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LGBT2SQ+ Terms and Definitions

A comprehensive list of terms and concepts is available at MyGSA.ca.
 
Ally: An individual who is supportive of the LGBT2SQ+ community.
 
Biological Sex: The biological state of having: 1) female or male genitalia; 2) female or male chromosomes (XX for females; XY for males); and 3) female or male hormones (estrogen and progesterone for females; testosterone for males)
 
Bisexual: an individual who is emotionally/romantically and physically attracted to persons of either sex.
 
Gay-Straight Alliance: Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs) are official student clubs with LGBT2SQ+ and heterosexual student membership and teachers who serve as advisors.
 
Gay: a person who is emotionally/romantically and physically attracted to persons of the same sex.
 
Gender: How you feel and experience your gender. It is not defined by your biological or anatomical sex, it can be fluid, i.e. masculine, feminine, androgynous, gender queer.
 
LGBT2SQ+: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender, Two-Spirited * (all variations in gender and sexual orientation not captured by acronym).
 
Lesbian: a female who is emotionally/romantically and physically attracted to other females. 
 
Transgender: a person whose gender identity (feeling of being either male or female) does not match their physical/anatomical sex. Some describe it as being born into the wrong body.
 
Two-Spirited: a member of the Aboriginal community who is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
 
Queer: An umbrella term for the entire LGBT2SQ+ community.