Many individuals do not like to be categorized or labeled in any way. I agree that labels may “box one in” but an individual’s self–identity is critical. We must know who we are. It is labels that translate our identity to language. The spirit world is a place in which souls can be fluid, boundary free, label–less, and uncategorized. However the purpose of incarnating on Earth is to experience dualities, polarities, and various points on a spectrum. From these experiences a soul learns balance.
Many new gender and sexual identity terms have been created in recent years. Some similar terms seem to have little to no differentiation between them. I believe that the new influx of terms is a result of individuals trying to describe their alternative identity. I suspect as individuals become more comfortable in gender fluidity, many of these labels will disappear and we will all simply assume our own unique identity that does not require a label. Perhaps eventually the various labels can be brought together under one acronym that represents the state of infinite choice that multiple identities provide – AGASI, Alternative Gender and Sexual Identity.
Bigender (Ambigender) – A gender identity structure that allows for only two genders: male and female. Also may be an individual that lives a dual life of separate male and female roles including separate names, pronouns, social circles, and identities. Ambigender may also be interpreted as short for ambiguous gender.
Birth Assigned Sex – The anatomical sex as determined by biology or genetics. Not all babies are born with genitalia that can be clearly defined as either male or female. And not all babies develop a gender identity that matches their birth assigned sex.
Cisgender – An individual whose gender identity and gender role matches their birth assigned sex. They fit well into the binary gender system. Cis is Latin for “on the same side” or “on this side of”.
Eunuch – A male who has been castrated.
Female (Woman/Ciswoman) – An individual whose gender identity of female matches her birth assigned sex of female.
Femme – An individual, usually gay or lesbian, who exhibits stereotypical feminine traits, often in an exaggerated way.
Gender Diversity – Individuals that do not identify as being either male or female but as a mix of both. A person may feel more male some days and more female other days or these individuals do not want to be classified as male or female. Other terms used are: ambigender, androgynous, creatively gendered, gender bender, gender blender, gender breaker, gender diverse, gender dysphoric, gender fairy, gender fluid, gender fuck, genderfree, gender chameleon, gender nonconformist, gender outlaw, gender queer, gender revolutionary, gender shapeshifter, gender transgressor, gender trickster, gender variant, gynandrous, human–gender, intergender, metagender, multigender, nongender, omnigender, pan–gender, per, polygender, third–gender, trans–androgynous, trans–variant, tweener, and variant expressive.
Gender Free – An individual that does not identify with the accepted definitions and standards of binary gender structures.
Gender Identity – The way in which an individual expresses their gender. Sex is the biological classification of male or female. Gender is associated with the mental body and sex is associated with the physical body.
Gender Queer – An individual whose gender identity is different than that assigned at birth. These individuals may identify as both male and female, or as neither male nor female (genderless or agender).
Gender Questioning – An individual who is questioning their current gender identity, role, and/or expression.
Gender Variant (Gender Nonconforming) – An individual’s behavior or gender expression does not match the gender roles set by society for males and females.
Hermaphrodite – Obsolete term for intersexual.
Human–gender – An individual whose gender identity is not based on masculine or feminine characteristics but on the entire range of human characteristics.
Intergender – An individual who identifies across or beyond male/female gender ideals.
LGBT* – LGBT* is commonly used as an acronym for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community. Other letters that are frequently added are: “G” for Genderqueer, “T*” for Transgender, Transsexual, and Third Gender, “Q” for Queer and Questioning, “I” for Intersex, “A” for Ally, Asexual, Androgynous, and Autosexual, “P” for Pansexual, and “H” for Heterosexual, Hetero–flexible, and Homo–flexible.
Male (Man, Cisman) – An individual whose gender identity of male matches his birth assigned sex of male.
Metagender – An individual who has a tenuous connection to the concept of gender. Meta usually means “after” or “beyond”.
Multigender – Individuals with multiple gender identities such as nonbinary or trans*.
Neutrois – An individual that does not identify with gender and often feels that they fall neutrally between male and female. This non–gendered class includes agender, gender neutral, genderless, or having a null gender.
Neuter – An individual who has no sex or gender identification.
Nongender – An individual who has no gender identification.
Pangender (Polygendered, Omnigender) – An individual that possesses all genders. The term emphasizes there are more than only two genders.
PoMogendered – Short for “postmodernly gendered”, which means an individual has a non–orientation. They disregard gender and sexual labels altogether. From the book PoMoSexuals: Challenging Assumptions about Gender and Sexuality edited by Carol Queen and Lawrence Schimel.
Postgenderist – An individual whose social and political viewpoint supports the elimination of human gender identity and includes the advocacy of assistive reproductive technology.
Queen – A feminine gay man. May also be short for Drag Queen.
Third Gender – An individual that identifies as neither male nor female or as both male and female.
Tomboy – A girl who exhibits characteristics or behaviors considered typical of a boy.
Trans* – Trans with an asterisk is a relatively new label that represents an umbrella under which any variation that is not cisgender is represented. Identities that may be included are: agender, androgynous, bigender, gender fluid, genderqueer, intergender, multigender, nongender, transgender, transsexual, transwoman, transman, transvestite, third gender, and two spirit. There is some disagreement about whether the following identities are under the trans* umbrella: crossdresser, drag performer, drag queen, drag king, intersex, and transvestite fetishists. Trans is Latin for “on the other side” or “across”.
Transandrogynous – An individual who identifies as trans* as well as exhibits neither or both masculine and feminine characteristics.
Transfeminine – An individual who was assigned male at birth but whose gender identity is more female than male. They often identify as feminine of center (more feminine than masculine).
Transgender – An individual whose gender identity is different than the birth assigned sex. These individuals may or may not have taken steps to change their birth assigned sex. It is not proper to use this term as a noun or verb i.e. “transgendered”.
Transgenderist – An individual living or preferring to live in a gender role opposite their birth assigned sex. Usually refers to a transsexual who does not intend to have genital reassignment surgery or hormone therapy.
Transmasculine – An individual who was assigned female at birth but whose gender identity is more male than female. They often identify as masculine of center (more masculine than feminine).
Transsexual – An individual that emotionally and psychologically feel that they belong to the opposite gender of their birth assigned gender. These individuals usually take steps to change their birth assigned sex through Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and Genital Reassignment Surgeries (GRS). Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS) and Gender Reassignment Surgery (GRS) are now considered obsolete terms by many. The correct terms are Gender Confirmation Surgery (GCS), Genital Reconstruction Surgery (GRS), or Genital Reassignment Surgery (GRS).
Transman (FTM, F2M) – A female–to–male trans* individual.
Transvestite – An individual that likes to dress and spend part time in the gender role that is opposite the birth assigned sex. These individuals do not desire to change their birth assigned sex. Transvestite is an obsolete term. The current term used is “crossdresser”.
Transwoman (MTR, M2F) – A male–to–female trans* individual.
AGASI – Acronym for Alternative Gender and Sexual Identity
Ambiphilia (Biphilia) – An individual that is sexually, romantically, or emotionally attracted to both masculinity (men) and femininity (women).
Androgynephile – An individual that is sexually, romantically, or emotionally attracted to males and females.
Banjee – A young Latino, Black, or multiracial man, dressing in masculine urban fashion, who has sex with men.
Bicurious – An individual that is considering experimenting sexually with individuals of the same sex.
Celibate – An individual who abstains from all sexual activity. These individuals can have any sexual orientation but do not act on it.
Chameleosexual – An individual whose sexual role is dependent on what the gender orientation of their partner is. In other words, an individual that is sexually versatile depending on the gender of their partner. An example is an individual that plays the bottom (receptive) role when with male sexual partners and plays the top (active) role when with female sexual partners.
Ecosexual – Environmentally conscious individuals who recognize Mother Earth by acts of masturbating in nature, making love to Mother Earth, marrying Earth or other natural elements, and/or using ecological and sustainable birth control, sex toys, and lubricants.
Ex–gay – An individual who changed their sexual orientation to heterosexual as a result of participating in ex–gay therapy.
Heterosexual (Straight) – Male–identified individuals who are sexually, romantically, or emotionally attracted to females and female–identified individuals who are sexually, romantically, or emotionally attracted to males.
Hetero–Flexible – A heterosexual individual that is open to the possibilities of having a romantic, emotional, or sexual homosexual relationship.
Homo–Flexible – A homosexual individual that is open to the possibilities of having a romantic, emotional, or sexual heterosexual relationship.
Monosexual – An individual that is sexually and romantically attracted to individuals that identify as one gender i.e. loving males (androphilia) or loving females (gynephilia).
Panphilia – An individual that is sexually, romantically, or emotionally attracted to individuals of all genders.
PoMosexual – Short for “postmodernly sexual”, which means an individual has a non–orientation. They disregard gender and sexual labels altogether. From the book PoMoSexuals: Challenging Assumptions about Gender and Sexuality edited by Carol Queen and Lawrence Schimel.
Queer – A reclaimed term that now refers to the sexual minority community or for marginalized groups of individuals.
Questioning – An individual who questions or is uncertain of their gender or sexual identity.
Sapiosexual – An individual who is romantically or sexually attracted to intelligence finding intellectual stimulation sexually arousing.
Sexual Identity/Sexual Orientation – The way in which an individual expresses their sexual and romantic interests. The term “sexual preference” is avoided as it infers identity is a choice.
Versatile – An individual who considers themselves to be sexually both a top (the giver) and a bottom (the receiver).
Akoiromantic – An individual who has a romantic attraction which does not need to be reciprocated.
Androgynoromantic (Androgyneromantic) – An individual who is romantically attracted to individuals expressing femininity and masculinity without implying the gender of the individual experiencing the attraction.
Cupioromantic – An individual who has desire for a romantic relationship despite not experiencing romantic attraction.
Idemromantic – An individual who experiences romantic and platonic feelings in the same way.
Quoiromantic – An individual who is unable to distinguish the difference between romantic and platonic feelings, or cannot define romantic attraction, therefore does not know whether or not they have experienced it.
Recipromantic – An individual who has a romantic attraction only after another individual is romantically attracted.
Requiesromantic – An individual who has little to no romantic attraction because of some mental or emotional exhaustion, likely due to bad experiences of romance in the past.
Wtfromantic – An individual who does not experience romanticism in the traditional manner but who cannot say they are fully aromantic or greyaromantic. The specific meanings of the identity is up to each individual. Wtfromantic is generally used as a catch–all term for individuals who fall in the category of semiromantic or alternatively romantic, but do not better fit into any other label.
RELATIONSHIP & SEXUALITY SUBCULTURES
Bear – Husky, hirsute masculine gay men. Grizzly bears are extremely dominant and typically extremely tall, heavy, or hairy. Chubby bear are heavy set and hairy bears. Pocket bear are short bears. Polar bears are older bears with gray hair. Pandas are bears of Asian descent. Black bears are bears of African-American descent. Brown bears are bears of Latin descent. Koala bears are bears of Australian descent. Otters are hairy men who are lean and muscular. A wolf is a rugged and outdoorsy bear who is typically a biker. Daddy bear are mature bears who are often looking for a cub (younger man). A cub may also describe a bear’s husband/partner who fulfills the passive role in the sexual relationship. Chasers are men who are sexually attracted to heavy set gay men. Goldilocks is a female who hangs out with a group of bears.
Furry Canine – Individuals who into anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics, particularly those of the dog family. Also known as Yiffy, Anthro or Morph community.
Furry Feline – Individual who are into anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics, particularly those of the cat family. Also known as “Yiffy”, “Anthro” or “Morph” community.
MISCELLANEOUS PRIDE FLAGS
Compiled by Drake Bear Stephen.
Note: The only flag I personally designed is Chameleosexual and Ecosexual. All others were found from various sources.