By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org
The Virginia Commonwealth University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs has published “LBGTQQIAAPP Terminology Guide“ to assist their uninformed student body with the very complicated task of determining their own gender. While the guide may seem to offer an extensive list of genders from which to choose, VCU notes that gender “language is constantly evolving, and these definitions are not by any means comprehensive” before warning that “terms of self-identification should not be used to label others without their consent.”
Here are a few examples from the VCU booklet of multi-gender self determination:
Biological Sex/ Natal Sex/ Birth Sex/ Sex: The medical term used for the identification of male, female, or intersex sex i.e. chromosomes, gonads, and/or genitalia
Cisgender/ Cis/ Gender Normative/ Gender Straight: a person who has a normative gender presentation, when a person’s gender identity, gender expression, and biological sex align. A person who is not transgender.
Cisgender Privilege/ Cis privilege: The societal assumption and norm that all people are cisgender. There are basic civil rights and social privileges that a cisgendered person automatically receives that are systematically denied to transgender persons, simply because of their gender identity/ gender presentation
Demisexual: a person who is not immediately sexually attracted to other people. A person who’s sexual attraction to another person develops after developing a relationship (not necessarily romantic). Often considered within the asexuality spectrum
Gender Confirmation surgery: any surgery to make a person’s outward appearance more closely align with their gender rather than biological sex, also known as gender reassignment surgery, many have transitioned to Gender Confirmation Surgery as it utilizes more positive language.
Heterosexual Privilege/Heteronormativity: The societal assumption and norm that all people are heterosexual. There are basic civil rights and social privileges that a heterosexual person automatically receives that are systematically denied to queer persons, simply because of their sexual orientation.
And here is a glossary VCU provides:
although this term has and is still used as a slur, the
term has been re-appropriated by some in the queer
community and is typically directed at gay men to describe their
effeminate mannerisms and their “gayness”.
: female-to-male. Indicates a trans individual who was
assigned the sex of female at birth, but has claimed a male
: typically used to describe a man whose primary romantic,
emotional, physical and sexual attractions are to other men.
This term is sometimes used as an umbrella term for LGB
Gender Confirmation surgery:
any surgery to make a person’s
outward appearance more closely align with their gender rather
than biological sex,
also known as gender reassignment
surgery, many have transitioned to Gender Confirmation
Surgery as it utilizes more positive language.
The process of any gender expression that is non-normative
the socially constructed idea that all people identify as either male or female. This concept ignores all identities that fall on the gender
spectrum between male and female.
societal norms and practices that indicate gender
the outward presentation and performance of gender
Gender/ Gender Identity
: how one thinks of one’s own gender. This conviction is not contingent upon the individual’s sex. There are ranges of different
gender identities and everyone has an individualized experience.
: a rejection of the gender binary (male/female)
in favor of a more fluid, nontraditional identity. This is
sometimes used as an umbrella term for all gender non-
conforming individuals. Sometimes known as Gender Fluid or
: the idea that not all people identify as
either male or female, some identify somewhere in between
male or female or do not identify with the terms ‘male’ or
‘female’ at all. This concept replaces the gender binary.
GSM/ Gender and Sexual Minority
: another title for the queer
societal structure that assumes
heterosexual lifestyles/ identities are the normal / appropriate
way of living
: the system of oppression that reinforces the
belief in the inherent superiority of heterosexuality and
heterosexual relationships, thereby negating gays’, lesbians’, and bisexuals’ lives and relationships.
: The societal assumption and norm that all people are heterosexual. There are basic civil rights and social
privileges that a heterosexual person automatically receives that are systematically denied to queer persons, simply because of their sexual orientation.
: negative feelings, attitudes, actions or behaviors towards anyone who is queer, or perceived to identify as queer. Internalized homophobia is
a fear of same-sex or queer tendencies within oneself and can lead to repression. Institutionalized homophobia refers to the systematic enforcement of
heteronormativity such as homophobic laws, policies, and positions taken by social and governmental institutions.
a person who is attracted to people of the same gender. A bit of an outdated term. Most people prefer the terms “gay”, “lesbian”,
“bisexual”, or “queer” to describe their identities
: attraction to the same gender. A bit of an outdated term. Most people prefer the terms “gay”, “lesbian”, “bisexual”, or “queer” to
describe their identities.
Hormone Replacement Therapy, HRT:
The use of biological hormone treatment for gender-variant or trans people to make their body align more closely
with their gender.
a biological condition, in which a person has non-definitive biological or physical indicators of sex, can manifest in genitalia or chromosomal
abnormality. Formally known as hermaphrodite, although the queer community has moved away from that term as it has been determined to be offensive.
: a woman-identified person whose primary romantic, emotional, physical and sexual attractions are to other people who identify as women
an extremely feminine presenting lesbian
LGBTQIA+ also GLBTQ)
: the acronym for “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual”, the acronym may be
expanded to a variation of LGBTQQIAAPP to include questioning, ally, pansexual, and polyamorous. Often shortened to “the Queer Community” or “Gender
and Sexual Minority/GSM”.
: male-to-female. Indicates a trans individual who was assigned a male identity at birth, but has claimed a female identit
the act of disclosing the sexual orientation or gender identity of another person against their will. In some cases can be life threatening
wearing something in one’s groin region to have a more masculine appearance
someone who is sexually and emotionally attracted to people regardless of their gender. People who do not restrict their emotional and
physical attraction to people identifying exclusively as “male” or “female” often use this identity. This term adheres to the idea of a gender spectrum
rather than a gender binary.
the ability of a queer person to blend into a gender and heteronormative society, mostly used for gender expression, but can also refer to a
cisgendered lesbian or gay person going unnoticed in heteronormative society
derived from “Poly” meaning many and “amour” meaning love. Polyamorous sometimes shortened to poly generally refers to a
consensual and ethical relationship between three or more people that involves both physical and emotional intimacy between all members of the
: anything outside the ‘norms’ of heterosexuality or cisgendered. Originally used with negative connotations, but is currently being reclaimed by
many within the LGBTQIA+ community. Can also denote a political identity or ideology.
Slang term for hate crimes directed at LGBTQIA+
a state of being in which one is unsure of their
gender expression, sexuality, or queer status
Same Gender Loving:
a term often used by African American queer
people to describe gay, lesbian, or bisexual people
Sex/ Sexual Behavior
: An act, or series of acts, that humans do as
a part of the expression of their sexuality.
Sexuality/ Sexual Orientation
: how one thinks of oneself in terms of
to whom one is sexually or romantically attracted. Orientation is
not dependent on physical experience, but rather on a person’s
feelings and attractions.
Stud/ Aggressive/ AG:
terms that typically describe a more
masculine and dominant presenting lesbian
: used both as an umbrella term and as an
identity. Broadly, referring to a person who’s gender identity and biological sex do not align. As an identity the term refers to anyone who transgresses
traditional sex and gender categories. This can include transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, queer, transvestite, cross-dresser, MTF, FTM, Two-Spirit,
a person whose biological sex was female and whose gender identity is male
negative feelings, attitudes, actions or behaviors towards trans people, or people perceived to identify as trans. Can originate from within or
outside of the Queer community. Internalized transphobia is a fear of trans tendencies within oneself and can lead to repression of one’s identities.
Institutionalized transphobia refers to the systematic enforcement of gender normativity such as transphobic laws, policies, and positions taken by social
and governmental institutions
a person whose biological sex was male and whose gender identity is female
: a person who crossdresses. The term has been used as a slur for queer people, some have appropriated the term particularly in England
(Hill, Camilla, 2016)
To the benighted, such a this writer, the only genders are male and female. However, the scholars at VCU have become convinced that not only can one determine his/her/its own gender, but once has many varieties which the university has listed in its booklet. What is truly shocking is the fact that in science, genetics, faith and the spectrum of human history, no culture or scientist or, religious lead has ever stated that one can choose one’s own gender. Even more outrageous is that VCU is stating that there are many versions of gender from which to choose.
Recall that VCU is supposed to be an institution of higher learning and what they are saying flies in the face of science and everything we know to be truth. That truth is that one is born either a male or a female. Regardless of personal feelings, hormone injections and surgery nothing can change that fact. In the past a condition where one was born males but wanted to be female, was considered a condition of mental illness, not to be celebrated. Now municipalities across America, including Jacksonville, are considering ordinances that “protect” transgendered persons from discrimination. Forget that there are few if any cases where transgendered people have been harmed, and that they are only a tiny percentage of the population. The very notion that we can be persuaded that one can choose one’s own gender is a lie. If they can persuade us of this then they can persuade us of anything.