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IDENTITY TERMS

2SLGBTQ+

an acronym which stands for “two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and more”.

  • These differing communities are linked by their shared experiences of homophobia and transphobia.

  • The plus sign (+) recognizes the many other identities who may likewise be affected by heteronormativity and cisnormativity.

  • There are many variations of this acronym which include other identities.

  • CANVAS prioritizes 2S (two-spirit) at the front of this acronym to honour the Indigenous land we live on, to recognize two-spirit people as the original LGBTQ+ people on Turtle Island, and to acknowledge the ways in which colonialism forced (and continues to force) homophobia and transphobia onto Indigenous communities where these discriminations did not previously exist.

AGENDER

a non-binary gender identity; a person who does not identify with any gender or who identifies as genderless.

ASEXUAL

an umbrella term for people who experience little or no sexual attraction.

  • Asexuality is a spectrum. People can also identify as grey-asexual if their sexual attraction falls into the “grey-area” between ‘typical’ sexual attraction and ‘total’ asexuality.

  • Sometimes shortened to “ace”

  • Asexual people may still experience romantic attraction, and may have a romantic identity in addition to their sexual identity. For example, an asexual person who is romantically interested in two or more genders may identify as “biromantic”.

AROMANTIC

an umbrella term for people who experience little or no romantic attraction (i.e. crushes).

  • Aromanticism is a spectrum. People can also identify as grey-romantic if their romantic attraction falls into the “grey-area” between ‘typical’ romantic attraction and ‘total’ aromanticism.

  • Sometimes shortened to “aro”

BIGENDER

a non-binary gender identity, a person who identifies as both man and woman or other genders.

BISEXUAL

a person who is attracted to two or more genders.

  • Different people define bisexuality different ways. Some explain it as being attracted to the both the same gender as themselves as well as other genders than themselves

BOY / MAN

a gender identity that relates to masculinity, though has a different exact meaning for everyone; can refer to cisgender or transgender people

CISGENDER

a person whose gender identity aligns with their sex assigned at birth.

  • For example, a person who was assigned male at birth and understands themselves to be a man is a cisgender man.

  • This is sometimes shortened to “cis”.

DEMIBOY

a non-binary gender identity; a person who sometimes identities as a BOY/MAN or with aspects of MA

DEMIGIRL

a non-binary gender identity; a person who sometimes identities as a girl/woman or with aspects of femininity.

DEMISEXUAL

a person who only experiences sexual attraction once they have formed a strong emotional connection to someone

  • See also: asexual, and grey-asexual


FEMALE

a person who is assigned/designated as “female” at birth

  • Doctors and parents assign the sex “female” based on body parts, sex chromosomes, and/or hormones.

  • In the general population, this is often used interchangeably with “woman”, which is a gender identity

GAY

a term for people who are attracted to the same gender as themselves, or to others with similar gender expression to themselves.

GENDERFLUID

a non-binary gender identity; a person who’s gender changes between identities over time or between situations.

Gender non-conforming