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LGBTQ+ Mash Up!


How many sexual and gender minority (LGBTQ+) terms do you know?

Ally A person whose attraction to others does not include sexuality.
Asexual Pink (for gay men) and Black (for lesbian women) triangle symbols were used by Nazis for gay and lesbian prisoners. Now they are reclaimed as symbols of gay and lesbian pride.
Bisexual Student run organizations found in some K-12 schools and universities that create safe and supportive spaces for LGBTQ individuals and allies.
Cisgender A person who is unsure of their sexual orientation or gender identity and starting the process of self-discovery.
Dyke Someone whose internal gender identity (their sense of maleness, femaleness, or a combination of both or neither) does not align with their physical body, or with societal expectations of what it means to be male or female.
Faggot/Fag A symbol of the LGBTQ movement designed in 1978 in response to the murder of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to public office in California.
Gay A person who is physically and emotionally attracted to both males and females.
Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Historically a negative term for homosexuality and is still often used as a derogatory term against LGBTQ people today. Recently, though, many LGBTQ people and communities have reclaimed the word and use it in a positive way to refer to themselves and aspects of their identity.
Gender identity A derogatory term for a gay man. Historically the term was used to describe a bundle of sticks used to burn individuals at the stake that went against the church, such as those ‘accused’ of homosexual behavior
Homophobia and Transphobia A person who is supportive of LGBTQ* people and their rights. Allies may be gay, straight, transgender, queer, two-spirit, etc.
Intersex Slang term meaning lesbian, typically considered derogatory.
Lesbian A spiritual identity for some indigenous people. This term implies the embodiment of both masculine and feminine spiritual qualities within the same body. Some indigenous people use this term instead of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, etc.
Pansexual A common derogatory phrase that uses the term gay to describe something negative, stupid, or feminine.
Pink Triangle Our internal sense of maleness, femaleness, or a combination of both or neither.
Queer Variations in bodily or hormonal sex characteristics that expand the spectrum of definitions of being female and male.
Questioning A male who is physically and emotionally attracted to other males. This term can also apply to both men and women.
Rainbow Flag A female who is physically and emotionally attracted to other females.
“That’s so gay” An irrational fear or hatred of people who are, or are perceived to be LGBTQ, often exhibited by prejudice, discrimination, intimidation, or acts of violence.
Transgender (Trans) A person who is physically and emotionally attracted to people of any gender.
Two-Spirit A person whose gender identity is the same as the sex they were assigned at birth.

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