Glossary

Compiled by: Amber Bhutta


Ableism: Discrimination and/or social prejudice against people with physical, psychiatric, or intellectual disabilities

Cisgender: Describes someone whose gender corresponds with the sex they were assigned at birth

Endosex: Describes someone born possessing chromosomes, hormones, physical characteristics or other anatomy aligning as expected with a male or female body

Gender: A “socially, culturally, and personally defined” trait that does not always align with a person’s sex

Heteronormative: Describes the assumption that perceives heterosexuality as the “default” or “normal” sexual orientation

Homophobia: Discrimination and/or social prejudice against people who identity as LGBT+

Intersectionality: Refers to the complex ways in which different types of discriminations(including racism, sexism, and classism) intersect and overlap, often through the experiences of marginalized people

Intersex: Describes someone born possessing chromosomes, hormones, genatailia, or anatonmy that is ambiguous, atypical, or otherwise falls outside the narrow expectation of what constitutes a male or female body

LGBTQ+: Acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer

Misogynoir: Prejudice against black women

Misogyny: Prejudice against women

Nonbinary (gender): Describes indivduals whose gender identity does not fall under the “binary” categories of male and female; not a third gender.

Patriarchy: System in which men hold primary positions of power, typically at the expense of women

Racism: Discrimination and/or social prejudice against people of a certain race

Sex: Biological trait determined by chromosomal inheritance; typically assigned at birth

Sexism: Discrimination and/or social prejudice against people of a certain sex or gender, primarily women

Transgender: Describes someone whose gender does not correspond with the sex they were assigned at birth

Transphobia: Discrimination and/or social prejudice against people who identity as transgender






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