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Lesbian
A person who identifies as a woman and who is emotionally, romantically, and/or sexually attracted to women.
Source: International Planned Parenthood Federation
MSM
An acronym that stands for "Men who have Sex with Men" and used to describe sexual behaviour. It is an inclusive term that can be used regardless of how an individual self-identifies.
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MSW
An acronym that stands for "Male Sex Worker."
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MTF/M2F
An acronym that stands for "Male to Female" and used to describe transgender people who want to change or have changed sex from being biologically male to being female.
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Out/Outed/Outing
Being out is being open about being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Being outed is having someone else reveal you as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, usually against your will. Outing is telling other people, to whom a person is not out, that you know that person is LGBT. Also see coming out.
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Pansexual/Omnisexual
Terms used to describe people who have romantic, sexual, or affectional desire for people of all genders and sexes. Used by many in place of "bisexual", which implies that only two sexes or gender exist.
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Partner/Significant Other
Terms most appropriate to use when referring to a gay or lesbian's spousal equivilent. LGBT people may also use "girlfriend/boyfriend," "lover," "roommate," "life partner," "wife/husband," or other terms when referring to their partners.
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Queer
Traditionally a pejorative term, queer has been appropriated by some LGBT people to describe themselves. Some value the term for its defiance and because it can be inclusive of the entire LGBT community. Nevertheless, it is not universally accepted even within the LGBT community and should be avoided unless quoting someone who self-identifies that way.
Source: GLAAD
Questioning
The process of considering or exploring one's sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
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Rainbow Flag
A recognized symbol of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Use of the rainbow flag began in the 1970s primarily on the West Coast of the United States, where it could be seen waving in the wind during Gay Pride marches. Today, it is recognized throughout the world as a symbol of gay and lesbian pride. The colours red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple are used to symbolise equality and diversity among all people.
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