What the Words Mean – A Basic List of LGBTQ Words

As an advocate it is important to get familiar with words used by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) communities. This list was written in plain language. We want you to know:

  • There are many ways to describe these words. Some people may use a different definition.
  • There are many words not on this list. We wanted to focus on the basic words.
  • Words and what they mean change all the time. We will try to keep this list up to date. Let us know if you have any suggestions.

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