Identities

and other terms you may not recognize.

Gender Terms

AFAB: Assigned female at birth, meaning your doctors and parents labeled you female at birth.

Agender: denying gender. It is someone who feels they are without gender. Identifying as agender may mean, for some, that you deny the need for gender. You do not fit the binary and feel as if you lack a gender or gender identity.

AMAB: Assigned male at birth, meaning your parents and doctors labeled you a male when you were born.

Bigender: Having two genders, whether at once or varying between the two. Not always male and female. Maybe you feel female but you also feel nonbinary at times. Any two gender identities combined.

Cisgender: Someone whose sex and gender align.

Demigender: An umbrella term for gender identities that may lean more towards one gender or another. Ie. a demiboy is someone who is mostly boy, but not fully.

Gender: A social construct. Usually it’s about being feminine or masculine.

Gender Dysphoria: The feeling that your biological sex does not match your psychological/emotional identity of gender. Often causing stress about physical appearance.

Genderfluid: Having a gender identity that changes. Some days you may feel more feminine or masculine, or some days you may feel like a combination. You don’t believe gender is stagnant, but changes and flows.

Genderqueer: Someone who doesn’t believe in the distinctions between male and female. They do not let gender roles rule their life. Many identify as neither, both, or a combination of male and female.

Nonbinary: Umbrella term for all gender identities that don’t fit the gender norms. It is valid as it’s own identity as well.

Transgender: Another umbrella term that can stand alone as it’s own identity, transgender is someone who is not the gender in which they were assigned at birth. Often, but not always, when used as it’s own identity it is someone who is the opposite gender than that which they were assigned at birth.

Trigender: identifying as three gender identities, whether at once or varying. You can identify as male, female, and/or any combination of nonbinary identities.

Sexuality Terms

Asexual/Ace: Not sexually, or rarely sexually, attracted to any gender.

Ace Spectrum: Identities that fall inside the asexual umbrella. Being asexual, but the degree may vary.

Aromantic: Usually when someone is aromantic, they don’t feel the need for romantic relationships. They are just as happy with a friendship.

Bisexual: Attracted to people of two genders, not necessarily male and female, but any two gender identities.

Biromantic: Usually in reference to someone who is asexual, graysexual, or demisexual. Romantically attracted to people of two genders. It’s in reference to your romantic verses sexual attraction. One may be romantically more attracted to a gender but not sexually. It can also be used to describe who you are more likely to be in an actual relationship with.

Demisexual: Rarely sexually attracted, usually after emotional connections are formed. These emotional connections do not have to be in a romantic nature. They usually lack sexual attraction unless they have formed an emotional connection with someone.

Gay/Lesbian: sexually attracted to a person of the same sex/gender.

Gray-a: Being in between asexual and sexual. You may feel sexual attraction but its rare. Differs from demisexual because you don’t have to be emotionally connected to the person.

Heteroromantic: Usually in reference to someone who is asexual, graysexual, or demisexual. Romantically attracted to people of the opposite gender. It’s in reference to your romantic verses sexual attraction. One may be romantically more attracted to a gender but not sexually. It can also be used to describe who you are more likely to be in an actual relationship with.

Homoromantic: Romantically attracted the same gender. Usually in reference to someone who is asexual, graysexual, or demisexual. It’s in reference to your romantic verses sexual attraction. One may be romantically more attracted to a gender but not sexually. It can also be used to describe who you are more likely to be in an actual relationship with.

Panromantic: Romantically attracted to people of all genders. Usually in reference to someone who is asexual, graysexual, or demisexual. It’s in reference to your romantic verses sexual attraction. One may be romantically more attracted to a gender but not sexually. It can also be used to describe who you are more likely to be in an actual relationship with. You can be bisexual but homoromantic because while you can be sexually attracted to people of the opposite gender, you aren’t romantically interested in them.

Pansexual:  Someone attracted to people despite their gender or gender identity.

Other 

Cishet: short for cisgender heterosexual person.

Monogamous: Only having relations of a romantic or physically intimate nature with one person; one partner.

Polyamorous/Polyamory: Having intimate relationships with more than one person, with the consent of everyone involved.