Common Symbols & Definitions
A person who does not have sexual attraction to anyone. This is distinct from abstinence or celibacy, which are behavioral, rather than a sexual orientation.
A person emotionally, physically, and/or sexually attracted to males/men and females/women. This attraction does not need to be equally split between genders and there may be a preference for one gender over others.
|Bisexual (Overlapping) Triangles: Blue and pink overlapping triangles represent bisexuality, similarly to how pink and black triangles represent gay men and lesbians.|
A cisgender person is one whose gender identity matches their physical sex.
A lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender person who cannot or
will not disclose their sex, sexuality, gender identity, or status as
an intersex person with other people.
Out: The process of accepting your own
sexuality, gender identity, or status as an intersex person; and/or the
process of sharing your own personal identity with other people.
|Double Female Symbol: "Mirror of Venus" - represents planet Venus, metal, copper, and femininity. The two interlocking female symbols represent woman loving woman.|
|Double Male Symbol: "Greek God of War" - represents planet Mars. The two interlocking male symbols represent man loving man.|
|FTM / F2M:
Abbreviation for female-to-male transgender or transsexual
|Gay: A term used in some cultural settings to represent males who are attracted to males in a romantic, erotic, and/or emotional sense. Not all people who engage in "homosexual behavior" identify as gay, and as such this label should be used with caution. It is also used to refer to the GLBTQ community as a whole, or as an individual identity label for anyone who does not identify as heterosexual.|
|Gender: Social categories (consisting of roles, behaviors, activities, and attributes, among other things) that a society classes people into, usually based on sex. ("Between the Ears" rather than "Between the Legs").|
|Genderqueer: Someone who identifies outside the gender binary, and/or believes that the gender binary is a social construct and does not truly exist.|
|Green Circle: The green circle signifies a safe zone or environment for the GLBTQ community. It often contains other symbols, such as the pink inverted triangle.|
Prejudice against individuals and groups who display
nonheterosexual behaviors or identities, combined with the majority
power to impose such prejudice. Usually tied to the advantage
of the group in power.
The irrational fear or hatred of homosexuals, homosexuality,
or any behavior or belief that does not conform to rigid sex role
A person born with some or all of the physical characteristics of both sexes. An intersex person may or may not have surgery or use hormones. Sexual orientation varies. An intersex person is sometimes referred to as a hermaphrodite.
A scale developed by Alfred Kinsey to measure someone's sexual orintation. The Kinsey Scale ranges from 0-6 ("0" being exclusively heterosexual and "6" being exclusively homosexual), plus the score of "X" for asexuals.
Term used to describe female-identified people attracted romantically, erotically, and/or emotionally to other female-identified people.
|MTF / M2F:
Abbreviation for male-to-female transgender or transsexual
Involuntary disclosure of one's sexual orientation, gender
identity, or intersex status.
Describes a person's ability to be accepted as their
preferred gender/sex or race/ethnic identity, or to be seen as ("pass
Triangle: An inverted pink triangle was first
used by Nazis during World War II to identify gay men, a black triangle
identifying lesbians. These symbols serve as reminders of the
statement, "Never Again!".
Flag: A flag, designed after the colors of the
rainbow, which has been used to represent LGBT communities and
movements since the 1970s. It is often used as a symbol of
|Sex: Physical/genetic categories into which most organisms are grouped, based partially on their reproductive roles and genetic makeup. ("Between the Legs" rather than "Between the Ears").|
|Straight: A term used to describe a person attracted romantically, physically, or emotionally to people of the opposite sex or gender. The term originated from the phrase "to go straight", as in "straight and narrow" (to stop engaging in homosexual behavior).|
A transgender person is one whose gender identity does not match their physical sex. [More
|Transgender Pride Flag: Used in a similar fashion to the traditional pride flag, this is used to show pride and support for transgendered people.|
|Transgender Universal Symbol: A modified biological symbol, combining a male and female symbol, as well as cross topped by an arrowhead, which combines the male and female arms.|
A transgendered person who elects to change their physical sex through genital reconstruction surgery (and/or chest reconstruction surgery). During the transitioning process, one usually takes hormones.
A concept originating mainly from indigenous tribes of North America, indicating the presence of male and female spirits in a single body. Used as a term of respect and pride. Sometimes called berdache. [More
An umbrella term to include everyone in the GLBTQ community.
Formerly used as an insult, people now use it to identify
themselves, without having to associate with any one label.
A term used to describe people who are questioning their sexual orientation.
Bisexual (Overlapping) Triangles
Double Female Symbol
Double Male Symbol
FTM / F2M
MTF / M2F
Rainbow Pride Flag
Transgender Pride Flag
Transgender Universal Symbol