concepts and theories about gender, gender roles, and gender identity were introduced and defined in the psychological literature. Psychologists, such as Jerome Kagan and John Money, initially believed that gender identity was simply a degree a person felt feminine or masculine coupled with the ability to live openly and freely as who they are supporting a secure sense of self.

From around 1965 through 1985 researchers such as Sandra Bem, Richard Green, Harry Benjamin, and, Robert Stoller furthered the understanding of gender and gender identity. Green, Benjamin, and Stoller pioneered gender identity clinics, as well as gender-related medical and surgical treatments.

The ongoing work of these and other pioneer researchers in the field of gender identity development raised awareness that gender is not exclusively determined by assigned sex at birth but determined by a person’s sense, belief, and the ultimate expression of self.

A bit more to understand

The term transgender is an overall term for people whose gender identity, expression and/or behavior is different from those typically associated with their assigned sex at birth. Since the 1990s, transgender has also been used to describe:

  • transsexuals
  • crossdressers
  • androgynous people
  • genderqueers
  • gender non-conforming people

Transgender men had or have female body parts; however, they may identify and/or express themselves as male. Female to male or F2M.

Transgender women had or have male body parts; however, they may identify and/or express themselves as female. Male to female or M2F.

Research shows that gender identity, in many cases, is independent of sexual orientation.

  • Androphilic are people that were born with a male body, have a female gender identity, and are attracted to men. My understanding is like this:
    • M2F Straight
    • F2M Straight.
  • Gynephilia is people that were born with a male body, have a female gender and are attracted to women. My understanding is like this:
    • M2F Lesbian
    • F2M Gay
  • Cis-Gender, is a person who feels that how they mentally identify matches their physical body.
    • Cis-male
    • Cis-female

See: List of LGBTQ+ terms with definitions

Marketors, employers, prevention specialists, and healthcare providers should be aware that beliefs impact almost all areas of a person’s life, their feeling of accepted and being welcomed.

Think about not only your own beliefs and attitudes but how can you impact your place of business, your working environment, policies, benefits. How can you make your company, business, institution more accessible and in some cases safe?

If in my attempts to simplify for the sake of understanding a very complex field I’m happy to be constructively corrected and happy to edit the content if necessary. Please add your comments below.

I’ve already written about the Surrey University study demonstrating a clear bias against persons who are perceived as LGBT in the hiring process, promotions, and salary. Added to the stress of work anyone faces, adds being verbally harassed or worse not just at work but everywhere.

At this point, it’s – Duh!. In order to understand you have to get to know.

If you work for a company if not already happening, suggest or start social gatherings to get to know others out of the work environment. Maybe host a company talent show or other activities that foster interaction embracing the differences. The biggest is connect with others and be open and willing to give everyone an opportunity to shine. Listen carefully. Do you have interests in common? Do you hear an opportunity to partner on a project to help each other and maybe others in the company or community?

OutBüro’s Gender Identity and Expression Model

The concept of gender identity and expression graphic to help explain the concepts is not new. Hower, OutBüro decided to create our own with some modifications to past models to help further clarify the concepts.

Most models to date have a scale with feminine on one end of a spectrum and masculine on the opposite. We believe that having them separately represented is more accurate was of thinking and helps to better understand.

Meet Chris – the OutBüro Gender Identity and Expression Model

In the diagram below consider the lines noting masculine, feminine, and other as each independent sliding scales from 0 to 100%. If using this as a worksheet, consider marking each scale with a pencil where you feel you are on each scale. Either right-click to download as a JPG file or click here to download a PDF version.

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Gender Identity

Gender Identity is how you, in your head, experience and define your gender, based on how much you align (or don’t align) with what you understand the options for gender to be. Common associations: personality traits, jobs, hobbies, likes, dislikes, roles, expectations

Gender Expression

Gender Expression is how you present gender (through your actions, clothing, and demeanor, to name a few), and how those presentations are viewed based on social expectations. Common associations: style, grooming, clothing, mannerisms, affect, appearance, hair, make-up

Anatomical Sex

Anatomical Sex is the physical traits you’re born with or develop that we think of as “sex characteristics,” as well as the sex you are assigned at birth. Common associations: body hair, chest, hips, shoulders, hormones penis, vulva, chromosomes, voice pitch

Attraction

Attraction is how you find yourself feeling drawn (or not drawn) to some other people, in sexual, romantic, and/or other ways (often categorized within gender).

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What does LGBTQ mean?

Have you stumbled on these letters or heard someone use them and not quite sure about its meaning? LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer.

You may also see LGBTQ+, many feel Queer is an umbrella all-inclusive all-encompassing term. Other Don,t and will add the “+” symbol to represent the full spectrum of the community.

On social media, in marketing, in texting, and generally anywhere you may see other variations. Basically here is what each letter represents and for definitions and a broader list check out our List of LGBTQ+ terms with definitions.

  • L = Lesbian
  • G = Gay and/or Genderqueer. Sometimes two G’s are presented
  • B = Bisexual
  • T = Transgender
  • Q = Queer and/or questioning sometimes a second Q is provided
  • I = Intersex
  • A = Asexual
  • P = Pansexual and/or Polygamous
  • A = a second A is for Allies and/or Aromantic. Sometimes all three A’s will be present
  • K = Kink

Here are some variations you may see:

  • LGBTQI
  • LGBTIQ
  • LGBTQAI
  • LGBTQAI+
  • LGBTI
  • GLBT
  • LGBTQIAP
  • LGBTQIAPK
  • LGGBTQQIAAAPPK

Check out these additional guides:

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LGBTQ+ Glossary – 200+ Terms and Definitions

Below is a fairly comprehensive listing of terms used in the LGBTQ+ community although it is a growing list and therefore may not be complete. If you are aware of other terms that you feel should be included please use the Contact Us page, provide the term and your best effort at the definition for consideration to be added here. We appreciate your time and knowledge.

This is not intended to be terms and definitions related to sexual acts. If looking for the definition of “fellatio”, it is not included here.
If interested check out Wikipedia’s Sexual Slang and Glossary of BDSM.

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Ability – uhbil-i-tee ] noun: The quality of having the means or skill to do something. Ability is not permanent, can fluctuate throughout one’s life, and is another aspect of diversity in our communities. Disabilities do not necessarily limit people unless society imposes assumptions that do not account for the variation in people’s abilities.

Ableism – ey-buh-liz-uhm ] noun: The pervasive system of discrimination and exclusion that oppresses people who are differently-abled, including differences in mental, cognitive, emotional, and/or physical abilities, through attitudes, actions, or institutional policies.

Abrosexual – [ ab-roh-sek-shoo-uhl ] adj.: Someone who is abrosexual has a fluid sexual orientation. They experience different sexual orientations over time.

Advocate – [ ad-vuh-keyt ] noun & verb: noun: a person who actively works to end intolerance, educate others, and support social equity for a marginalized group.  verb: to actively support or plea in favor of a particular cause, the action of working to end intolerance or educate others.

Ageism – ey-jiz-uhm ] noun: The pervasive system of prejudice and discrimination that marginalizes people based on their age. This can be perpetuated through stereotypes of youthfulness versus life at an older age and through oppressive policies that subordinate and exclude older folks. Ageism can impact different age groups besides older folks, such as children who are stereotyped as being unable to make big decisions.

Agender – [ ey-jen-der ] 1 adj.: a person with no (or very little) connection to the traditional system of gender, no personal alignment with the concepts of either man or woman, and/or someone who sees themselves as existing without gender. Sometimes called gender neutrois, gender-neutral, or genderless. 2 noun: a person who is agender.

Allosexism – [ al-uhseks-iz-uhm] noun: The pervasive system of discrimination and exclusion that oppresses asexual people built out of the assumption that everyone does and should experience sexual attraction.

Allosexual – [ al-uhsek-shoo-uhl ] adj.: refers to people who do not identify as asexual—that is, people who regularly experience sexual attraction, regardless of their sexual orientation. Asexual, in contrast, refers to people who experience no or little sexual attraction. As a counterpart to asexual, the word allosexual helps normalize and destigmatize asexuality in society.

Allistic – [ al-lis-tik ] adj.: describes a person who is not autistic and is often used to emphasize the privilege of people who are not on the autism spectrum.

Ally – [ al-ahy ] – noun: a (typically straight and/or cisgender) person who supports and respects members of the LGBTQ+ community. We consider people to be active allies who take meaningful action in support and respect.

Allyship – [ al-ahy ship ] – noun:  The action of working to end oppression through support of, and as an advocate with and for, a group other than one’s own

Androgyny – [ ăn-drŏjə-nē ] (androgynous) – 1 noun: a gender expression that has elements of both masculinity and femininity; 2 adj.: occasionally used in place of “intersex” to describe a person with both female and male anatomy, generally in the form “androgyne.”

Androsexual or androphilic – [ an-droh-sek-shoo-uhl ] adj.: being primarily sexually, romantically and/or emotionally attracted to men, males, and/or masculinity.

Aromantic /”ay-ro-man-tic”/ – adj.: experiencing little or no romantic attraction to others and/or has a lack of interest in romantic relationships/behavior. Aromanticism exists on a continuum from people who experience no romantic attraction or have any desire for romantic activities, to those who experience low levels, or romantic attraction only under specific conditions. Many of these different places on the continuum have their own identity labels (see demiromantic). Sometimes abbreviated to “aro” (pronounced like “arrow”).

Asexual – [ ey-sek-shoo-uhl ] adj.: experiencing little or no sexual attraction to others and/or a lack of interest in sexual relationships/behavior. Asexuality exists on a continuum from people who experience no sexual attraction or have any desire for sex, to those who experience low levels, or sexual attraction only under specific conditions. Many of these different places on the continuum have their own identity labels (see demisexual). Sometimes abbreviated to “ace.”

Autism –  aw-tiz-uhm ] (no longer in clinical use) a pervasive developmental disorder that commonly manifests in early childhood, characterized by impaired communication, excessive rigidity, and emotional detachment: now considered one of the autism spectrum disorders described as any of various disorders, as autism and Asperger syndrome, commonly manifesting in early childhood and characterized by impaired social or communication skills, repetitive behaviors, or a restricted range of interests.

Autoromantic – [aw-toh-roh-man-tik] adj.: a term for the experience of romantic attraction to oneself. Its sexual counterpart is autosexual.

Autosexual – [aw-toh-sek-shoo-uhl] adj.: a term for sexual attraction to oneself, especially a preference for masturbation over sexual intercourse. Experiencing romantic feelings towards oneself is called autoromantic.

BDSM – Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and Submission, Sadism and Masochism. BDSM refers to a wide spectrum of activities and forms of interpersonal relationships. While not always overtly sexual in nature, the activities and relationships within a BDSM context are almost always eroticized by the participants in some fashion. Many of these practices fall outside of commonly held social norms regarding sexuality and human relationships.

Bear Community: – a part of the queer community composed of queer men similar in looks and interests, most of them big, hairy, friendly and affectionate speaking sterotypically.  The community aims to provide spaces where one feels wanted, desired, and liked. It nourishes and values an individual’s process of making friends and learning self-care and self-love through the unity and support of the community.  Bears, Cubs, Otters, Wolves, Chasers, Admirers and other wildlife comprise what has come to be known as the Brotherhood of Bears and/or the Bear community. See also: Ursula

Bi erasure – [bahy ih-rey-sher] a short form of bisexual erasure, is the act of ignoring, explaining away, or otherwise dismissing bisexuality in culture, media, or history.

Bicurious – [ bahy-kyoor-ee-uhs ] adj.: a curiosity toward experiencing attraction to people of the same gender/sex (similar to questioning).

Bigender – [ bahy-jen-der ] adj.: a person who fluctuates between traditionally “woman” and “man” gender-based behavior and identities, identifying with two genders (or sometimes identifying with either man or woman, as well as a third, different gender).

Binder/binding – [ bahyn-der ] / [ bahyn-ding ] noun: an undergarment used to alter or reduce the appearance of one’s breasts (worn similarly to how one wears a sports bra).  Binding – verb: the (sometimes daily) process of wearing a binder. Binding is often used to change the way other’s read/perceive one’s anatomical sex characteristics, and/or as a form of gender expression.

Biological sex – [ bahy-uhloj-i-kuhl ] [ seks ] noun: a medical term used to refer to the chromosomal, hormonal and anatomical characteristics that are used to classify an individual as female or male or intersex. Often referred to as simply “sex,” “physical sex,” “anatomical sex,” or specifically as “sex assigned at birth.”

Biphobia – [ bahy-foh-bee-uh ] noun: a range of negative attitudes (e.g., fear, anger, intolerance, invisibility, resentment, erasure, or discomfort) that one may have or express toward bisexual individuals. Biphobia can come from and be seen within the LGBTQ community as well as straight society. biphobic – adj. : a word used to describe actions, behaviors, or individuals who demonstrate elements of this range of negative attitudes toward bisexual people.

Bisexual – [ bahy-sek-shoo-uhl ] 1 noun: a person who experiences attraction to some men and women. 2 adj.: a person who experiences attraction to some people of their gender and another gender. Bisexual attraction does not have to be equally split or indicate a level of interest that is the same across the genders an individual may be attracted to. Often used interchangeably with “pansexual”.

BlaQ/BlaQueer – [ blak ] / [ bla-kweer ] Persons of Black/African descent and/or from the African diaspora who recognize their queerness/LGBTQIA identity as a salient identity attached to their Blackness and vice versa.

Body Image – [ bod-ee ] [ im-ij ] adj.: how a person feels, acts and thinks about their body. Attitudes about our own bodies, in general, are shaped by our communities, families, cultures, media, and our own perceptions. 

Body Policing – [ bod-ee ] [ puhlees-ing ] adj.: any behavior which (indirectly or directly, intentionally or unintentionally) attempts to correct or control a person’s actions regarding their own physical body, frequently with regards to gender expression or size.

Butch – [ booch ] noun & adj.: a person who identifies themselves as masculine, whether it be physically, mentally, or emotionally. ‘Butch’ is sometimes used as a derogatory term for lesbians, but is also be claimed as an affirmative identity label.

Ceterosexual – [ set-er-oh-sek-shoo-uhl ] adj.: Someone who is ceterosexual is a nonbinary person who is primarily sexually attracted to other nonbinary people.

Cis – [ sis ] adj. & noun: short for cisgender, which refers to when a person’s gender identity corresponds to their sex as assigned at birth. Cisgender is the opposite of transgender.

Cisgender – [ sisjen-der ] adj. & noun: 1. agj. a gender description for when someone’s sex assigned at birth and gender identity correspond in an expected way (e.g., someone who was assigned male at birth, and identifies as a man). A simple way to think about it is if a person is not transgender, they are cisgender. The word cisgender can also be shortened to “cis.” 2. noun: a person who is cisgender

Cisnormativity – [ sis-nawr-muh-tiv-i-tee ] noun: the assumption, in individuals and in institutions, that everyone is cisgender, and that cisgender identities are superior to trans* identities and people. Leads to the invisibility of non-cisgender identities. –

Cissexism – [ sis-sek-siz-uhm ] noun: behavior that grants preferential treatment to cisgender people, reinforces the idea that being cisgender is somehow better or more “right” than being transgender, and/or makes other genders invisible.

Closeted – [ kloz-i-tid ] adj.: an individual who is not open to themselves or others about their (queer) sexuality or gender identity. This may be by choice and/or for other reasons such as fear for one’s safety, peer or family rejection, or disapproval and/or loss of housing, job, etc. Also known as being “in the closet.” When someone chooses to break this silence they “come out” of the closet. (see coming out)

Coming out – [ kuhm-ing out ] noun: the process by which one accepts and/or comes to identify one’s own sexuality or gender identity (to “come out” to oneself). verb: the process by which one shares one’s sexuality or gender identity with others.

Constellation – [ kon-stuhley-shuhn ] noun: a way to describe the arrangement or structure of a polyamorous relationship.

Cross-dresser – [ kraws-dres-er ] noun: someone who wears clothes of another gender/sex. Carries no implications of sexual orientation. 

Culture – [ kuhl-cher ] noun: A learned set of values, beliefs, customs, norms, and perceptions shared by a group of people that provide a general design for living and patterns for interpreting life.

Cultural Humility – [ kuhlcher ] [ hyoo-mil-i-tee ] noun: An approach to engagement across differences that acknowledges systems of oppression and embodies the following key practices: 1. a lifelong commitment to self-evaluation and self-critique, 2. a desire to fix power imbalances where none ought to exist, and 3. aspiring to develop partnerships with people and groups who advocate for others on a systemic level. 

Demigirl – [dem-ee-gurl] noun: a gender where a person partially identifies as a woman or with feminine characteristics.

Demiboy/demiguy – [dem-ee-boi] [dem-ee-gahy] noun: a gender where a person partially identifies as a man or with masculine characteristics.

Demiromantic – [ dem-ee-roh-man-tik ] adj.: little or no capacity to experience romantic attraction until a strong sexual connection is formed with someone, often within a sexual relationship.

Demisexual – [dem-ee-sek-shoo-al] adj.: little or no capacity to experience sexual attraction until a strong romantic connection is formed with someone, often within a romantic relationship.

Disability/(Dis)ability/Dis/ability:  [ dis-uhbil-i-tee ]noun: A social construct that identifies any restriction or lack of ability to perform an activity in the manner or within the range considered “typical” for a human being given environments that are constructed for and by the dominant or “typical” person.

Discrimination – [ dih-skrim-uh-ney-shuhn ] noun: Inequitable actions carried out by members of a dominant group or its representatives against members of a marginalized or minoritized group.

Down low – [ doun-loh ] adj.: typically referring to men who identify as straight but who secretly have sex with men. Down low (or DL) originated in, and is most commonly used by, communities of color.

Drag king – [ drag-king ] noun: someone who performs (hyper-) masculinity theatrically.

Drag queen – [ drag-kween ] noun: someone who performs (hyper-) femininity theatrically.

DSG – abv.: is Diverse Sexualities and Genders

Dyke – [ dahyk ] noun: referring to a masculine-presenting lesbian. While often used derogatorily, it is also reclaimed affirmatively by some lesbians and gay women as a positive self-identity term.

Emotional attraction – [ ih-moh-shuh-nl ] [ uhtrak-shuhn ] noun: a capacity that evokes the want to engage in emotionally intimate behavior (e.g., sharing, confiding, trusting, inter-depending), experienced in varying degrees (from little-to-none to intense). Often conflated with sexual attraction, romantic attraction, and/or spiritual attraction.

Enby – [en-bee] adj.: an enby is a nonbinary person. It’s a phonetic pronunciation of NB, short for nonbinary, or people who do not identify their gender as male or female.

Ethnicity – [ eth-nis-i-tee ] noun: A social construct that divides people into smaller social groups based on characteristics such as shared sense of group membership, values, behavioral patterns, language, political and economic interests, history and ancestral geographical base.

Fag/Faggot – [ fag ] [ faguht ] noun: a derogatory term referring to a gay person, or someone perceived as queer. While often used derogatorily, it is also used reclaimed by some gay people (often gay men) as a positive in-group term.

Femboy – [ fem-boi ] adj.: a slang term for a young, usually cisgender male who displays traditionally feminine characteristics. While the term can be used as an insult, some in the LGBTQ community use the term positively to name forms of gender expression.

Feminine-of-center; masculine-of-centeradj.: a phrase that indicates a range in terms of gender identity and expression for people who present, understand themselves, and/or relate to others in a generally more feminine/masculine way, but doesn’t necessarily identify as women or men. Feminine-of-center individuals may also identify as “femme,” “submissive,” “transfeminine,” etc.; masculine-of-center individuals may also often identify as “butch,” “stud,” “aggressive,” “boi,” “transmasculine,” etc.

Feminine-presenting; masculine-presentingadj.: a way to describe someone who expresses gender in a more feminine/masculine way. Often confused with feminine-of-center/masculine-of-center, which generally include a focus on identity as well as expression. –

Femme – [ fem ] noun & adj.: someone who identifies themselves as feminine, whether it be physically, mentally or emotionally. Often used to refer to a feminine-presenting queer woman or people.

Fetish – [ fet-ish ] noun & adj.: In common use, the word fetish is used to refer to any sexually arousing stimuli typically not mainstream viewed outside the common norm. This broader usage of fetish covers parts or features of the body (including obesity and body modifications), objects, situations (role play), and activities (such as smoking or BDSM). For more terms with definitions related to Fetish check out this Wikipedia page. Glossary of BDSM

Fluid/fluidity – [ floo-id ] [ floo-id-i-tee ] adj.: generally with another term attached, like gender-fluid or fluid-sexuality, fluid/fluidity describes an identity that may change or shift over time between or within the mix of the options available (e.g., man and woman, bi and straight).

Folx – [fohks] noun: A variation on the word folksfolx is meant to be a gender-neutral way to refer to members of or signal identity in the LGBTQ community. Because “Folks” is gendered? This one id don’t understand, but it is lut there so presenting here.

FtM / F2M; MtF / M2Fabbr.: female-to-male transgender or transsexual person; male-to-female transgender or transsexual person.

Gay – [ gey ] 1 adj.: experiencing attraction solely (or primarily) to some members of the same gender. Can be used to refer to men who are attracted to other men and women who are attracted to women. 2 adj. : an umbrella term used to refer to the queer community as a whole, or as an individual identity label for anyone who is not straight (see LGBTQ and queer)

Gender – jen-der ] noun: A social construct used to classify a person as a man, woman, or some other identity. Fundamentally different from the sex one is assigned at birth.

Gender binary – [ jen-der bahy-nuh-ree ] noun: the idea that there are only two genders and that every person is one of those two.

Gender expansive – [ jen-der ik-span-siv ] noun: An umbrella term used for individuals who broaden their own culture’s commonly held definitions of gender, including expectations for its expression, identities, roles, and/or other perceived gender norms. Gender expansive individuals include those who identify as transgender, as well as anyone else whose gender in some way is seen to be broadening the surrounding society’s notion of gender.

Gender expression – [ jen-der ik-spreshuhn ] noun: the external display of one’s gender, through a combination of clothing, grooming, demeanor, social behavior, and other factors, generally made sense of on scales of masculinity and femininity. Also referred to as “gender presentation.”

Gender fluid – [ jen-der floo-id ] adj.: a gender identity best described as a dynamic mix of boy and girl. A person who is gender fluid may always feel like a mix of the two traditional genders but may feel more man some days, and more woman other days.

Genderflux – [jen-der-fluhks] adj.: A person who is genderflux experiences a range of intensity within a gender identity.  For example, a person who is boyflux may identify as fully masculine to partially masculine (demiboy) and slightly masculine (libramasculine) to fully agender. 

Genderflux is also used by some as a synonym for gender-fluid more generally

Genderfuck – [jen-der-fuhk] adj.: seeks to subvert traditional gender binary by mixing or bending one’s gender expression, identity, or presentation (e.g., a transgender woman wearing a dress and having a beard may considered genderfuck or engaging in genderfucking).

Gender identity – [ jen-der ahy-den-ti-tee ] noun: the internal perception of one’s gender, and how they label themselves, based on how much they align or don’t align with what they understand their options for gender to be. Often conflated with biological sex, or sex assigned at birth.

Gender-neutral pronouns – are pronouns which don’t carry any kind of association with a particular gender, such as they, sie, or ze. In English, the term gender-neutral pronouns usually refers to third-person pronouns (generally alternatives to he and she), since there are no gendered first- or second-person pronouns (I and you are ungendered).

Gender neutrois – [ jen-der noo-troiz] adj.: see agender

Gender non-conforming1 adj.: a gender expression descriptor that indicates a non-traditional gender presentation (masculine woman or feminine man). 2 adj.: a gender identity label that indicates a person who identifies outside of the gender binary. Often abbreviated as “GNC” not to be confused with the nutritional supplement chain store in the USA.

Gender normative / gender straightadj.: someone whose gender presentation, whether by nature or by choice, aligns with society’s gender-based expectations.

Gender outlaw –jen-der-out-law ] nounA person who refuses to be defined by conventional definitions of male and female.

Gender variant – [ jen-der-vair-ee-uhnt ] adj.: someone who either by nature or by choice does not conform to gender-based expectations of society (e.g. transgender, transsexual, intersex, genderqueer, cross-dresser, etc).

Gendervoid of voidgender [jen-der-void] or [void-jen-der] adj.: a gender expression or identity defined by the lack of an experience of any gender.

Genderism/Cissexism – [ jen-der-iz-uhm ] noun: Is the belief that there are, and should be, only two genders & that one’s gender or most aspects of it, are inevitably tied to assigned sex. In a genderist/cissexist construct, cisgender people are the dominant/agent group and trans/ gender non-conforming people are the oppressed/target group.

Genderqueer – [ jen-der-kweer ] 1 adj.: a gender identity label often used by people who do not identify with the binary of man/woman. 2 adj.: an umbrella term for many gender non-conforming or non-binary identities (e.g., agender, bigender, genderfluid).

Grey-a – [grey-ey] adj.: As with many things in life, sexuality isn’t black and white. Grey-a, or grey-asexuality, refers to sexual identities along a spectrum of asexuality and sexuality. Those who identify as grey-a experience sexual attraction or desire sex only rarely or under certain conditions. People of a variety of gender identities can be grey-a.

GSM – abv: GSM is Gender and Sexual Minorities

Gynesexual/gynephilic – [ guy-nuh-seks-shu-uhl ] adj.: being primarily sexually, romantically and/or emotionally attracted to woman, females, and/or femininity.

Hermaphrodite – [ hur-maf-ruh-dahyt ] noun: an outdated medical term previously used to refer to someone who was born with some combination of typically-male and typically-female sex characteristics. It’s considered stigmatizing and inaccurate. See intersex.

Heteronormativity – [ het-er-uhnawr-muh-tiv ] noun: the assumption, in individuals and/or in institutions, that everyone is heterosexual and that heterosexuality is superior to all other sexualities. Leads to invisibility and stigmatizing of other sexualities: when learning a woman is married, asking her what her husband’s name is. Heteronormativity also leads us to assume that only masculine men and feminine women are straight.

Heterosexism – [ het-er-uhsek-siz-uhm ] noun: behavior that grants preferential treatment to heterosexual people, reinforces the idea that heterosexuality is somehow better or more “right” than queerness, and/or makes other sexualities invisible.

Heterosexual / straight – [ het-er-uhsek-shoo-uhl ] adj.: experiencing attraction solely (or primarily) to some members of a different gender.

Homophobia – [ hoh-muhfoh-bee-uh ] noun: an umbrella term for a range of negative attitudes (e.g., fear, anger, intolerance, resentment, erasure, or discomfort) that one may have toward LGBTQ people. The term can also connote a fear, disgust, or dislike of being perceived as LGBTQ. homophobic – adj. : a word used to describe actions, behaviors, or individuals who demonstrate elements of this range of negative attitudes toward LGBTQ people.

Homosexual/Homosexuality – [ hoh-muhsek-shoo-uhl ] [ hoh-muh-sek-shoo-al-i-tee] adj. & noun: a person primarily emotionally, physically, and/or sexually attracted to members of the same sex/gender. This [medical] term is considered stigmatizing (particularly as a noun) due to its history as a category of mental illness and is discouraged for common use (use gay or lesbian instead).

Internalized oppression – [ in-tur-nl-ahyz-d uhpreshuhn ] noun: The fear and self-hate of one or more of a person’s own identities that occurs for many individuals who have learned negative ideas about their identities throughout childhood. One form of internalized oppression is the acceptance of the myths and stereotypes applied to the oppressed group. 

Intersectionality – [ in-ter-sek-shuhnal-i-tee ] noun: A term coined by law professor Kimberlé Crenshaw in the 1980s to describe the way that multiple systems of oppression interact in the lives of those with multiple marginalized identities.  Intersectionality looks at the relationships between multiple marginalized identities and allows us to analyze social problems more fully, shape more effective interventions, and promote more inclusive advocacy amongst communities.

Intersex – [ in-ter-seks ] adj.: term for a combination of chromosomes, gonads, hormones, internal sex organs, and genitals that differs from the two expected patterns of male or female. Formerly known as hermaphrodite (or hermaphroditic), but these terms are now outdated and derogatory.

Juxera – [juhks-eeruh] ajj.: a gender identity created on the app Tumblr. It can be described as being feminine but not a female, like a girl but not a girl.

Kink(Kinky, Kinkiness) adj.: consensual, non-traditional sexual, sensual, and intimate behaviors such as sadomasochism, domination and submission, erotic roleplaying, fetishism, and erotic forms of discipline.

Latinx – [ La-TEEN-ex ] noun: is a non-gender specific way of referring to people of Latin American descent. The term Latinx, unlike terms such as Latino/a and Latin@, does not assume a gender binary and includes nonbinary folks.

Lavender ceilings – [ lavuhn-der see-ling ] noun: a glass ceiling specifically imposed on LGBTQ people: an unofficial upper limit to their professional advancement and are the result of systemic bias and discrimination against LGBTQ people in the workplace and in society more broadly.

Leather community: A community that encompasses those who enjoy sexual activities involving leather, including leather uniforms or cowboy outfits, and is related to similar fetish-based communities such as sadomasochism, bondage and domination, and rubber. Although the leather community is often associated with the queer community, it can and does include heterosexuals.

Lesbian – [ lez-bee-uhn ] noun & adj.: women who are primarily attracted romantically, erotically, and/or emotionally to other women.

Lesbian-baiting – [lez-bee-uh n beyt-ing] adj.:is the sexist and homophobic practice of labeling women (especially feminists and women whose behavior doesn’t reinforce traditional gender stereotypes) as lesbian in an effort to slur or diminish them.

LGBTQabbr.: shorthand or umbrella t erms for all folks who have a non-normative (or queer) gender or sexuality, there are many different initialisms people prefer. LGBTQ is Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer and/or Questioning (sometimes people at a + at the end in an effort to be more inclusive); see What Does LGBTQ Mean for a robust list of its many variations.

Lipstick lesbiannoun: Usually refers to a lesbian with feminine gender expression. Can be used in a positive or a derogatory way. Is sometimes also used to refer to a lesbian who is assumed to be (or passes for) straight.

Metrosexual adj.: a man with a strong aesthetic sense who spends more time, energy, or money on his appearance and grooming than is considered gender normative.

Masculine of Center (MOC) – A term coined by B. Cole of the Brown Boi Project to describe folks, including lesbian/queer womyn and trans folks, who lean towards the masculine side of the gender spectrum. These can include a wide range of identities such as butch, stud, aggressive/AG, dom, macha, tomboi, trans-masculine, etc.

#MeToo – noun: a social movement originating among women, advocating for survivors of sexual harassment or violence to speak out about their experiences in order to expose and combat various forms of sexual misconduct. In most cases it ignores boys and men who have faced the same situations.

Microaggressions – Brief and subtle behaviors, whether intentional or not, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages of commonly oppressed identities. These actions cause harm through the invalidation of the target person’s identity and may reinforce stereotypes. Examples of microaggressions include a person who is not white being told they speak “good English” or someone saying something is “gay” to mean they think something is bad.

Misgendering – Attributing a gender to someone that is incorrect/does not align with their gender identity.  Can occur when using pronouns, gendered language (i.e. “Hello ladies!” “Hey guys”), or assigning genders to people without knowing how they identify (i.e. “Well, since we’re all women in this room, we understand…”).

MLM – an abbreviation for men who love men, which includes gay men as well as men who are attracted to men and people of other genders.

Monogamy – Having only one intimate partner at any one time; also known as serial monogamy, since “true” monogamy refers to the practice of having only one partner for life (such as in some animal species).

Monosexism – The belief in and systematic privileging of monosexuality as superior, and the systematic oppression of non-monosexuality.

Monosexual: People who have romantic, sexual, or affectional desire for one gender only. Heterosexuality and homosexuality are the most well-known forms of monosexuality.

MSM – an abbreviation for men who have sex with men; they may or may not identify as gay.

MSM / WSWabbr.: men who have sex with men or women who have sex with women, to distinguish sexual behaviors from sexual identities: because a man is straight, it doesn’t mean he’s not having sex with men. Often used in the field of HIV/Aids education, prevention, and treatment.

Multisexual – An umbrella term to describe attraction to more than one gender. It can include sexual attractions like bisexual, polysexual, omnisexual, and others. The aforementioned terms are used by some interchangeably and for others the subtle differences among them are important.

Mx. – / “mix” or “schwa” / – noun: an honorific (e.g. Mr., Ms., Mrs., etc.) that is gender-neutral. It is often the option of choice for folks who do not identify within the gender binary: Mx. Smith is a great teacher.

Neurodiversity – Neurodiversity refers to the natural and important variations in how human minds think. These differences can include autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyspraxia, dyslexia, dyscalculia, Tourette Syndrome, and others. Like other variable human traits like race, gender, sexuality, or culture, there is no right or wrong form of diversity. The social dynamics that exert power over other forms of diversity also impact neurodivergent people. Neurodiversity is not something to be cured or corrected to fit some social norm – rather, we should celebrate different forms of communication and self-expression and promote support systems to allow neurodivergent people to thrive. (Neurocosmopolitanism, The National Symposium on Neurodiversity)

Neurodivergent –  “Neurodivergent, sometimes abbreviated as ND, means having a brain that functions in ways that diverge significantly from the dominant societal standards of “normal.” A person whose neurocognitive functioning diverges from dominant societal norms in multiple ways – for instance, a person who is Autistic, has dyslexia, and has epilepsy – can be described as multiply neurodivergent. The terms neurodivergent and neurodivergence were coined by Kassiane Asasumasu, a multiply neurodivergent neurodiversity activist.” (Neurocosmopolitanism)

Neurotypical – “Neurotypical, often abbreviated as NT, means having a style of neurocognitive functioning that falls within the dominant societal standards of “normal.” Neurotypical can be used as either an adjective (“He’s neurotypical”) or a noun (“He’s a neurotypical”).” (Neurocosmopolitanism)

Neutrois – A non-binary gender identity that falls under the genderqueer or transgender umbrellas. There is no one definition of Neutrois, since each person that self-identifies as such experiences their gender differently. The most common ones are: Neutral-gender, Null-gender, Neither male nor female, Genderless and/or Agender. (Neutrois.com)

Non binary/Nonbinary/Non-binary – A gender identity and experience that embraces a full universe of expressions and ways of being that resonate for an individual, moving beyond the male/female gender binary. It may be an active resistance to binary gender expectations and/or an intentional creation of new unbounded ideas of self within the world. For some people who identify as non binary there may be overlap with other concepts and identities like gender expansive and gender non-conforming.

Novosexual – [ noh-voh-sek-shoo-uhl ] adj.: When a person is novosexual, their sexual orientation changes as they experience a change in their gender identity. Both their sexual orientation and gender identity are fluid together. For example, a novosexual person may identify as a gay when they are a man but pansexual when they are nonbinary.

Outing verb: involuntary or unwanted disclosure of another person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or intersex status.

Omnigender – Possessing all genders. The term is used specifically to refute the concept of only two genders.

Omnisexual – [ om-nuhsek-shoo-uhl ] noun: refers to someone who is romantically, emotionally, or sexually attracted to persons of all genders and orientations. The term is often used interchangeably with pansexual.

Oppression – exists when one social group, whether knowingly or unconsciously, exploits another social group for its own benefit.

  • Individual Level – a person’s beliefs or behaviors that consciously or subconsciously work to perpetuate actions and attitudes of oppression (See internalized oppression)
  • Institutional Level – Institutions such as family, government, industry, education, and religion have policies and procedures that can promote systems of oppression.
  • Societal/Cultural Level – community norms that perpetuate implicit and explicit values that bind institutions and individuals; social norms on what is valued, accepted, or desirable give the individual and institutional levels the justification for systemic oppression.

Orientation – [ ohr-ee-uhn-tey-shuhn ] noun: Orientation is one’s attraction or non-attraction to other people.  An individual’s orientation can be fluid and people use a variety of labels to describe their orientation.  Some, but not all, types of attraction or orientation include: romantic, sexual, sensual, aesthetic, intellectual and platonic.

Pangender – [ pan-jen-der ] adj.: refers to a person whose gender identity that is not limited to one gender and may encompass all genders at once.

Pansexual – [pan-sek-shoo-uh l] adj.: a person who experiences sexual, romantic, physical, and/or spiritual attraction for members of all gender identities/expressions. Often shortened to “pan.”

Pansexual, Omnisexual: Terms used to describe people who have romantic, sexual or affectional desire for people of all genders and sexes. Has some overlap with bisexuality and polysexuality (not to be confused with polyamory).

Phobia – In mental and emotional wellness, a phobia is a marked and persistent fear that is excessive in proportion to the actual threat or danger the situation presents.  Historically, this term has been used inaccurately to refer to systems of oppression (i.e. homophobia has been used to refer to heterosexism.) As a staff, we’ve been intentionally moving away from using words like “transphobic,” “homophobic,” and “biphobic” because they inaccurately describe systems of oppression as irrational fears, and, for some people, phobias are a very distressing part of their lived experience and co-opting this language is disrespectful to their experiences and perpetuates ableism.  

Passing – [ pas-ing, pah-sing ] 1 adj. & verb: trans* people being accepted as, or able to “pass for,” a member of their self-identified gender identity (regardless of sex assigned at birth) without being identified as trans*.  2 adj.: an LGB/queer individual who is believed to be or perceived as straight.

PGPs abbr.: preferred gender pronouns. Often used during introductions, becoming more common as a standard practice. Many suggest removing the “preferred,” because it indicates flexibility and/or the power for the speaker to decide which pronouns to use for someone else.

Pink Tax – [ pingk taks ] noun: Often, products marketed to women cost more than the same ones for men. This gender-based price discrepancy is known as the pink tax.

Pinkwashing or Pink Washing – [ pingk-wosh-ing, pingk-waw-shing ] noun: See article: is a term used by feminist theorists to describe the action of using queer rights to distract from violence or oppression by a country, government, or organization. In the context of LGBT rights, it is used to describe a variety of marketing and political strategies aimed at promoting products, countries, people, or entities through an appeal to gay-friendliness, in order to be perceived as progressive, modern and tolerant normally without substance.

Polyamory / Polyamorous – [ pol-ee-am-er-ee ] [ pol-ee-am-er-uhs ] noun: refers to the practice of, desire for, or orientation toward having ethical, honest, and consensual non-monogamous relationships (i.e. relationships that may include multiple partners). Often shortened to “poly.”

Polycule[pol-ee-kyool] noun.: in the polyamory and BDSM communities, is a word that refers to all the people in a network of non-monogamous relationships (not being committed to one person at a time). Polycule can also refer to diagrams of these relationship networks.

Polysexual – [ pol-ee-sek-shoo-uh l] adj.: People who have a romantic, sexual, or affectional desire for more than one gender. Not to be confused with polyamory (above). Has some overlap with bisexuality and pansexuality.

Positionality – [puh-zish-uhnal-i-tee] noun: is the social and political context that creates your identity in terms of race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability status. Positionality also describes how your identity influences, and potentially biases, your understanding of and outlook on the world.

Privilege – [ privuh-lij, priv-lij ] noun: a set of unearned benefits given to people who fit into a specific social group.  The concept has roots in WEB DuBois’ work on “psychological wage” and white people’s feelings of superiority over Black people.  Peggy McIntosh wrote about privilege as a white woman and developed an inventory of unearned privileges that she experienced in daily life because of her whiteness.

Pronouns – proh-noun ] noun in grammar: Linguistic tools used to refer to someone in the third person.  Examples are they/them/theirs, ze/hir/hirs, she/her/hers, he/him/his.  In English and some other languages, pronouns have been tied to gender and are a common site of misgendering (attributing a gender to someone that is incorrect.)

Proxvir – [proks-veer] adj.: is a gender created on Tumblr. It’s similar to boy and isn’t connected to the binary, standing by itself. It can be encapsulated in the phrases “boyish, but not boy” and “masculine, but not male.”

Quoisexual – [kwa-sek-shoo-uh l] adj.: a sexual orientation on the asexuality spectrum. It can refer to a person who doesn’t relate to or understand experiences or concepts of sexual attraction and orientation. It can also refer to someone who feels confused about their own feelings of sexual attraction and orientation.

Queer 1 adj.: an umbrella term to describe individuals who don’t identify as straight and/or cisgender. 2 noun: a slur used to refer to someone who isn’t straight and/or cisgender. Due to its historical use as a derogatory term, and how it is still used as a slur many communities, it is not embraced or used by all LGBTQ people. The term “queer” can often be used interchangeably with LGBTQ (e.g., “queer people” instead of “LGBTQ people”).

Questioningverb, adj.: an individual who or time when someone is unsure about or exploring their own sexual orientation or gender identity.Quoisexual is a sexual orientation on the asexuality spectrum. It can refer to a person who doesn’t relate to or understand experiences or concepts of sexual attraction and orientation. It can also refer to someone who feels confusion about their own feelings of sexual attraction and orientation.

QPOC / QTPOC – abbr.: initialisms that stand for queer people of color and queer and/or trans people of color.

Race – A social construct that divides people into distinct groups based on characteristics such as physical appearance, ancestral heritage, cultural affiliation, cultural history, ethnic classification, based on the social, economic, and political context of a society at a given period of time. (Racial Equity Resource Guide)

Racism – The systematic subordination of people from marginalized racial groups based on their physical appearance, ethnic or ancestral history, or cultural affiliation. Racism is considered a deeply pervasive, systemic issue perpetuated by members of the privileged racial group holding dominant social power over others. Discrimination, prejudice, or xenophobia may be more accurate terms for describing individual acts of oppression. While these individual acts likely stem from systemic racism, at the individual level the power dynamics that enable racism are not at play in the same way.

Religion – A personal or institutionalized system of beliefs and practices concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, often grounded in belief in and reverence for some supernatural power or powers; often involves devotional and ritual observances and contains a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.

Romantic attractionnoun: a capacity that evokes the want to engage in romantic intimate behavior (e.g., dating, relationships, marriage), experienced in varying degrees (from little-to-none, to intense). Often conflated with sexual attraction, emotional attraction, and/or spiritual attraction.

Romantic Orientation – Romantic Orientation is attraction or non-attraction to other people characterized by the expression or non-expression of love.  Romantic orientation can be fluid and people use a variety of labels to describe their romantic orientation. See also Orientation.

Same-gender loving (SGL) – [seym jen-der luhv-ing] or [es-jee-el] adj.: sometimes used by some members of the African-American or Black community to express a non-straight sexual orientation without relying on terms and symbols of European descent.

Sex – a medically constructed categorization. Sex is often assigned based on the appearance of the genitalia, either in ultrasound or at birth.

Sexism – The cultural, institutional, and individual set of beliefs and practices that privilege men, subordinate women, and devalue ways of being that are associated with women.

Sex assigned at birth (SAAB)abbr.: a phrase used to intentionally recognize a person’s assigned sex (not gender identity). Sometimes called “designated sex at birth” (DSAB) or “sex coercively assigned at birth” (SCAB), or specifically used as “assigned male at birth” (AMAB) or “assigned female at birth” (AFAB): Jenny was assigned male at birth, but identifies as a woman.

Sexual attractionnoun: a capacity that evokes the want to engage in physically intimate behavior (e.g., kissing, touching, intercourse), experienced in varying degrees (from little-to-none to intense). Often conflated with romantic attraction, emotional attraction, and/or spiritual attraction.

Sexuality:  The components of a person that include their biological sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, sexual practices, etc.

Sexual orientation noun: the type of sexual, romantic, emotional/spiritual attraction one has the capacity to feel for some others, generally labeled based on the gender relationship between the person and the people they are attracted to. Often confused with sexual preference.

Sexual preferencenoun: the types of sexual intercourse, stimulation, and gratification one likes to receive and participate in. Generally, when this term is used, it is being mistakenly interchanged with “sexual orientation,” creating an illusion that one has a choice (or “preference”) in who they are attracted to.

Sex reassignment surgery (SRS)noun: used by some medical professionals to refer to a group of surgical options that alter a person’s biological sex. “Gender confirmation surgery” is considered by many to be a more affirming term. In most cases, one or multiple surgeries are required to achieve legal recognition of gender variance. Some refer to different surgical procedures as “top” surgery and “bottom” surgery to discuss what type of surgery they are having without having to be more explicit.

Sizeism – The pervasive system of discrimination and exclusion that oppresses people who have bodies that society has labeled as “overweight,” as well as people of short stature. Hxstorically speaking, fat people’s bodies have been labeled as unhealthy, undesirable, and lazy; this fails to complicate narratives around health and healthy living. This form of oppression has been referred to as fatphobia. 

Skoliosexual – [skoh-lee-oh-sex-shoo-uh l] adj.: being primarily sexually, romantically and/or emotionally attracted to some genderqueer, transgender, transsexual, and/or non-binary people.

Social Identities – Social identity groups are based on the physical, social, and mental characteristics of individuals. They are sometimes obvious and clear, sometimes not obvious and unclear, often self-claimed and frequently ascribed by others.

Socialization – The process by which societal norms influence a number of aspects that frame how members of a community live – including how they might think, behave, and hold certain values. Socialization can reinforce assumptions or expectations that give power to systems of oppression.

Social Justice – A goal and a process in which the distribution of resources is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure.  Begins with an acknowledgement that oppression and inequity exist and must be actively dismantled on all levels. (Adams, Bell, & Griffin.)

Socioeconomic Class – Social group membership based on a combination of factors including income, education level, occupation, and social status in the community, such as contacts within the community, group associations, and the community’s perception of the family or individual.

SOGIE – An acronym that stands for Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression. Is used by some in a similar way to the umbrella acronym: LGBTQIA.

Spectrum –  a range or sliding scale. Aspects of one’s identity like sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression exist on a spectrum. For example, with sexual orientation, the attraction to men, women, or someone of another gender all exist on separate spectrums. Someone might feel a little attracted to men, very much attracted to women, and moderate attraction to people outside this binary. Please also see the Gender Unicorn to learn more about these aspects of identity.

Spiritual attractionnoun: a capacity that evokes the want to engage in intimate behavior based on one’s experience with, interpretation of, or belief in the supernatural (e.g., religious teachings, messages from a deity), experienced in varying degrees (from little-to-none, to intense). Often conflated with sexual attraction, romantic attraction, and/or emotional attraction.

Spirituality – Having to do with deep feelings and convictions, including a person’s sense of peace, purpose, connection to others, and understanding of the meaning and value of life; may or may not be associated with a particular set of beliefs or practices.

Stealth adj.: a trans person who is not “out” as trans, and is perceived/known by others as cisgender.

Stereotype – A generalization applied to every person in a cultural group; a fixed conception of a group without allowing for individuality. When we believe our stereotypes, we tend to ignore characteristics that don’t conform to our stereotype, rationalize what we see to fit our stereotype, see those who do not conform as “exceptions,” and find ways to create the expected characteristics.

Straight adj.: a person primarily emotionally, physically, and/or sexually attracted to some people who are not their same-sex/gender. A more colloquial term for the word heterosexual.

Stud – noun: most commonly used to indicate a Black/African-American and/or Latina, masculine, lesbian/queer woman. Also known as ‘butch’ or ‘aggressive’

T-girl – [ tee-gurl ] adj.: a term for a transgender girl or woman. While some in the LGBTQ community embrace the term, others find it offensive.

TERF – abbr.: Transgener Exclusionary Radical Feminist/Feminism, so people fighting for women’s rights while deliberately excluding persons of trans experience.

TGNCabbr.: TGNC is Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (sometimes you’ll see “NB” added for non-binary)

Third gendernoun: for a person who does not identify with either man or woman, but identifies with another gender. This gender category is used by societies that recognize three or more genders, both contemporary and historic, and is also a conceptual term meaning different things to different people who use it, as a way to move beyond the gender binary.

Top surgerynoun: this term refers to surgery for the construction of a male-type chest or breast augmentation for a female-type chest.

Transadj.: an umbrella term covering a range of identities that transgress socially-defined gender norms. Trans with an asterisk is often used in written forms (not spoken) to indicate that you are referring to the larger group nature of the term, and specifically including non-binary identities, as well as transgender men (transmen) and transgender women (transwomen).

Trans man – A person may choose to identify this way to capture their gender identity as well as their lived experience as a transgender person.  

Trans woman – A person may choose to identify this way to capture their gender identity as well as their lived experience as a transgender person.  

Transman/transwomannoun: a man/woman who was not assigned that gender via sex at birth, and transitioned (socially, medically, and/or legally) from that assignment to their gender identity, signified by the second part of the term (i.e., -man, -woman). Also referred to as men and women (though some/many trans people prefer to keep the prefix “trans-” in their identity label).

Transgender 1 adj.: a gender description for someone who has transitioned (or is transitioning) from living as one gender to another. 2 adj.: an umbrella term for anyone whose sex assigned at birth and gender identity do not correspond in an expected way (e.g., someone who was assigned male at birth, but does not identify as a man).

Transition/transitioning noun; verb: referring to the process of a transgender person changing aspects of themselves (e.g., their appearance, name, pronouns, or making physical changes to their body) to be more congruent with the gender they know themselves to be (as opposed to the gender they lived as pre-transitioning).

Transphobianoun: the fear of, discrimination against, or hatred of trans* people, the trans* community, or gender ambiguity. Transphobia can be seen within the queer community, as well as in general society. Transphobic – adj. : a word used to describe an individual who harbors some elements of this range of negative attitudes, thoughts, intents, towards trans* people.

Transsexualnoun & adj.; a person who identifies psychologically as a gender/sex other than the one to which they were assigned at birth. Transsexuals often wish to transform their bodies hormonally and surgically to match their inner sense of gender/sex.

Transvestitenoun: a person who dresses as the binary opposite gender expression (“cross-dresses”) for many reasons, including relaxation, fun, and sexual gratification (often called a “cross-dresser,” and should not be confused with transsexual).

Twink – adj.: is gay slang for a young man in his late teens to early twenties whose traits may include: general physical attractiveness; little to no body or facial hair; a slim to average build; and a youthful appearance

Two-spiritnoun: is an umbrella term traditionally within Native American communities to recognize individuals who possess qualities or fulfill roles of both feminine and masculine genders.

Undocumented – People are who are born outside of the country to which they immigrated, who do not have documentation that grants legal rights related to residency and/or citizenship.

Ursula: Some lesbians, particularly butch dykes, also participate in Bear culture referring to themselves with the distinct label Ursula.

White feminism – [wahyt fem-uh-niz-uh m] adj.: the label given to feminist efforts and actions that uplift white women but that exclude or otherwise fail to address issues faced by minority groups, especially women of color and LGBTQ women.

Womxn – some womxn spell the word with an “x” as a form of empowerment to move away from the “men” in the “traditional” spelling of women.

Womyn – [wim-in] an alternative way of spelling women, used by some feminists to avoid the perceived sexism in the suffix “-men”.

Ze – / zir/ “zee”, “zerr” or “zeer”/ – alternate pronouns that are gender neutral and preferred by some trans* people. They replace “he” and “she” and “his” and “hers” respectively. Alternatively some people who are not comfortable/do not embrace he/she use the plural pronoun “they/their” as a gender neutral singular pronoun.

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Romy Newman: Social Entrepreneur – Empowering Careers of Women

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Romy Newman a social entrepreneur with a focus on advancing workplace gender equality, career opportunities for women, and corporate transparency.   

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Romy brings a long and rich career background in marketing and business development to Fairygodboss.  Co-founded with Georgene Huang, Fairygodboss is a community network centered on career women, employer branding, and job marketplace aiding employers to reach the female demographic supporting their workplace equality strategy.  Women may anonymously rate recent past and current employers.  This provides insights for the employer on how they are doing while providing the female job seeker employer information not found anywhere else so she may make an informed decision if the employer has the benefits and policies that will allow her to thrive as a valued employee team member.    In our casual conversation Romy shares how the idea for Fairgodboss was sparked and how she and co-founder Georgene leverage each of their skills that have resulted as of Feb 2021 to a community of over 2 million members supported by 50 staff at Fairygodboss.   

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Guide to 72 LGBTQ+ Pride Flags

Guide to 72 LGBTQ+ Pride Flags

I will start by saying if you want a flag that represents you, great. Make it, fly it, and wear it proudly. In the below, I am providing both information and the occasional sarcastic comments as I personally find it a tad bit odd that there are so many “Pride Flags”. So in response, I had to add to the lot and therefore I created the Intersectional Pride Flag in July 2020. It truly is an aim to be inclusive. However, based on this list you can rest assured there will be many more to come with various levels of popularism. There are many fetish flags I didn’t include drawing the line somewhere at an already huge list. It also made me wonder why no one has yet created a flag for others. My curiosity and admittedly slightly sarcastic nature had to get this accomplished to reduce the rabbit hole effect. I hope you find this useful, informative, and via the comments provide your thoughts, design ideas, and comments.

This list is broken into pages in an attempt to make it digestible and allow comments on pages of topically similar designs.

1. Gilbert Baker Pride Flag – The Original

In 1977, gay politician Harvey Milks tasked veteran Gilbert Baker to come up with a Pride flag. Milk said he felt that queer people “needed something that was positive, that celebrated our love.” Inspired by Judy Garland’s “Over the Rainbow,” each color has symbolism: Hot pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for magic/art, indigo for serenity, and violet for spirit. Gilbert Baker (June 2, 1951 – March 31, 2017) was an American artist, gay rights activist, and designer of the rainbow flag (1978), a worldwide symbol of LGBTQ pride. His flag became widely associated with LGBT rights causes, a symbol of gay pride that has become ubiquitous in the decades since its debut. California state senator Scott Wiener said Baker “helped define the modern LGBT movement

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2. LGBTQ Pride Flag – 1978-1999

Harvey Milk was assassinated in 1978, and demand for the flag increased as people wanted to show their support. Apparently, Baker had trouble getting the pink color, so the flag began selling with seven colors instead. He also replaced the teal with the second shade of purple on the lavender side.

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3. LGBTQ+ Pride Flag – Today’s Common

This is probably the flag you’ll see most often: Six colors, apparently easier to produce than the odd-numbered seven. The rainbow flag can operate as a general flag for the LGBTQ+ community, but according to some, it’s not necessarily all-inclusive as also apparent with this huge list of pride flags of all sorts. Many of the following flags (intersex, asexual, non-binary, etc.) embody different identities that exist within Q (queer) and/or outside this acronym while others represent fetishes.

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4. Philadelphia People of Color-Inclusive Flag

Philadelphia added brown and black at the top of their flag in 2017 to spotlight the importance of including queer people of color in the LGBTQ+ community. This caused some debate within LGBTQ+ circles. LGBTQ+ persons span all races. Are the plight and struggles different, sure yet even in the white/caucasian LGBTQ community, there are struggles. The original rainbow flag didn’t exclude persons of color. Aren’t all persons important? Adding race in an exclusionary manner puts one above the other. Where are the white and salmon flesh tone stripes if it aims to be inclusive? Is representation good? Sure. Is increased visibility good? Sure. I personally view all people as shades of brown, from a pale tan to a dark brown. Artistically, having the colors black and brown on top just visually doesn’t work. Putting race literally above all else in the LGBTQ community to me personally doesn’t work. I get the idea and appreciate the concept. But artistically the execution flounders. Again, this and the following drove me to toss my attempt into the ring.

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5. Progress Pride Flag

This flag takes inclusion even further, thanks to queer, nonbinary artist Daniel Quasar (xe/xem).

Graphic designer Daniel Quasar has added a five-colored chevron to the LGBT Rainbow Flag to place a greater emphasis on “inclusion and progression”.

Quasar‘s Progress Pride Flag adds five arrow-shaped lines to the six-coloured Rainbow Flag, which is widely recognised as the symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities.

The flag includes black and brown stripes to represent marginalized LGBT communities of color, along with the colors pink, light blue, and white, which are used on the Transgender Pride Flag.

Overall I get and appreciate this design over the Phillidelphia Color-Inclusive Flag. I appreciate having the Trans flag incorporated. But, alas exactly how did the common 6 colors of the rainbow exclude anyone? That it didn’t include Charchruce and Periwinkle that to you represents something. Ok. So, this includes the Trans community. Now, what about asexuals, intersex, pansexual, demisexuals, how are bisexuals, leather, twinks, bears, and all others represent?

By adding and thus complicating a simple already nonexclusionary symbol the attempts at being inclusive is actually exclusionary. Again. If you want a flag, great. Create it and fly it proudly. If that doesn’t represent me I am personally OK with that. But, if stating it is inclusive, be apparently fully inclusive. I like the name of this, Progress Flag. Its progress led to me creating the Intersectional Flag.

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6. Intersectional Pride Flag

Created by LGBTQ social entrepreneur, founder of OutBüro – the LGBTQ Professional and Entrepreneur Community, and artist Dennis Velco in July 2020 in an attempt to represent the full LGBQ spectrum in an inclusive manner building upon the tradition, progress, and color inclusive designs. At the foundation and widest encircling colors are those that represent persons of color. White on the top while black on the foundation bottom as in the light spectrum all colors in between. Artistically black is a weighted, heavy color and in a simple design makes sense to represent the grounding base. The circle is a universal symbol with extensive meaning. It represents the notions of totality, wholeness, original perfection, the self, the infinite, eternity, timelessness, all cyclic movement, and a higher power. In the Intersectional Pride Flag, transparent circles of color overlap the strips and other circles creating structure and numerous additional shades of color. At the center is a yellow circle often referenced in other Pride Flag as representing gender and non-gender. It sits over Pink and Blue interlocking circles that are encompassed and intertwined with magenta, a pinkish purple all together harkening to complexities and spectrums of gender identity and expressions with complementary color flanking on either side balancing the composition that is you.

Notice how then black and white circles break the border boundaries and overlap into the other color strips. Just as LGBTQ+ persons break boundaries and strive to reach and grow beyond imposed borders.

Due to the design as noted many ranges of colors are present. I specifically left out additional symbols other than the stripe and the circle. I left current and future specific iconography to others to serve unique subcultures and the fetish community.

Critics and comments welcomed. The design needs some fine touch adjustment as it was created in a PowerPoint-like software without fine graphic editing ability.

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7. Lesbian Labrys Flag

This flag isn’t widely used—and part of the reason may be that the flag was thoughtfully designed in 1999 by a gay man, Sean Campbell. The design involves a labrys, a type of double-headed axe, superimposed on the inverted black triangle, set against a violet background. Among its functions, the labrys was associated as a weapon used by the Amazons of mythology. In the 1970s it was adopted as a symbol of empowerment by the lesbian feminist community. Women considered asocial by the Third Reich because they did not conform to the Nazi ideal of a woman, which included homosexual females, were condemned to concentration camps and wore an inverted black triangle badge to identify them. Some lesbians reclaimed this symbol as gay men reclaimed the pink triangle (many lesbians also reclaimed the pink triangle although lesbians were not included in Paragraph 175 of the German criminal code). The color violet became associated with lesbians via the poetry of Sappho.

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8. Lipstick Lesbian Pride Flag

The Lipstick Lesbian Pride Flag represents lesbians with a ‘more feminine gender expression’.

The original version had a lipstick kiss symbol in the top right corner but the flag is also used without the kiss.

Some people have presented this flag as an alternative flag for the whole lesbian community. However, others have rejected this idea, arguing that the red and pink shades do not represent butch women.

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9. Femme Lesbian Flag

Interestingly, this flag has a controversial element—it used to be called the “lipstick lesbian” flag and had a pair of lips on the upper left corner. It was designed by Natalie McCray in 2010 to celebrate lesbian femmes but isn’t necessarily loved for its lack of inclusivity.

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10. Butch Lesbian Flag

The Butch Lesbian Flag is designed to represent lesbians with a more ‘masculine’ or ‘dominant’ personality, style, or identity.

It’s a redesign of the original rainbow flag and the pink lesbian flag which is associated with more ‘femme’ lipstick lesbians (see below). The colour scheme of blues, purple, grey and white was apparently just designed as a ‘butch makeover’ of the flag.

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11. Lesbian Pride Flag

The Lesbian Community Pride Flag, or just Lesbian Pride Flag, was inspired by the earlier Lipstick Lesbian Pride Flag (see below).

This design, introduced on social media in 2018, took the pink and red colors from the earlier flag and added a dark orange bar to indicate gender nonconformity. 

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12. Lesbian Twink Flag

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The Gay Men Pride Flags

Not to be left out of the pride flag creation, the following is a series of developments representing gay Men via pride flags. Interesting if you search Lesbian Flag, Transgender Flag and others, the search result will instantly show those unique flags. However, if you search Gay Flag most results will be the overall LGBTQ Pride flags. You have to be more specific and search, “gay man pride flag”. Personally, I have never seen any of these flags periods to my research for this article.

13. GAY Male Pride Flag 1

The flag consists of shades of blue and azure, symbolizes the attraction of men to each other and the diversity of the gay community itself. Blue and azure shades for the gay flag were chosen on the basis that these colors are used for the symbolic image of men and homosexual men in particular.

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14. GAY Male Pride Flag 2

As if many shades of blue weren’t clear enough, another version adds the double male symbol to drive the message home.

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15. GAY Male Pride Flag 3

After the introduction of the above, some took offense that only shades of blue where used citing the stereotypical color associated with males so another version was created adding shades of green to teals.

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16. GAY Male Pride Flag 4

Yet another simplied version reduced the number of stripes.

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17. Gay Twink Flag

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18. Bisexual Flag

In 1998, Michael Page wanted to spotlight bisexual people within the LGBTQ+ community. Overlapping over the stereotypical colors for boys (blue) and girls (pink) is lavender—attraction to both sexes. Bisexuality doesn’t necessarily JUST mean an attraction to two sexes, and there are other flags to represent attraction to more than one gender (as you’ll see).

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19. Transgender Pride Flag

Those who are transitioning or have neutral/no gender are also included in the white. Trans woman Monica Helms designed this in 1999. The blue and pink represent boys and girls, and no matter which way you hold it, the flag is always right-side up.

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Transgender Bisexual Pride Flags

Below are three versions of a transgender bisexual pride flag.

20. Transgender Bisexual Pride Flag 1

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21. Transgender Bisexual Pride Flag 2

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22. Transgender Bisexual Pride Flag 3

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23. Intersex Flag

Intersex International Australia designed this flag in 2013 with non-gendered colors “that celebrate living outside the binary.” Intersex (variation in sex characteristics) is also represented in the transgender flag (see next slide).

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24. Agender Flag

Designer Salem X or “Ska” created a reversible flag—much like the transgender flag—to represent the rejection of gender. Green is nonbinary, and black and white are absence of gender.

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25. Genderfluid/Genderflexible Flag

This flag was designed to embody all that genderfluidity can contain (since their gender can vary over time): Pink for femininity, blue for masculinity, white for no gender, black for all genders, and purple for the combination between masculine and feminine. JJ Poole created the flag in 2012.

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26. Genderqueer Flag

Marilyn Roxie designed the genderqueer flag to represent those identifying outside the gender binary: lavender is androgeny, white is agender, and green is nonbinary. This is also known as the “nonbinary” flag.

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27. Nonbinary Flag

To add to the genderqueer flag’s representation, 17-year-old Kye Rowan created the nonbinary flag in 2014 for gender existing outside the binary (symbolized by the yellow). White is all genders, black is no gender, and purple is a mix of genders.

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28. Androgynous Pride Flag

Androgynous people are a mix of both male and female. The blue stripe represents masculinity and the pink femininity. The grey area represents that the metaphorical ‘grey area’ between these two genders.

Of course, androgynous people don’t necessarily feel exactly equally male and female – you can be slightly more masculine or feminine. But the flag forms an ‘equals’ sign to signify gender equality.

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29. Bigender Pride Flag

If you are bigender you feel simultaneous both male and female. Or you may swap between those roles or take the best of both.

Unsurprisingly, the pinks and blues represent femininity and masculinity respectively. The purple stripes are for those genders combined.

Lastly, the white stripe is taken from the center of the Trans Pride Flag (see below). In this case, white stands for non-binary identities and shifting from one gender to another. 

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30. Genderflux Pride Flag

Genderflux people feel different levels of gender identity over time. So they may fluctuate between feeling very female and agendered.

Notably, it is different to genderfuidity. Genderfluid tends to be a variation in the gender they feel (they may vary between male and female). Whereas a genderflux person (in this case a boyflux) would vary between feeling gendered (male) and agender or somewhere in between.

The dark pink stands for female and the lighter pink for demigirl. Similarly, the darker blue for males and a lighter blue for demiboy. The grey stripe represents agender and the yellow, nonbinary.

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31. Trigender Pride Flag

As the name implies, trigender people experience exactly three genders. They may feel all three at once or vary between them.

The flag’s meaning is simple. Pink stands for feminine genders, blue for masculine and green represents the range of non-binary genders.

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Demigender Pride Flags

Demigender literally means ‘half gender’ but practically is an umbrella term for people who are nonbinary but have a partial connection to a certain gender.

32. Demigender Pride Flag – Neutral

The grey, yellow and white striped Demigender Pride Flag is the most common used for them.

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33. Demigender Pride Flag – Masculine

But there is also this flag for the partly male ‘demiboys’.

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34. Demigender Pride Flag – Femme

And this flag for the partly female ‘demigirls’.

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35. Neutrois Pride Flag

Neutrois people typically identify as having no or neutral gender. In some cases they may want to reduce the physical signs of their sex so they appear more gender neutral.

White represents being neutral, unidentified, or questioning gender.

Dark chartreuse green is the ‘opposite’ of lavender, a mix of pink and blue. So this stripe symbolises being not male or female or a mix of those.

Black is for being agender or genderless.

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36. Gender Questioning Pride Flag

Anyone who is questioning whether they are really cisgender may identify as gender questioning.

And an artist named Roswell created this flag in 2017 to represent them.

It takes colors from other gender flags with the pink and blue spectrums representing levels of femininity and masculinity. Meanwhile, the grey in the middle symbolizes uncertainty and seeking answers.

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37. Two-Spirit Pride Flag

Two-Spirit is a modern, pan-Indian term to describe people who have been part of Native American culture for countless generations.

Simply, Two-Spirit people have both a male and female spirit within them and see life through the eyes of both genders. Many indigenous communities not only accepted these two-spirit, or third-gender, people but gave them a ceremonial role in their culture.

Two-Spirit is often confused by outsiders with being ‘gay Indian’ or ‘LGBT+ Native American’. But the term was created to preserve the cultural history of these particular LGBT+ Native Americans, rather than for the whole community.

The flag’s simple design combines the traditional rainbow flag with a double feather.

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38. Hijra Pride Flag

Hijra share both a long culture and a gender identity. Across South Asia, hijra live together in small groups, guided by a guru. Hijras include trans women, intersex and other gender non-conforming people.

Hindu and Muslim religions recognize them but also ostracize them. However India, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh offer ‘third gender’ – neither male or female – passports to hijras.

The flag combines both gender and spiritual symbolism. So: ‘Pink and blue are for those of us [hijras] who identify with binary genders as trans people, while the white is for those of us who are nonbinary, the red represents the divinity we were blessed with by [Hindu god] Rama.’

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39. Maverique Pride Flag

Maveriques have a gender – and feel they have a gender – but it is completely separate from male or female.

The designer used yellow because it is a primary color. Therefore, it is completely separate from other colors (like pink or blue) just as maverique is separate from male and female identities.

The white stripe represents independence from the gender binary. White is not on the spectrum of colors so is a blank slate on which maveriques put their own identity.

Finally, orange stands for the burning inner conviction that a maverique feels about their gender. It is perceived as an unorthodox color, again reflecting maverique identity.

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40. Pangender Pride Flag

Pangender people typically embrace all genders or a large number of genders. They may be genderfluid too, in which case they are fluid between many genders over a period of time.

The colors on the flag are deliberately bright to represent the abundance of genders.

White is used as it is a combination of all colors, and therefore all genders. Yellow signifies genders that are not related to female and male. Meanwhile red shows the transition to masculine and feminine genders. And violet-pink combines male and female.

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41. Pocket Gender Pride Flag

One of the more interesting parts of gender discovery is the little world of pocket genders. Technically these are a range of gender identities that are only held by one or a few people.

Often pocket gender discussion groups allow people to discuss or discover different, radical or even eccentric ways of experiencing a gender.

Alex Stowe created the pocket gender flag.

Firstly the colours. Pink and blue represent feminity and masculinity. Purple is a mix of both traditional genders but also genderlessness. Likewise black represents either a mix of genders or a lack of gender. Orange stands for Maverique, a specific non-binary identity (see above).

In this case, Stowe specifically chose triangles rather than stripes used in other Pride flags. They wanted to show the levels of the genders may vary.

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42. Pansexual Flag

This flag, for example, represents pansexuality’s interest in all genders: Pink for women, blue for men, yellow for “nonbinary and gender-nonconforming people.” It was created in 2010 to distinguish pansexuality from bisexuality.

If you can be attracted to people regardless of their gender, you are pansexual or omnisexual. You may think of yourself as gender-blind. Some pansexuals feel they could be attracted to a humanoid alien.

But more practically level, it’s not letting someone’s gender define who you fancy. Of course, many bisexuals also feel they are attracted to people who are not male or female but another gender. But pansexuals make this more explicit.

The Pansexual Pride Flag emerged on the internet around 2010 and has become popular since.

It’s based on a similar design to the bisexual flag with three horizontal stripes. Unsurprisingly pink represents attraction to women, blue to men and yellow to people who are neither male nor female.

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43. Asexual Flag

In 2010, the Asexual Visibility and Education Network stated that they wanted to “have a symbol that belongs to all of us.” The flag is inspired by their logo; Black represents asexuality, gray for graysexuals (between sexual and asexual), and demisexual (sexual attraction following emotional connection). Purple represents the community. A demisexual flag also exists with similar colors in a different configuration.

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44. Polysexual Flag

Polysexual (attracted to multiple but not all genders, unlike pansexual) is still similar to the pansexual flag, with green representing non-conforming genders and pink and blue female and male, respectively. Polysexuality can sometimes be expressed as an attraction to masculinity/femininity, not gender. The flag was created on Tumblr in 2012.

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45. Aromantic Flag

In a similar color scheme, the green in the aromantic flag represents those living without romantic attraction or different romantic attraction. Gray and black are meant to represent all aromantic sexualities.

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46. Demisexual Pride Flag

Demisexuals aren’t totally asexual. They may be sexually attracted to someone, but once they’ve fallen in love.

The Demisexual Pride Flag uses the same colors as the asexual flag. So black represents asexuality, white for non-asexual friends and partners, purple for the community, and grey for grey-asexuality.

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47. Graysexual Pride Flag

Graysexuals feel somewhere between asexual (not interested in sex) and sexual (interested in sex). This is a deliberately vague term, for people who don’t want to be defined too narrowly.

The flag, also known as the Gray-A or Gray-ace Flag uses similar colors to the asexual and demisexual flags. Just like them, purple means community, grey for graysexuality and white for non-asexual friends and partners.

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48. Omnisexual Pride Flag

Omnisexuality is literally attraction to people of all genders. It’s slightly different to pansexuality which is attraction to people regardless of their gender. But, of course, individuals may be both omnisexual and pansexual.

The pink shades, unsurprisingly, mean attraction to feminine people and the blue attraction to masculine people. In the center, the black stripe stands for other genders.

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49. Polyamory Flag

Just as the symbol pi goes on indefinitely after the decimal, there are infinite partners available to those who identify as polyamorous. Gold represents emotional connection, not just sexual love. A modified version was created in 2017 with infinity hearts instead of the pi symbol.

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50. Bear Brotherhood Flag

Craig Byrnes and Paul Witzkoske in 1995 made the “bear flag” for “a subculture of masculine-presenting gay, bisexual and trans men who embrace facial and body hair and may have larger bodies.” Each stripe represents the different colors of bears.

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51. Leather, Latex, & BDSM Flag

There’s also debate over this flag, centered around whether kinks exist within or outside of the LGBTQ+ community. But the most widely celebrated of Tony DeBlase’s achievements in the world of leather is and probably always will be the Leather Pride Flag which he presented to the world as a “proposed design idea” on May 28, 1989, at International Mr. Leather. As the creator of the flag, he was often asked to explain the colors and design, but consistently refused to do so, insisting that each person could do that for himself. The design was immediately embraced and began appearing in parades within a month of its introduction, and turned up in shops as a bumper sticker barely two months later. Deconstructions and re-compositions of the flag’s familiar black, blue and white stripes with a red accent-originally a heart-are common, but the design itself was accepted worldwide as introduced. More info here.

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52. Female Leather, BDSM flag

Te flags can be horizontal or at an angle. That is purely artistic with no addition meaning. The blue of Leather Pride is substituted with pink to represent female leather-lovers. Designed by Sheryl Dee for the Ms San Diego Leather Contest in November 2003.

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53. Boy-Boi Pride Flag

The Boy-Boi Pride Flag was created and designed by boy Keith and debuted at Mid-Atlantic Leather in 1999. The original flag now hangs in the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago, IL.

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54. Fetish Pride Flag

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55. Switch Pride Flag

Some members of the leather and BDSM communities enjoy taking both dominant and passive roles, switching from one to the other. This is represented by the 2 arrows. I can find no reference to it before 2009. More information into its symbolism, history, etc. can be found here: http://c4bl3fl4m3.dreamwidth.org/16143.html

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56. Fat Fetish Pride Flag

Designed to represent someone who is attracted to persons of obease weight.

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57. Military and Uniform Fetish Flag

The Military Fetish Flag has been floating around on the web for sometime; sadly Its creator is unknown. The flag appears here for the community and not for any commercial use.

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58. BDSM Pride Flag

Primarily seen in european counties, the BDSM Rights Flag
is intended to represent the belief that people whose sexuality or relationship preferences include Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and Submission, or Sadism and Masochism (“BDSM”) deserve the same human rights as everyone else, and should not be discriminated against for pursuing BDSM with consenting adults.

The flag is inspired by the Leather Pride Flag and Quagmyr’s BDSM Emblem, but is specifically intended to represent the concept of BDSM Rights and to be without the other symbols’ restrictions against commercial use. It’s designed to be recognizable by people familiar with either the Leather Pride Flag or BDSM Triskelion (or Triskele) as “something to do with BDSM”; and to be distinctive whether reproduced in full color, or in black and white (or another pair of colors). For more information: http://www.bdsmrights.com/

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59. Owner Pride Flag

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60. Master/Slave Pride Flag

The “Master/slave and Dom/sub Flag” was unveiled at the Master/slave Conference in DC in July 2005 by Master Tallen and Slave Andrew. For more information, please visit their website: http://www.masterslaveflag.com/html/home.html.

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61. Demisexual BDSM Pride Flag

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62. Bootblack Pride Flag

After a two year debate within the community, on July 4th, 2005 Jesse ‘Spanky’ Penley came up with a design that would eventually become the accepted Boot Black Pride Flag. … The large red heart positioned behind the boot signifies the heart that the bootblack puts behind his or her boots. A Bootblack is someone who tends to boots such as shining.

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63. Puppy Pride Flag

This is a flag that represents a part of the community into Pet Play. It is semi-derivative of the leather flag, but on an angle, and with a red-bone in the middle. The White stripe is slightly bigger to represent the broadness of the community, the bone represents the unconditional, non-judgmental heart of the puppy.

Created in 2011 by Pup Flip Gray (LeatherPup) for the Tampa Leather Club, the Tampa Bay Leather Sir & Leather boy Contest, The Saint Petersburg Pride Parade and the Tampa Bay Leather n Fetish Pride Event.

The Puppy Pride Flag has the same number of stripes as the Leather Pride Flag. The stripes are set on a 30 degree diagonal reminiscent of the boy flag to indicate a new direction. The white stripe is wider than the other stripes to represent the broadness of the puppy movement. The blood red bone in the center of the flag indicates the unconditional, non-judgmental heart of the puppy.

For more information: http://www.leatherpups.com/z

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64. Foot Fetish Pride Flag

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65. Rubber Pride Flag

Members of the rubber/latex fetish community have a flag to express their preferences and passion. Peter Tolos and Scott Moats created it in 1995 and say that black represents “our lust for the look and feel for shiny black rubber,” red “our blood passion for rubber and rubbermen,” and yellow “our drive for intense rubber play and fantasies.” Also, there’s a kink in it—which totally makes sense, actually.

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66. Pony Flag

Another fetish flag, the pony play flag was designed in 2007 by Carrie P., and includes black to express unity with the larger leather community.

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67. Watersports Fetish Pride Flag

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68. Drag or Feather Pride Flag

The Feather Pride Flag is a symbol for the drag community. Artist Sean Campbell created it in 1999.

The phoenix represents the rebirth of the LGBT+ community. Meanwhile, as a mythical firebird it also stands for the ‘fires of passion’ the drag community had in the early days of HIV [and] AIDS epidemic when drag artists were key fundraisers.

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69. Drag Pride Flag

The alternative drag flag debuted much later in 2016. It was the result of a worldwide competition run by Austin International Drag Foundation to symbolize pride among drag queens and drag kings.

The flag’s designer Veranda L’Ni set out the meaning as follows:

Purple represents a shared passion for drag. White stands for ‘the blank slate that is our bodies and face and that we all change to create the characters that we become’. Blue symbolises both self expression and loyalty.

Finally, the crown is for leadership in the LGBT+ community and the stars for the many forms of drag.

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70. Straight Ally Flag

This is a combination of different symbols—the straight flag is black and white stripes, the traditional pride flag is a rainbow—and the combination is meant to show allyship for the LGBTQ+ community

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71. Straight Pride Flag

The simple black and white stripe version, a mockery and opposite of Gilbert Baker’s rainbow design, is the most common version. Alternatives are similar, with shades of grey, black and white.

The Ally Flag (see above) is, of course, the LGBT+ supportive antidote to this from straight, cisgender people.

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