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LGBTQ+ Glossary

It's important to note that language and terminology around gender and transition are continuously evolving, and individuals may have different preferences for how they identify and describe their gender experiences. It's always best to use respectful and inclusive language and to defer to individuals' own self-identifications when discussing gender-related topics.

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Butch is a term often used within lesbian and queer communities to describe women or nonbinary people who express themselves in a more masculine manner, either in appearance and/or behavior. It can be seen as a form of gender identity and presentation.
Closeted Lesbian
A closeted lesbian is an individual who identifies as a lesbian but has not publicly disclosed or shared their sexual orientation with others, typically due to fear of discrimination, prejudice, or negative reactions.
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Femme is a term often used within lesbian, queer, and trans communities to describe a feminine-presenting person. A femme lesbian is a femme-identified person who is typically attracted to or involved in romantic and sexual relationships with other women (trans or cis). Femme can also refer to a gender identity that embraces femininity. People can identify as femme and nonbinary or as femme and a binary gender, or agender as well.
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Homoromantic refers to an individual who experiences romantic attraction primarily or exclusively towards individuals of the same sex or gender, without necessarily involving sexual attraction
Homosexuality refers to the romantic, emotional, and/or sexual attraction one person feels exclusively or primarily towards individuals of the same sex or gender.
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Lesbian support groups
Lesbian support groups are community-based or online gatherings that provide a safe and supportive space for lesbian individuals to connect, share experiences, seek advice, and receive emotional support from others who share similar identities or experiences.
Lesbian health
Lesbian health focuses on the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of lesbian individuals. It involves understanding and addressing the specific health concerns, disparities, and healthcare needs that lesbian women may face, including access to LGBTQ+-affirming healthcare services.
Lesbian parenting
Lesbian parenting refers to the process of raising children by lesbian couples or individuals. It involves the emotional, financial, and practical aspects of providing care, support, and guidance to children within a lesbian family structure.
Lesbian history encompasses the historical experiences, contributions, and struggles of lesbian individuals and communities throughout different time periods and cultures. It explores the achievements, challenges, and societal changes that have shaped lesbian identities and relationships.
Lesbian rights
Lesbian rights encompass the legal and social entitlements, protections, and freedoms specifically pertaining to lesbians. This includes advocating for equal treatment, non-discrimination, marriage equality, adoption rights, healthcare access, and other civil rights.
Lesbian visibility
Lesbian visibility refers to the presence, representation, and recognition of lesbian individuals, relationships, and experiences in society, media, and various public platforms. It aims to increase awareness and understanding of lesbian identities and foster inclusivity.
Lesbianism refers to the romantic, emotional, and/or sexual attraction, relationships, and experiences between women.
Lesbian identity
Lesbian identity refers to the personal and social recognition and acceptance of oneself as a lesbian, often including a sense of belonging to the lesbian community.
LGBTQ+ is an acronym that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning. It is an inclusive term used to describe the diverse community of individuals who have non-heterosexual or non-cisgender identities.
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Queer women
Queer women are individuals who identify as women and have non-heterosexual or non-cisgender identities. This term is used to encompass a broad range of sexual orientations and gender identities within the female spectrum.
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Stud is a term predominantly used within lesbian and queer communities to describe a masculine-presenting woman who is typically dominant in her romantic and sexual relationships with other women.
Same-sex attraction
Same-sex attraction refers to the romantic, emotional, and/or sexual attraction one person feels towards individuals of the same sex or gender.
A tomboy is a term traditionally used to describe a girl or woman who exhibits behaviors, interests, or appearances that are stereotypically associated with boys or men. It does not necessarily imply any specific sexual orientation.