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This glossary was written to help give people the words and meanings to help make conversations easier and more comfortable. LGBTQ+ people use a variety of terms to identify themselves, not all of which are included in this glossary. Always listen for and respect a person’s self identified terminology.
Attribution: Original created by Emily Gwen in 2018, with a five stripe variant created shortly after.
Bisexual: Commonly referred to as bi or bi+. The term refers to a person who acknowledges in themselves the potential to be attracted--romantically, emotionally and/or sexually--to people of more than one gender, not necessarily at the same time, in the same way, or in the same degree. The "bi" in bisexual can refer to attraction to genders similar to and different from one's own. (PFLAG National Glossary of Terms)
Pink: Attraction to the same gender (historical: sexual attraction to the same sex only)
Blue: Attraction to different genders (historical: sexual attraction to the opposite sex only)
Purple: Attraction to both and different genders (historical: sexual attraction to both sexes) (Original description from Michael Page)
Attribution: Created by Michael Page in 1998.
Non-binary: Refers to people who do not subscribe to the gender binary. They might exist between or beyond the man-woman binary. (PFLAG National Glossary of Terms)
White: People who are many or all genders
Black: Agender or genderlessness
Purple: Fluidity and multiplicity of many gender experiences, the uniqueness and flexibility of nonbinary people, as well as those whose gender experiences include being of or between female and male
Yellow: Being outside the binary (Flag meaning as described by creator on thejasmineelf.tumblr.com)
Flag Meaning: "Pink and blue, because of their gendered traditions, and yellow, a generally non-gendered color, to represent nonbinary folks etc." - Japser V. via Twitter
Attribution: Created by Jasper V. in 2010.
Hex Codes: FF218CFFD80021B1FF
Progressive Pride Flag
Light Blue/Pink/White: trans and non-binary individuals
Brown/Black: marginalized POC communities
Black: those living with AIDS and the stigma and prejudice surrounding them, and those who have been lost to the disease (About the "Progress" Design, Quasar-Digital)
Transgender: Often shortened to trans, from the Latin prefix for “on a different side as.” A term describing a person’s gender identity that does not necessarily match their assigned sex at birth. (PFLAG National Glossary of Terms)
Aromantic: Sometimes abbreviated as aro, the term refers to an individual who does not experience romantic attraction. Aromantic people exist on a spectrum of romantic attraction and can use terms such as gray aromantic or grayromantic to describe their place within that spectrum. (PFLAG National Glossary of Terms)
Attribution: Created by Cameron (cameronwhimsy.tumblr.com) in 2014.
Asexual: Sometimes abbreviated as ace, the term refers to an individual who does not experience sexual attraction. Asexual people exist on a spectrum of sexual attraction and can use terms such as gray asexual or gray ace to describe themselves. (PFLAG National Glossary of Terms)
Gray: Gray Asexuality and Demisexuality
Purple: Community (assumed based on meanings from asexual flag)
Attribution: Unknown, likely created in early 2010s
Hex Codes: 000000D2D2D2 FFFFFF 6E0070
Gay Men Flag
Gay: A term used to describe people who are emotionally, romantically, and/or physically attracted to people of the same gender (e.g., gay man, gay people). (PFLAG National Glossary of Terms)
Light teal/green: Joy
White: Gender non-conforming, non-binary and trans men
Light blue: Pure love
Indigo: Diversity (Flag unveiled on gayflagblog.tumblr.com)
Attribution: Created by gayflagblog.tumblr.com in 2019.
Genderqueer: Refers to individuals who blur preconceived boundaries of gender in relation to the gender binary. They can also reject commonly held ideas of static gender identities. Sometimes used as an umbrella term in much the same way that the term queer is used, but only refers to gender. (PFLAG National Glossary of Terms)
Lavender: The mixture of blue and pink, meant to represent androgynes and androgyny
White: Represents agender identity
Dark chartreuse green: The inverse of lavender, meant to represent those outside of and without reference to the gender binary. (Gender and Non-Binary Identities - About the Flag)
Attribution: Created by Marilyn Roxie in 2010, updated in 2011.
Hex Codes: B57EDC FFFFFF 4A8123
Intersex: Used to refer to people who are biologically between the medically expected definitions of male and female. This can be through variations in hormones, chromosomes, internal or external genitalia, or any combination of any or all primary and/or secondary sex characteristics (PFLAG National Glossary of Terms)
Flag Meaning: "The flag is comprised of a golden yellow field, with a purple circle emblem. The colours and circle don’t just avoid referencing gender stereotypes, like the colours pink and blue, they seek to completely avoid use of symbols that have anything to do with gender at all. Instead the circle is unbroken and unornamented, symbolising wholeness and completeness, and our potentialities. We are still fighting for bodily autonomy and genital integrity, and this symbolises the right to be who and how we want to be." - Morgan Carpenter, 2020