Table 1: Gender-Sexual-Identity-Orientation Terminology and Definition.




Gender mixed or gender neutral


Gender identity is a combo of male and female.
Change their association to a point on the gender spectrum at any time


Not exclusively homo or heterosexual


Identifying with the gender you were assigned


Term that primarily refers to a homosexual person or the trait of being homosexual, often used to describe homosexual men

Gender Identity

Sex you perceive yourself to be. Inner sense of masculinity and femininity

Gender Identity Disorder/Gender Dysphoria

APA's definition is “a person who lacks association with their assigned gender”

Gender Role

Degree to which and individual behaves masculine vs. feminine. Societies often have normalities “norms” that dictate this given your assigned gender at birth

Gender Varient



Sexual orientation in which there is a predominance of emotional and sexual attraction to people of another sex



Sexual orientation in which there is intense and enduring emotional attachment to people of the same sex (may or may not include sexual acts)


Value system that denies, denigrates and stigmatizes any non-heterosexual form of behavior identity, relationship or community


Individuals who cannot be distinctly identified as male or female at birth. May involve gender ambiguity - mixed sexual characteristics - genetic and hormonal irregularities


Female attracted to other females both sexually and emotionally

Transgender (adjective)

Gender identity differs from the social expectations for the physical sex they were born with. (Not a sexual orientation)