This glossary serves as a reference for people in the Greater Columbus community to learn more about the LGBT community and what words we use to refer to each other, ourselves and our experiences.
- LGBT – an acronym standing for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender.
- Gay – a description for a man who is sexually or romantically attracted to someone of the same sex or gender.
- Lesbian – a description for a woman who is sexually or romantically attracted to someone of the same sex or gender.
- Bisexual – a description for someone who is sexually or romantically attracted to either sex.
- Transgender – a description for someone who identifies as a different gender than the gender with which one was assigned at birth.
- Straight or heterosexual – someone who is sexually or romantically attracted to someone of the opposite sex.
- Cisgender – a description for someone who identifies as the same gender with which one was assigned at birth.
- Pride – a description for activities and sentiment which positively affirm one’s identity, both inside one’s life and outside.
- Queer – an alternative description for those who don’t identify as heterosexual or cisgender. Sometimes used in the LGBT community, but a history of its use as a slur should be noted.
- marriage equality – the term used to describe the state of having one’s marriage recognized and treated equally, no matter whether one’s partner is the same or opposite sex/gender.
- non-discrimination ordinance – a portion of law dedicated to protecting residents of a city from institutional discrimination or unfair treatment based upon immutable or other characteristics, such as race, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.
- sexual orientation – term to describe the state of one’s sexual or romantic attraction to another person, be that person of the same- or opposite sex as oneself.
- gender identity – the state of one’s self-identity by gender, be it with one’s born gender or another gender.
- coming out (of the closet) – to self-disclose one’s heartfelt sexual orientation or gender identity to one’s peers.
- ally – a person who, despite not identifying as LGBT, still actively supports the rights, loves, dignity and friendship of LGBT people.