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Understanding LGBTQ+


STRAIGHT | LESBIAN | GAY | BISEXUAL | TRANSGENDER | QUESTIONING | PLUS


Learn more about individual gender and sexual identifiers. Understanding the terms, associated with personal pronouns and what they represent




S T R A I G H T


(also known as heterosexual)

Individuals that are attracted to members of the opposite sex (male-female, female-male). Straight individuals are the social norm; the group accepted by all religious groups and accepted by society as a whole.


Now let us take a look at the common pronouns and salutations associated with straight men and women.

Personal Gender Pronouns (PGP) relate to how we like to be addressed or how we are referred to when people communicate with us.


straight

Personal Pronouns

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Pronoun Images

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He or She (...is happy)

Him or Her (Do you see…)

His or Her (...life)

His or Hers (That is…)

Himself or Herself (Being…)



L E S B I A N


(also known as a homosexual woman)

A female individual that is attracted to someone of the same sex (female-female). In many countries, it is legal for lesbian couples to marry, have children through surrogacy and to adopt without fear of persecution.


Now let us take a look at the common pronouns and salutations associated with lesbian women.

Personal Gender Pronouns (PGP) relate to how we like to be addressed or how we are referred to when people communicate with us.


lesbian

Personal Pronouns

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Pronoun Images

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She (...is happy)

Her (Do you see…)

Her (...life)

Hers (That is…)

Herself (Being…)



G A Y


(also known as a homosexual man)

A male individual that is attracted to someone of the same sex (male-male). In many countries, it is legal for gay couples to marry, have children through surrogacy and to adopt without fear of persecution.


Now let us take a look at the common pronouns and salutations associated with gay men.

Personal Gender Pronouns (PGP) relate to how we like to be addressed or how we are referred to when people communicate with us.


gay

Personal Pronouns

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Pronoun Images

With over 20 personal pronoun images to choose from

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He (...is happy)

Him (Do you see…)

His (...life)

His (That is…)

Himself (Being…)



B I S E X U A L


(also known as pansexual and bi-curious)

An individual that is attracted to both the same sex and the opposite sex (male-female-male, female-male-female). A bisexual, therefore, has both heterosexual and homosexual attributes, and individuals that identify as pansexual are typically attracted to a person regardless of that person’s gender or sexual identifier. Bi-curious is a term linked to bisexuality, in which a heterosexual individual has not yet had a sexual encounter, however, is curious with regards to the attraction of someone of the same sex.


Now let us take a look at the common pronouns and salutations associated with bisexual men and women.

Personal Gender Pronouns (PGP) relate to how we like to be addressed or how we are referred to when people communicate with us.


bisexual

Personal Pronouns

What are your preferred pronouns? Choose from one of our fun and engaging pronoun images

Pronoun Images

With over 20 personal pronoun images to choose from

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He or She (...is happy)

Him or Her (Do you see…)

His or Her (...life)

His or Hers (That is…)

Himself or Herself (Being…)



T R A N S G E N D E R


(also known as transsexual)

Unlike straight, lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals, transgender is more around how an individual identifies or wishes to express themselves.

Often transgender individuals are physically one gender; however, they know that they belong to the opposite sex, effectively a man trapped in the body of a woman or vice versa. Transgender individuals will often undergo transitioning surgery to change their appearance and anatomy to ultimately change their outward appearance to reflect their true inner self.

The term crossdresser is typically used for an individual that dresses like a woman or man but does not necessarily identify as transgender, meaning they are content being one gender, dressing as another.


Now let us take a look at the common gender and non gender pronouns and salutations associated with those that identify as transgender.

Personal Gender Pronouns (PGP) relate to how we like to be addressed or how we are referred to when people communicate with us.


transgender

Personal Pronouns

What are your preferred pronouns? Choose from one of our fun and engaging pronoun images

Pronoun Images

With over 20 personal pronoun images to choose from

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He (...is happy)

Him (Do you see…)

His (...life)

His (That is…)

Himself (Being…)


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Q U E S T I O N I N G


Questioning is the term that represents individuals that are unsure or are questioning their sexual identities, whether they are heterosexual, homosexual or both. The term not only relates to sexuality but also gender, meaning an individual that is unsure of their gender identity.

Any pronoun and salutation group can apply


questioning


P L U S


Other key identifiers within the LGBTQ+ community include: -

  • Asexual – an individual who has no sexual attraction to men or women, so neither heterosexual nor homosexual (any pronoun and salutation groups may apply)
  • Gender Non-Conforming/Neutral – an individual that expresses or identifies themselves outside of traditional male and female personas (Transgender pronoun and salutation groups may apply and the term “they”)
  • Gender Fluid – an individual whose identity shifts, changes or fluctuates from masculine to feminine, meaning their gender is fluid and can change over time. (Transgender pronoun and salutation groups may apply and the term “they”)


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