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APPENDIX A: GENDER AND SEXUAL DIVERSITY GLOSSARY[1]

 

Agender: Referring to a person who does not relate to any gender identity.

Asexual: Referring to a person who feels very little or no sexual desire.

Bigender: Referring to a person who identifies as having two genders.

Bisexual: Referring to a person who is sexually attracted to people of their sex and people of a different sex.

Two-Spirit or Bispirituality: This term is used to reflect the complex Indigenous understanding of gender and sexuality and the history of sexual and gender diversity in Indigenous cultures.

Cisgender: Referring to a person whose gender identity aligns with their sex assigned at birth.

Cisnormativity: A cultural or social framework, often implicit, wherein everyone is cisgender and this is considered the norm.

Gender affirming surgery: A surgery to modify a person's sexual anatomical characteristics to better match their gender identity.

Gender fluid: Referring to a person whose gender identity or expression changes or shifts along the gender spectrum.

Gender dysphoria: A condition where a person experiences persistent discomfort or distress because of a mismatch between their gender identity and the sex they were assigned at birth.

Genderqueer: Referring to a person who challenges social norms regarding gender with their identity, their gender expression and their sexual practices.

Heteronormativity: A cultural or social framework, often implicit, wherein all human beings are heterosexual and this is considered the norm.

Intersex: A term that describes a person whose primary sexual characteristics at birth do not meet the medical criteria of the male or female sex. The term "intersex" refers to biological sex features. It does not refer to sexual orientation or gender identity.

Misgendering: The act of attributing to a person, intentionally or not, a gender that does not correctly reflect their gender identity. Examples include the use of pronouns, words, agreements or forms of address that do not correctly reflect the gender with which a person identifies.

Non-binary: Referring to a person whose gender identity does not align with a binary understanding of gender such as man or woman.

Trans: This generic term refers to transgender people, transsexual people and gender-diverse people.

Transgender: Referring to a person whose gender does not align with their gender assigned at birth.


[1]              Terms and definitions in this glossary come from the Gender and Sexual Diversity Glossary of the Translation Bureau.