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Happy Pride Month - ‘Demystifying’ some LGBTQ+ community terminology

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23-06-2020

In Day 2 of our PRIDE WEEK celebrations, we are going to ‘demystify’ some of the terms you may regularly hear in discussions about the LGBTQ+ community, but not always understand.

Ally

A person who is not part of the LGBTQ+ community but believes in and actively supports legal and social equality for LGBTQ+ people.

Asexual

An umbrella term for those with little to no sexual attraction or desire for sexual relationships but who may have romantic relationships.

Bisexual

Attraction to more than one gender.

Cisgender/Cis

A person whose sense of personal identity and gender corresponds with their gender assigned at birth. Cis gender describes gender identity, as opposed to sexual orientation.

Gay

A homosexual male; that is, a person who identifies as male who is attracted primarily to males.

Intersex

Those born with sex characteristics (e.g. chromosomes, sex hormones or genitals) that don’t belong strictly to male/female categories or belong to both.

Lesbian

A homosexual female; that is, a person who identifies as female who is attracted primarily to females.

Non-binary

An umbrella term for gender identities that fall outside of the traditional binary of male or female.

Pansexuality

Attraction to people regardless of their gender.

Queer

A nuanced word which can refer to one’s gender identity and/or sexual orientation. Often used as an umbrella term for the LGBTQ+ community, it is a reclaimed term, previously used pejoratively to target the community. 

Transgender (Trans)

An umbrella term for those who do not identify with the gender assigned to them at birth or its traditional expectations.

People may have preferred pronouns, words such as she/her/hers, he/him/his, and they/them/theirs. You cannot always know what someone’s pronouns are just by looking at them. Asking and always correctly using someone’s preferred pronouns is a basic way to show respect for a person’s gender identity. 

Definitions are changing all the time and it is difficult to always get things 100% right. Being a good ally is not about knowing all of these definitions (and more) off by heart, it is about being open to learning and not making assumptions about people. Don’t be afraid to make a mistake. If you are not sure, ask. Always be kind and respectful.

Safe Spaces for the LGBT+ Community Webinar

Aisling Gannon joins the panel on a Bank of Ireland/Dublin Pride event this evening (23 June) on Zoom from 6pm, discussing safe spaces for the LGBT+ community.

Joining details can be found here:

https://dublinpride.ie/events/bank-of-ireland-safe-spaces-for-the-lgbt-community/

Disclaimer

This information is for guidance purposes only and should not be regarded as a substitute for taking legal advice. Please refer to the full terms and conditions on our website.

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