Am I gay, lesbian, bi or trans?

Transgender Glossary of Terms

Transgender Glossary of Terms

GENERAL TERMINOLOGY Sex The classification of people as male or female. At birth, infants are assigned a sex based on a combination of bodily characteristics including: chromosomes, hormones, internal reproductive organs and genitals. Gender Identity One’s personal sense of being a man or a woman (or a boy or girl.) For transgender people, their birth-assigned […]

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Problematic Terminology

Problematic Terminology

PROBLEMATIC: “homosexual” (as a n. or adj.) PREFERRED: “gay” (adj.); “gay man” or “lesbian” (n.) Please use “lesbian” or “gay man” to describe people attracted to members of the same sex. Because of the clinical history of the word “homosexual,” it has been adopted by anti-gay activists to suggest that lesbians and gay men are […]

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Defamatory Language to Avoid

Defamatory Language to Avoid

 “fag,” “faggot,” “dyke,” “homo,” “queen,” “she-male,” “he-she,” “tranny” and similar epithets.The criteria for using these derogatory terms should be the same as those applied to hate words for other groups: they should not be used except in a direct quote which reveals the bias of the person quoted. So that such words are not given […]

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The relationship of shame to the coming-out process in gay men and lesbians

The relationship of shame to the coming-out process in gay men and lesbians

Scenario 1You're on the school playground during recess. You're about nine years old. You see a group of kids playing and you walk over to join their game. As you approach — halfexpectant, half-apprehensive — one of them sneers at you and another laughs. You hesitate a moment, wanting to move forward, but wanting to […]

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Gender and sexual identity: The journey begins

Gender and sexual identity: The journey begins

If you are reading this booklet it may be that you are attracted tosomeone of the same gender or have questions about your sexual orientation. Hopefully this booklet will answer some of your questions,calm some of your fears &… help you understand that you are not alone. Confusion about your sexual orientation can sometimes lead […]

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What is bisexuality

What is bisexuality

What is bisexuality? By definition, bisexuality defies categorization. Bisexual people are people who have romantic, emotional, physical, and sexual attractions with people of either gender. They are able to experience desire and intimacy with, and fall in love with, someone of either sex. Sexuality is often defined as a continuum, with heterosexuality (the exclusive attraction […]

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The ‘Gaydar’ – An Urban Legend?

The ‘Gaydar’ – An Urban Legend?

Who’s gay? Who’s lesbian? Who’s straight? Who’s not? Can we tell by just looking? Is there really some special way that homosexuals can recognize another in a crowded room, gym, or mall? Straight people are curious and often mystified. “How do you know?” they ask. “I just do,” I respond confidently. Read more on the legend about the ‘Gaydar’

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Am I gay?   Who can I talk to?

Am I gay? Who can I talk to?

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Question answered on November 8, 2002 by

Sorted in Alienation, En questionnement, Questions

Hello Alex, First of all, you're taking steps in the right direction: accepting who you are. It's not always easy, and the feelings that you're experiencing are normal. Often, when one discovers that he/she is gay, he/she hates himself/herself for being this way, because one might think that ... Read more.
Actors Against Homophobia

Actors Against Homophobia

Five well-known personalities of the small screen met to counter homophobia amongst children, in particular homophobia in the classroom, in a new public awareness campaign launched by GRIS-Montréal.

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The Heart of Things

The Heart of Things

After hours of basketball practice in the sun, my teammate’s cool bedroom was bliss. My sweaty, exhausted body collapsed onto Brandon’s bed. Sleep was imminent, but then I saw Brandon removing all his clothing. In a futile effort to appear undistracted, I began to ramble about practice, but I was just too overwhelmed by his […]

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