Here are some homosexual definitions of words that you will need to learn now you have a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered child.
Homosexual Definitions :
People whose sexual and romantic feelings are primarily for the opposite sex.
People whose sexual and romantic feelings are primarily for the same sex. Those who feel this way often identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual.
People whose sexual and romantic feelings are primarily for the same sex. Depending on the country you are in this can mean men or women, although it tends to be used mainly for men.
Women whose sexual and romantic feelings are primarily for women.
Bisexual or Bi:
Those whose sexual and romantic feelings are for both men and women.
Transgender or Trans:
Those whose gender identity or behaviour falls outside the usual expectations of their gender. This includes people who feel that their anatomical gender is at odds with their inner sense of being ‘male’ or ‘female’. Some trans people feel bi-gendered or ‘neither-gendered’, challenging the idea that there can only be two genders.
People who are born anatomically male or female but have a profound identification with the opposite gender. Not all transsexual people see themselves as being transgendered.
A biological condition where a person is born with physical characteristics and / or sex chromosomes that are not exclusively male or female. An earlier term for intersex was ‘hermaphrodite’.
Another word for heterosexual.
GLBT and GLBTI:
Abbreviations for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender ; and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex.
Sexual Orientation and Sexuality:
The direction of sexual and romantic attractions. Some people’s sexual orientation is mainly towards people of the opposite sex; for others it is mainly towards people of the same sex, and for some it is towards either sex.
The way a person is seen as ‘male’ or ‘female’.
A person’s internal feeling of being female, male, both or neither.
Individual or social ignorance or fear of gay and / or lesbian people. Homophobic actions can include prejudice, discrimination, harassment, and acts of violence and hatred.
Individual or social ignorance or fear of bisexual people. Biphobic actions can include prejudice, discrimination, harassment, and acts of violence or hatred.
Individual or social ignorance or fear of transgender or transsexual people. Transphobic actions can include prejudice, discrimination, harassment, and act of violence or hatred.
This can mean something different to everyone. It has to do with developing an awareness that you are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender – which often leads to a desire to be more open with others about sexual or gender identity. People can be ‘out’ in some parts of their lives but not others. Some people choose to come out and others don’t.
An umbrella term that includes a range of non-heterosexual and gender identities.
These are just a few homosexual definitions for you to familiarise your self with.
When I first found out both my sons were gay, I tried to find out as much as possible about homosexuality and I learnt alot by reading and talking to people.
I realised I needed also to learn some homosexual definitions and terminology.