Deciphering the Code

Cis? Non-Binary? Agender? Genderqueer? Poly? What do all of these terms mean?

I’ve had many questions from friends, family, and strangers alike. Today in light of my A-Z Challenge I am beginning on Friday I thought it may be handy to share a quick run down of some of the commonly used terms, and some less common, that you may come across on my blog. I will still include explanations on some posts but, as a sort of glossary of terms, this post will hopefully help!
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For ease of access I will recommend searching the page using CTRL+F (or whatever the equivalent is for non-PC users, find in page) to search for particular terms. However I have also put the terms into different categories to aid in understanding.

Anything you feel I’ve missed out just leave me a comment or message me and I will add it!

Gender
Agender (gender)
See Genderqueer, a- meaning non; being of no gender, or having no gender identity, and one identifying as such.

Androgyne (gender)
See Androgynous; andro- meaning Male or Masculine; gyn- meaning Female or Feminine; one who presents as Androgynous, or one who feels that their gender is both/between Man and Woman.

Androgynous (presentation/gender)
Andro- meaning Male or Masculine; gyn- meaning Female or Feminine; see Androgyne; the presentation of ambiguous gender, one who presents in such a way, or the gender that is both/between Woman and Man

Bigender (gender)
See Genderqueer, bi- meaning two; being of two genders, typically Man and Woman, but not necessarily.

Cis (gender/sex)
Shortened version of and slang term for Cisgender and/or Cissex/Cissexual; referring to all people who are not Trans*, Intersex or otherwise non-binary.

Cisgender (gender)
Cis- meaning on the near side, and opposed to trans-; when the sex of the body matches the gender of the mind, and one identifying with this.

Demiboy (gender)
One who identifies only partially as a Man (or boy), but does not also identify as any other gender or as Agender / genderless.

Demigirl (gender)
One who identifies only partially as a Woman (or girl), but does not also identify as any other gender or as Agender / genderless.

Dyadic (sex)
See Sex Binary; not being Intersex, mostly used by people who are Intersex.

Female (sex)
Being of the female sex, either physically by having female anatomy or non-physically by identifying as a female person.

FTM (sex)
Female to Male; of Transsex/Transsexual people, the Transition from Female to Male, and one pre, mid or post said Transition identifying with this.

FTN (sex)
See Neutrois; Female to Neutrois; of Transsex/Transsexual people, the Transition from Female to Neutrois, and one pre, mid or post said Transition identifying with this.

Gender Binary (gender)
Binary meaning of two parts; the concept that gender is a binary, comprised of Man and Woman.

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Genderfluid (gender)
Gender identity which changes over time, and one identifying as such.

Genderqueer (gender)
See Agender and Bigender; being of neither, both and/or other gender in regards to the Masculine/Feminine gender binary, and/or a catch-all term for non-binary gender identities.

Intergender (gender)
Inter- meaning between; the state of being between two definable genders, and one who identifies as such.

Intersex (sex)
Inter- meaning between; being born of an ambiguous or indeterminate sex.

Male (sex)
Being of the male sex, either physically by having male anatomy or non-physically by identifying as a male person.

Man (gender)
One who is of the gender associated with the male sex, or one who identifies as such.

MTF (sex)
Male to Female; of Transsex/Transsexual people, the Transition from Male to Female, and one pre, mid or post said Transition identifying with this.

MTN (sex)
See Neutrois; Male to Neutrois; of Transsex/Transsexual people, the Transition from Male to Neutrois, and one pre, mid or post said Transition identifying with this.

Neutrois (sex)
Desiring and/or having a sexless/non-sexed body, the feeling that neither a male nor a female body would be the right body, often including a non-binary gender identity, and one identifying with this.

Non-Binary (gender)
Non-binary gender (see also genderqueer) describes any gender identity which does not fit within the binary of male and female. It is also an identity in its own right.

SRS (sex)
Sex Reassignment Surgery; see Transition; surgery to change the sex of a person.

Third Gender (gender)
Expanding to an at least three gender system, a gender separate from, and unrelated to, Man or Woman, and one identifying as such.

Trans (sex/gender)
Shortened version of and slang term for Transsex/Transsexual, Transgender or Transvestite, and slang term which is sometimes used to mean all or any identities of non-Cis and non-binary sex/gender, except Intersex.

Trans Man (sex/gender)
See FTM; one who identifies as a Man, and also as Trans and/or was not born Male.

Trans Woman (sex/gender)
See MTF; one who identifies as a Woman, and also as Trans and/or was not born Female.

Transgender (gender)
Trans- meaning cross; when the physical sex of the body does not “match” the gender identity of the individual, and one identifying with this.

Transition (sex)
See SRS; the process of changing the body’s physical sex, often including hormones and surgery, or the process of socially changing the gender one lives as.

Two-Spirit (gender)
Native American gender identity similar to Androgyne or Bigender, the concept of having both a Man’s spirit and a Woman’s spirit and so being both a Man and a Woman, and one identifying as such.

Woman (gender)
One who is of the gender associated with the Female sex, or one who identifies as such.

Sexual/Romantic Orientations
Ace (orientation)
Shortened version of and slang term for Asexual, and slang term for Aromantic.

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Androsexual (orientation)
Andro- meaning Male or Masculine; the attraction to Male people, Men and/or Masculine presentation, and one identifying with this orientation.

Aromantic (orientation)
A- meaning non; the lack of romantic attraction, and one identifying with this orientation.

Asexual (orientation)
A- meaning non; the absence of sexual attraction, and one identifying with this orientation.

Autosexual (orientation)
Auto- meaning self, the sexual attraction to oneself, and one identifying with this orientation, or one whose sexual desire is satisfied by masturbation, with no desire for a sexual relationship with another.

Bi (orientation)
Shortened version of and slang term for Bisexual and/or Biromantic.

Bi Curious (orientation)
From the shortened version of Bisexual; the state of either having some level of physical attraction to, or being curious to try physical relations with the same sex/gender, and one identifying with this orientation.

Demisexual (orientation)
Demi- meaning half; the absence of sexual attraction until a strong romantic connection has been formed, or only experiencing sexual attraction to a romantic partner, and one identifying with this orientation.

Gay (orientation)
Slang term for Homosexual and/or Homoromantic.

Gray-A/Grey-A (orientation)
Gray is the American English spelling and Grey is the British English spelling; a catch all term for all and any orientation between sexual and asexual.

Gynesexual (orientation)
Gyn- meaning Female or Feminine; the attraction to Female people, Women and/or Feminine presentation, and one identifying with this orientation.

Heteroflexible (orientation)
Hetero- meaning other; see also Heteroromantic; the state of desiring a romantic relationship with a specific sex/gender, usually the assumed ‘opposite’, but is not averse to physical relations with the same (or non-binary) sex/gender.

Heteroromantic (orientation)
Hetero- meaning other; a romantic attraction to a specific sex/gender, usually the assumed ‘opposite’, and one identifying with this orientation. Typically one that is Female and/or a Woman being romantically attracted to those of who are Male and/or a Man, and vice versa.

Heterosexual (orientation)
Hetero- meaning other; a sexual attraction to a specific sex/gender, usually the assumed ‘opposite’, and one identifying with this orientation. Typically one that is Female and/or a Woman being sexually attracted to those of who are Male and/or a Man, and vice versa.

Homoromantic (orientation)
Homo- meaning same; the romantic attraction to the same sex/gender, and one identifying with this orientation. Those who are Female and/or a Woman being romantically attracted to others who are Female and/or a Woman, and those who are Male and/or a Man being romantically attracted to others who are Male and/or a Man.

Homosexual (orientation)
Homo- meaning same; the sexual attraction to the same sex/gender, and one identifying with this orientation. Those who are Female and/or a Woman being sexually attracted to others who are Female and/or a Woman, and those who are Male and/or a Man being sexually attracted to others who are Male and/or a Man.

Lesbian (orientation)
Slang term for homosexual and/or homoromantic people who are Female and/or a Woman.

Monosexual (orientation)
Mono- meaning one or singular; the sexual attraction to one sex/gender, collectively referring to Homosexuals and Heterosexuals.

Multisexual (orientation)
Multi- meaning more than one; the sexual attraction to more than one sex/gender, collectively referring to Bisexual, Polysexual, Pansexual, and any other sexuality that is not Monosexual.

Omniromantic (orientation)
Omni-meaning all; see Panromantic; the romantic attraction to all sexes/genders, and one identifying with this orientation.

Omnisexual (orientation)
Omni- meaning all; see Pansexual; the sexual attraction to all sexes/genders, and one identifying with this orientation.

Pan (orientation)
Shortened version of and slang term for Pansexual and/or Panromantic.

Panromantic (orientation)
Pan- meaning all; the romantic attraction to all sexes/genders, and one identifying with this orientation.

Pansexual (orientation)
Pan- meaning all; the sexual attraction to all sexes/genders, and one identifying with this orientation.

Polyromantic (orientation)
Poly-meaning many; see also Spectraromantic; the romantic attraction to various sexes/genders, and one identifying with this orientation.

Polysexual (orientation)
Poly- meaning many; see also Spectrasexual; the sexual attraction to various sexes/genders, and one identifying with this orientation.

Pomosexual (orientation)
Pomo being the shortening of “postmodern”; the concept that sexual orientation labels are restrictive or inadequate, one who avoids sexual orientation labels.

Skoliosexual (orientation)
Origin unknown; the attraction to people outside of the Sex Binary, outside of the Gender Binary and/or queer presentation, and one identifying with this orientation.

Spectraromantic (orientation)
Spectra- from spectrum; see also Polyromantic; the romantic attraction to a spectrum of sexes/genders, and one identifying with this orientation.

Spectrasexual (orientation)
Spectra- from spectrum; see also Polysexual; the sexual attraction to a spectrum of sexes/genders, and one identifying with this orientation.

Straight (orientation)
Slang term for Heterosexual and/or Heteroromantic.

Trisexual (orientation)
A much misunderstood sexuality; tri- meaning three; either the sexual attraction to those who are Male and/or a Man, Female and/or a Woman and oneself, based on Bisexual and Autosexual, or the sexual attraction to three sexes/genders, based on the concept of three sexes or three genders, and one identifying with either of these orientations.

Relationship models
Monogamy (relationship model)
Mono- meaning one; the desire or need to have only one partner, or have only one other person in a relationship, at any given time.

Polyamory (relationship model)
Poly meaning many; the desire or need to have multiple partners or multiple people in a relationship.

Polygamy (relationship model)
Poly- meaning many; the desire or need to have multiple partners or multiple people in a relationship, with an added association with multiple marriages.

Non-Monogamy (relationship model)
Individuals may form multiple and simultaneous sexual or romantic bonds. This can be contrasted with its opposite, monogamy, and yet may arise from the same psychology.

Relationship Anarchy (relationship model)
Relationship anarchy (abbreviated RA) is the practice of forming relationships that are not bound by rules aside from what the people involved mutually agree on. If a relationship anarchist has multiple intimate partners, it can be considered as a form of polyamory, but distinguishes itself by postulating that there need not be a formal distinction between sexual, romantic or platonic relationships.

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The logo for Relationship Anarchy.

Other
Ally
A person who is not Queer/LGBTQ but supports and promotes rights and equality for Queer/LGBTQ people.

Butch (presentation)
One who presents in a very Masculine style, or whose presentation as Masculine is part of their identity, without necessarily identifying as a Man/Male person.

Cross Dresser (presentation)
See also Drag King and Drag Queen; someone who practises Cross Dressing, for various reasons.

Cross Dressing (presentation)
The practice or act of dressing as another gender.

Drag (presentation)
See also Drag King and Drag Queen; the practice or act of dressing as another gender, typically as a performance.

Drag King (presentation)
See also Drag and Cross Dresser; a female/woman who dresses as a male/man, typically as a performance.

Drag Queen (presentation)
See also Drag and Cross Dresser; a male/man who dresses as a female/woman, typically as a performance.

E/Em (pronoun)
See Ey/Em; referring to one who is of undisclosed or non-binary gender.

Ey/Em (pronoun)
See E/Em; referring to one who is of undisclosed or non-binary gender.

Feminine (presentation)
Meaning associated with Female; the state or quality of having or displaying attributes associated with being a Woman or being Female.

Femme (presentation)
One who presents in a very Feminine style, or whose presentation as Feminine is part of their identity, without necessarily identifying as a Woman/Female person.

Genderfuck (presentation)
The act of playing with expected gender presentation, usually mixing the overtly Feminine with the overtly Masculine, and one identifying as such.

He/Him (pronoun)
Referring to one who is a Man, or one who feels that it is an appropriate pronoun for them.

It (pronoun)
Referring most to inanimate objects and animals, although sometimes referring to Agender people when they feel it is an appropriate pronoun for them.

LGBTQ
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer; the more inclusive acronym, adding Queer to acknowledge the existence of other identities.

Masculine (presentation)
Meaning associated with Male; the state or quality of having or displaying attributes associated with being a Man or being Male

Ne/Nem (pronoun)
Referring to one who is of undisclosed or non-binary gender, or one who feels that it is an appropriate pronoun for them.

Queer
Originally a slur for non-Heterosexual or Cissex/Cissexual people, meaning ‘weird’ or ‘different’, and while mostly reclaimed it can still be offensive to some; a catch-all term for non-cis/heteronormative identities, or non-specific non-cis/heteronormative identity.

Questioning (sex/gender/orientation)
Being unsure of one’s sex, gender and/or orientation.

Sex Binary (sex)
Binary meaning of two parts; the concept that sex is a binary, comprised of Male and Female.

Sexual (orientation)
As opposed to Asexual; having sexual attraction, one who has sexual attraction.

She/Her (pronoun)
Referring to one who is a Woman, or one who feels that it is an appropriate pronoun for them.

They/Them (pronoun)
Referring to one who is of undisclosed gender, or in the generic, or one who feels that it is an appropriate pronoun for them.

Transvestite (presentation)
Trans- meaning cross; see also Cross Dresser; somebody who practises Cross Dressing or dresses according to the norms of another sex/gender, although it is separate from Cross Dressing and Drag. It is also misused as a slur for Trans Women.

Ze/Hir (pronoun)
Referring to one who is of undisclosed or non-binary gender, or one who feels that it is an appropriate pronoun for them.

This list was collated from various sources, namely Pan Party’s Queertionary 3.3, Wikipedia and Gender Wiki. I hope you found it educational and anything I have missed/mis-defined, please do send me a message, comment, or otherwise contact me and I will amend it. 

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