Terminology

Language is a powerful tool used to shape our perceptions of people. Precise use of terms for people’s gender identity, expression, and sexual orientation can have a significant impact on demystifying the misperceptions associated with these concepts. The vocabulary of both continues to evolve and there is not universal agreement about the definitions of many terms. We offer a glossary of definitions and examples of frequently used (and misused) terms as a starting point for dialogue and understanding.

PFLAG Glossary of Terms

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