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Having a bisexual orientation. A man or woman having emotional and physical feelings of affection and attraction to both men and women.

Celibate, celibacy:

Living in a state of singleness. Refraining from sexual relations.

Chaste, chastity:

Living a life of moral and/or religious purity in thought and deed.

Closet (to be in the):
Being secret about one's sexual orientation.

Coming out:
Accepting one's sexual orientation and telling others. See also: out/outing.


One who desires to wear the clothing of the other gender. The term does not refer to sexual orientation.

Offensive term referring to a strong woman.

Offensive term referring to homosexuals.

A person who has a homosexual orientation. A man who has emotional and physical feelings of affection and attraction for other men. In the case of women, the preferred term is lesbian. The term "gay" is also used as an inclusive term to describe anyone who is not heterosexual.

Male and female. The term does not refer to sexual behaviour.

Gender identity:
A person's basic conviction of being male or female.

Gender role:
Social expectations associated with being female or male.

GID (gender identity disorder):
The condition of feeling out of place in one's gender of birth.

Acronym for the inclusive catch-phrase "gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered."

Healing, Therapy:
The use of various treatments (including drugs, electric shock, psychological conditioning, aversion therapy, etc.) to bring about a change in sexual orientation. See also: Reparative therapy

Discrimination against homosexuals. The assumption that all people are heterosexual.

Heterosexual, Heterosexuality
(medical term) Someone attracted primarily to persons of the opposite sex. Having emotional and physical feelings of affection and attraction to people of the opposite gender. See also: straight

Irrational fear and intolerance of homo-sexuality and gays. Also used to mean any discomfort with homosexuality.

Homosexual, Homosexuality:

Having emotional and physical feelings of affection and attraction for people of the same gender. Term coined by Hungarian doctor Carl Maria Benkert, 1869. See also Queer.

A woman having a same-sex orientation. A woman who has emotional and physical feelings of affection and attraction to women.


Revealing to others the secret of one's sexual orientation. A verb, used in such phrases as "Don't out me!"

A friendly umbrella term, embracing many kinds of sexual and other minorities. A term more inclusive than GLBT. Queer Theology is beginning to take its place beside Liberation Theology and Feminist Theology.

Reparative therapy:
Any type of counselling which aims to help men and women move away from unwanted homosexuality or lesbianism. The expression is offensive to gays. They have come to accept their identity as wholesome and healthy and do not see any need for repairing or healing it.

Sexual behaviour:
What persons do as an expression of their sexual orientation, but not always in keeping with it. A person can determine to manifest behaviour that is not an expression of his/her orientation.

Erotic feelings, attitudes, values, attraction, arousal, and/or physical contact.

Sexual orientation:
The deep-seated physical, emotional, and affectional direction of one's sexual response toward partners of the same sex (homosexual), other sex (heterosexual), or both sexes (bisexual).

Sexual orientation identity:
A person's self-identification as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, etc.

A person of heterosexual orientation.

People who manifest characteristics commonly associated with persons of the other gender. An umbrella term, referring to the whole range of ways in which people express their sexual identity by transgressing traditional gender norms.Transgendered persons may be homosexual, bisexual, or heterosexual in orientation. Some distinct types of transgendered persons are crossdresser, bi-gendered, persons born with ambiguous genitalia, persons choosing surgical change of gender, transsexual, transvestite, male/female impersonator, etc.

Men and women who consider themselves to be members of the opposite gender and desire to rid themselves of their primary and sexual characteristics and live as members of the other sex.

A transsexual's move from one gender to another after sexual reconstruction surgery and hormonal therapy.

A person who dresses in clothing of the opposite sex. Usually a heterosexual man dressing in women's clothing. More commonly Crossdresser.

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