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LGBTQ+ Glossary of Terms

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LGBTQ+ Glossary of Terms

Excela Health is committed to improving the Health and Well-Being of every life we touch. This includes educating and advocating for individuals within the LGBTQ+ community. Education is the first step in progress.

Sexual Orientation

Gay: A person who is romantically or attracted only to their same genders.

Queer: A general term that includes everyone and all identities within the LGBTQ+ community.

Lesbian: A woman who is romantically or attracted only to other women.

Bisexual: A person who is romantically or attracted to more than one gender.

Heterosexual: A person attracted to the opposite sex of their own, also known as a straight person.

Asexual: A person who is not romantically or attracted to others very often, if at all.

Questioning: A person who is questioning their sexual identity.

Sexual Fluidity: A person whose sexuality is changing, and not set on a point on the spectrum.

Demisexual: A person feels sexually attracted to someone only after they've developed a close emotional bond with them.

Pansexual: A person whose sexual or romantic attraction is not limited to people of a particular gender identity or sexual orientation.


Cisgender: When a person feels like their gender matches their biological sex at birth.

Transgender: Denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex.

Trans Woman (MTF): A male-to-female trans person.

Trans Man (FTM): A female-to-male trans person.

Non-Binary: A person who does not identify with any gender.

Genderfluid: People who identify as “gender fluid,” are a mix of both genders, and/or may feel more male on some days and more female on others.

Education and understanding are essential first steps toward acceptance and inclusion. Excela Health is committed to improving the health and well-being of every life we touch, including all members of the LGBTQ+ community.