: a man or boy whose primary sexual and romantic feelings are for people of the same sex.While many people use this term only to refer to gay men, others use it as a general term to include both men and women; for example, “the gay community.”
Gay Bashing/hate crimes
: violence, or the threat of violence, that is used against queers either because they are queer, or because they do not fit society’s expectations of how men and women aresupposed to look and act. While hate crimes can be used to reinforce and support homophobia, theycan also be used to reinforce and support other kinds of oppression, such as racism, anti-Semitism,sexism, etc.
: Medical personnel assign newborns to a gender, boy or girl, at birth based ona visual inspection of their genitalia, if they do not appear to be intersex, otherwise after further testing.
: What someone assumes a person’s gender to be when observing that person.
: Refers to the ways in which people communicate their gender identity toothers through behavior, clothing, hairstyle, voice and emphasizing, de-emphasizing or changingtheir body’s characteristics. Gender expression is not necessarily an indication of sexual orientation.
: The sense of “being” female or “being” male. For some people, gender identity isin accord with physical anatomy. For transgender people, gender identity may differ from physicalanatomy or expected social roles. It is important to note that gender identity, biological sex, andsexual orientation are not necessarily linked.
: The socially-constructed and culturally-specific expectations of behavior andappearance imposed on women (“femininity”) and men (“masculinity”).
: Genderqueers possess identities that fall outside of the widely-accepted sexual binary (female/male) system. Individuals who challenge both gender and sexual-orientation normsand see gender identity and sexual orientation as overlapping and interconnected.