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LGBT – say what? The queer ABCs

Do you only understand half of the acronym LGBTI? You are not alone! We have put together a queer glossary for you. Sharing is not only allowed, but encouraged!

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Most people probably know what homosexuality means. But what exactly is the difference between trans and non-binary – and what exactly is cis? Here we briefly explain the most important terms relating to gender and sexuality.

Heterosexual

A person who has an emotional, romantic and/or sexual orientation towards someone of a different gender.

Homosexual

A person who has an emotional, romantic and/or sexual orientation towards someone of the same gender.

Bisexual

A person who is attracted to more than one gender (biologically or socially).

Lesbian woman

A woman who feels attracted to other women.

Gay man

A man who is attracted to other men.

Pansexual

Attraction to people regardless of the person’s gender/gender identity.

Asexual

A person who does not experience sexual attraction.

Intersex

People with gender characteristics that differ from the male or female characteristics typically expected.

Trans

People who have a gender identity that is different from the one assigned to them at birth.

Non-binary

People who do not identify exclusively as men or women. Sometimes also called agender, genderqueer and genderfluid.

Sexual orientation

Describes who a person is attracted to romantically, emotionally or sexually.

Gender identity A person’s inner sense of their own gender.

LGBTI

An abbreviation that refers to anyone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer, or a member of any other sexual or gender minority.

Cis

People whose gender identity corresponds to their sex assigned at birth.

Cis-heterosexual

People whose gender identity corresponds to their sex assigned at birth and who are attracted to members of a different sex.

Queer

An umbrella term for people who identify as non-cis-heterosexual.

Any questions?

The LGBT+ helpline, which is supported by Migros Culture Percentage, provides information on topics relating to the queer environment – regardless of your sexual orientation or gender identity. From coming out and safer sex to sexualised violence, all concerns and problems have a place here. Find out more

Parents can also find tips on how to deal with their children’s sexual orientation at Famigros.

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