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LGBTI Definitions

To most of us, gay is just gay and lesbian is just lesbian. No one really takes into account what these words really mean and the context in which they can be used. Instead some of these words are used as labels for behaviours of people based on their actions or words. For instance, a man who is well groomed than the average man could easily be classified as gay without his actual sexuality being taken into consideration.  Here’s a break down of gay terminology and in the simplest form.

Lesbian:

This is when a girl see’s another girl as more than a friend.
“Asking who is the ‘man’ and who is the ‘woman’ in a same-sex relationship is like asking which chopstick is the fork.”– Ellen DeGeneres

Gay:

This is when a guy finds another guy attractive.
“Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights” – Hillary Clinton

Bisexual:

This is when a person is attracted to both males and females.
“I have four boyfriends” – Zayn Malik

Transgender:

A transgender person is someone who sees themselves as the opposite sex.
“It is revolutionary for a trans person to be seen and visible when the world tells us we should not exist” – Laverne Cox

Intersex:

An intersex person is born with both sexes but can choose to identify with either one.
“Love overcomes hate. Love has no orientation. All is love.” – Adam Lambert

Bicurious:

This is when a person experiments with people of both sexes.

“Sometimes being afraid can show more strength than being fearless” – Demi Lovato

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