Gaylic Dictionary

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AFAB and AMAB: Acronyms meaning “assigned female/male at birth” (also designated female/male at birth or female/male assigned at birth). No one, whether cis or trans, gets to choose what sex they're assigned at birth.


An ally, straight ally, or heterosexual ally is a heterosexual and cisgender person who supports equal civil rights, gender equality, and LGBT social movements, challenging homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia. Not everyone who meets this definition identifies as an "ally".


Androgyny is the combination of masculine and feminine characteristics into an ambiguous form. Androgyny may be expressed with regard to biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual identity. When androgyny refers to mixed biological sex characteristics in humans, it often refers to intersex people.


Apothisexual is a micro-label on the asexual spectrum. It is another word for sex repulsed. For some apothisexuals, they are averse to the idea of engaging in sex themselves, but are fine with sexual activity that does not involve them. Others may be repulsed by the idea of sex in general. Those who are apothisexual typically do not seek out sexual relationships.


An orientation that describes a person who experiences little or no romantic attraction to others and/or a lack of interest in forming romantic relationships. They may or may not feel sexual attraction. An aromantic person can fall into one of two groups: aromantic sexual people or aromantic asexual people.


Asexuality describes a lack of sexual attraction. Asexual people may experience romantic attraction, but they do not feel the urge to act on these feelings sexually. Asexuality is a sexual orientation, like being gay or straight. It is different from celibacy or abstinence.


Bears are gay males on the heavier side, either muscular, beefy, or chunky. They wouldn’t dream of shaving their body hair (which comes in abundance) and they usually have a full beard to match. They exude masculinity!


Bi-curious is a term for a person, usually someone who is a heterosexual, who is curious or open about engaging in sexual activity with a person whose sex differs from that of their usual sexual partners.
A heterosexual person interested in having a sexual experience with a person of the same sex.


A person whose primary sexual and affectional orientation is toward people of the same and other genders, or towards people regardless of their gender. Some people may use bisexual and pansexual interchangeably.


Denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender corresponds with their birth sex.
Cisgender has its origin in the Latin-derived prefix cis-, meaning 'on this side of', which is the opposite of trans-, meaning 'across from' or 'on the other side of'.


Demiboy (also known as Demiman, Demimale) is a gender in which one is partially, but not fully, a man, boy, or otherwise masculine gender. One may or may not identify as another gender in addition to being partially a boy. The other part of one's gender can be any gender or combination of genders, including a lack of gender. Demigender people may also identify as non-binary. If a demiboy is not assigned male at birth they may also consider themselves transmasculine.


Demigender (from demi "half" + "gender") is an umbrella term for nonbinary gender identities that have a partial connection to a certain gender. This includes the partly female identity demigirl, and the partly male identity demiboy. Like nonbinary, demigender is also an identity within itself, for people who feel connection to the concept of gender rather than certain genders. Being a demigender "is not dependent on how much (as in percentage) someone identities as one gender; it solely depends on if a person identifies as partially. 


A demigirl (also called a demiwoman, demilady or a demifemale person) is a gender identity describing someone who partially, but not fully, identifies as a woman, girl or otherwise feminine, whatever their assigned gender at birth. They may or may not identify as another gender in addition to feeling partially a girl or woman. Demigirl can be used to describe someone assigned female at birth who feels barely connected or disconnected to that identification.


Romantic attraction towards any of the above but only after forming a deep emotional bond with the person(s) (demiromanticism). Greyromantic: Experiencing romantic attraction rarely or only under certain circumstances (greyromanticism).


People only feel sexually attracted to someone when they have an emotional bond with the person. They can be gay, straight, bisexual, or pansexual, and may have any gender identity. The prefix “demi” means half — which can refer to being halfway between sexual and asexual.

Drag King

Drag kings are mostly female performance artists who dress in masculine drag and personify male gender stereotypes as part of an individual or group routine.

Drag Queen

A drag queen is a person, usually male, who uses drag clothing and makeup to imitate and often exaggerate female gender signifiers and gender roles for entertainment purposes.


In the LGBTQ community, an enby is a nonbinary person. It's a phonetic pronunciation of NB, short for nonbinary, or people who do not identify their gender as male or female.


A femboy is a person, typically under the age of 30 years, who is biologically male. However, this person will often present himself in a very feminine manner. This behaviour may be exhibited part of the time, or all of the time. A femguy would be a little older in age.


Gay is a term that primarily refers to a homosexual person or the trait of being homosexual. The term originally denoted being "carefree", "cheerful", or "bright and showy".


Graysexual — sometimes spelled greysexual — is used to refer to people who experience limited sexual attraction. In other words, they experience sexual attraction very rarely, or with very low intensity. This is also known as gray-asexuality, gray-A, or gray-ace.


Homoflexible refers to someone who is predominantly homosexual but sometimes sexually attracted to the opposite sex.


Homoromantic refers to the romantic attraction to the same gender or genders similar to one's own. A homomantic person may or may not be sexually attracted to the same/similar gender(s). Homoromantic can be used to refer to men, women, or non-binary people. It is considered the opposite of heteromantic.


Intersex people are individuals born with any of several variations in sex characteristics including chromosomes, gonads, sex hormones or genitals that, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, "do not fit the typical definitions for male or female bodies".


A term used primarily from the 1940s until the 1960s to indicate a lesbian who was not butch or femme and did not have a preference for either butch or femme partners.


Usually, a woman whose primary sexual and affectional orientation is toward people of the same gender. However, some nonbinary people also identify as lesbians, often because they have some connection to womanhood and are primarily attracted to women.

Lesbian - Butch

Someone who identifies as a woman, and is romantically and sexually interested in other women who dresses, acts, or speaks in ways that many people in society consider "masculine".

Lesbian - Chapstick

A lesbian who presents somewhere between masculine and feminine, often dressing in comfortable or sensible clothing.

Lesbian - Femme

A term used to describe a lesbian who exhibits a feminine identity.

Lesbian - Lipstick

A lesbian who favours a glamorous, traditionally feminine style.

Lesbian - U-Haul

A term for a lesbian who gets attached very quickly, or progresses very quickly, for example moving in together after only a short period of time.


A common abbreviation for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Pansexual, Transgender, Genderqueer, Queer, Intersex, Agender, Asexual, Ally, Pansexual and other queer-identifying community.


Libragender is a gender identity where you feel mostly agender, but with a particular connection to another gender. The term 'libragender' gets its name from the star sign Libra, which is an equal scale. This represents the bifeelings of the agender gender identity and any other gender(s), although the feeling of being agender overweighs the feeling of being the other gender(s) and they are not equal. Libragender people are in the range of feeling 1-49% of a connection to another gender, with the other percentage being agender.

Non-binary or Genderqueer

Is a spectrum of gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine‍ identities that are outside the gender binary. Non-binary identities can fall under the transgender umbrella, since many non-binary people identify with a gender that is different from their assigned sex.


The prefix “pan-” means “all.” Similarly, pansexuality means to be attracted to people of all genders. This includes people who don't identify with any gender (agender). Many pansexual people describe themselves as being attracted to people based on personality, not gender.

Pillow Princess

A pillow princess is a slang phrase that describes someone, mostly an LGBTQ woman, who prefers to receive sexual stimulation more than they do to give it. It’s a queer, gay, bi, or pan woman/non binary person who likes to remain horizontal during sex — like a horny, lazy mermaid.


Polysexuality is the attraction to many sexes, genders, and/or gender expressions, but not all. It should not be confused with polyamory: the desire for or practice of having multiple intimate partners with the consent.


Polyamory is the practice of, or desire for, intimate relationships with more than one partner, with the informed consent of all partners involved.


Is an umbrella term,a word that describes sexual and gender identities other than straight and cisgender. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people may all identify with the word queer.


This term describes someone who is questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity.


Transexual people experience a gender identity that is inconsistent with their assigned sex and desire to permanently transition to the sex or gender with which they identify, usually seeking medical assistance (including sex reassignment therapies, such as hormone replacement therapy and sex reassignment surgery) to help them align their body with their identified sex or gender.


A person who dresses in clothes primarily associated with the opposite sex. Alternative Titles: cross-dressing, crossdressing, eonism. Transvestism, also called cross-dressing, practice of wearing the clothes of the opposite sex.


An adjective used most often as an umbrella term and frequently abbreviated to “trans.” Identifying as transgender, or trans, means to have a gender identity or gender expression that differs from the sex assigned at birth. While transgender may refer to a woman who was assigned male at birth or a man who was assigned female at birth, transgender is an umbrella term that can also describe someone who identifies as a gender other than woman or man, such as non binary, genderqueer, genderfluid, no gender or multiple genders, or some other gender identity.

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