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AABCGILPQQTTTU: an acronym that stands for allied, asexual, bisexual, cross-dressing, gay, intersexed, lesbian, pansexual, queer, questioning, transgender, transsexual, two-spirited and unidentified people.
Ableism: prejudice or discrimination including behavior, assumptions and attitude based on a person’s perceived physical or mental ability.
Acceptance: respect for someone’s identity, where the person who is being respectful also embraces the person for who they are. It is a recognition of the person as a human being into a group, such as a family or a friendship. It is a step beyond tolerance.
Ageism: prejudice or discrimination including behavior, assumptions and attitude based on a person’s age.
Allied: a person or group of persons who accept, support and understand a person or group of persons.
Asexual: a sexual identity that refers to a person who does not experience sexual attraction. Identifying as an asexual is not the same as not wanting a romantic relationship, celibacy (the choice to not have sexual intimacy), inability to perform sexual or reproductive acts, or lacking sexual or reproductive organs and those organs’ functions.
Bisexual: a person who is attracted to both male identified and female identified genders.
Cisgender: a person who identifies with the gender assigned to them at birth.
Classism: prejudice or discrimination based on a person’s actual or perceived economic status or cultural arrangement in society.
Cross-dressing: wearing gender-specific clothing that has been culturally assigned to people who do not share the same gender as the wearer.
Cultural competency: the ability to effectively and appropriately interact with a given population.
Dignity: to understand and connect with the shared humanity of all people.
Discrimination: the practice of treating someone differently based on a real or perceived category rather than at an individual level.
Diversity: distinct, unlike and differing elements or qualities that comprise people.
Equality: the state, quality and treatment of being equal with respect to rights, opportunities or status.
Equity: to be fair, just and impartial in dealings with other people.
Feminism: the theory of social, political and economic equality between sexes.
Gay: a person who is emotionally and/or sexually and/or romantically attracted to people of the same sex and/or gender identity. Also describes a person who identifies as homosexual, also identifies as a male, masculine or man, and whose emotional and/or sexual and/or romantic behaviors and attractions are directed toward to males, masculine persons or men.
Gender: a role constructed by society that defines assigned behavior to men and women. (The term "sex" is an individual’s biology that separates men and women.)
Gender non-conforming: behavior or the expression of one's gender that is not consistent with the person's culturally assigned gender or binary male/female or man/woman gender roles.
Global health: the fight for equitable health of populations across the globe recognizing underserved populations and the specific needs, problems and environments that requires a cooperative, global effort.
Health care disparities: differences in health care including access, standards, quality, delivery and cost between different groups of people in both a community and global setting.
Homophobia: the categorical fear of, discrimination, or aversion to homosexuality or people that identify as homosexual or queer.
Homosexual: a person who expresses emotional and/or sexual and/or romantic behaviors and attractions that are directed toward people who identify with the same sex and/or gender.
Inclusion: the active incorporation of distinct, unlike and differing people into a group or organization.
Intersex: a term describing disorders of sexual development in which the sexual and/or reproductive anatomy do not fit biological or cultural definitions of the binary male or female sex.
Justice: 1) to be granted fair, just and impartial treatment 2) a type of work, typically called social justice work, that honors basic human rights and creates equal opportunities for everyone.
Lesbian: a person who identifies as homosexual, also identifies as female, feminine or woman, and whose emotional and/or sexual and/or romantic behaviors and attractions are directed toward females, feminine persons or women.
LGBT: an acronym that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.
Microaggression: an action, comment or behavior, either intentional or unintentional, that is elicited due to a person’s real or perceived category.
Pansexual: a person whose emotionally and/or sexually and/or romantically attractions are directed toward people of any sex or gender identity.
Prejudice: a judgment, opinion or dislike for a person or a group of people based on preconceived ideas of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or other group membership.
Privilege: a right granted as an advantage or benefit to an individual or group of people.
Queer: a term to identify gender factions that are not heterosexual
Questioning: contemplating one’s sexual orientation
Racism: prejudice or discrimination based on race and a belief that race predicts a person’s behavior or affects their capacity to function or that one race is superior to another.
Respect: to be understanding, engaged and open in dealings with other people.
Safe space: a place where a person feels comfortable to share their private thoughts on a variety of subjects.
Sex: an individual’s biology that separates men and women. (The term "gender" is a role constructed by society that defines assigned behavior to men and women.)
Sexual orientation vs. sexual preference- Sexual Orientation is the attraction to a person of the opposite sex, the same sex, or both sexes. Sexual Preference is an offensive term used to say that people have a choice in their sexual attractions.
Sexism: prejudice or discrimination based on sex including behavior, assumptions and attitude toward a particular sex.
Systematic Racism: an imbedded system in a government, organization or business that unfairly disadvantageous members of a particular group.
Tolerance: respect for someone’s identity, where the person who is being respectful does not necessarily embrace or reject said identity. It is a recognition of the existence of the identity and a general understanding that they must live with the identity and the person who identifies with it. (Acceptance is a step beyond tolerance.)
Transgender: refers to an individual who has a sexual identity which does not match their assigned sex.
Transsexual: refers to an individual who has undergone sexual reassignment surgery.
Transphobia: the categorical fear of, discrimination or aversion to people that identify as transgender, transsexual or queer.
Trust: to create a safe and open environment between people.
Two-spirited: a term used by some Native American cultures for people of various sexual and gender variations in their community.
Unconscious bias: an unconscious thought or perception about a particular group.
Unidentified people: a subculture of people with the same sexual preference that is not defined on a large-scale basis.