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Definitions & Glossaries

LGBTQ+ Vocabulary, Glossary of Terms by The Safe Zone Project
An ever-improving list of definitions for terminology relating to LGBTQ+ identities, sexualities, and genders.

PFLAG National Glossary of Terms
Although there is not universal agreement about the definitions of many terms, PFLAG National provides some working definitions and examples of frequently used (and misused) terms as a starting point for dialogue and understanding.

Genderbread Person
A teaching tool for breaking the big concept of gender down into bite-sized, digestible pieces.

Lesbian / Gay / Bisexual Glossary Of Terms – GLAAD Media Reference Guide
Glossary of LGB terms, including terms to avoid (and their alternatives) and defamatory language.

Transgender Glossary Of Terms – GLAAD Media Reference Guide
Glossary of transgender terms, including terms to avoid (and their alternatives) and defamatory language.

My Kid is Gay – Glossary
Glossary of LGBTQ terms.

My Kid is Gay – Defining Series
Defining, explaining and debunking LGBTQ-related words.

Vocabulary Extravaganza by The Safe Zone Project [PDF]
A downloadable list of definitions for terminology relating to LGBTQ+ identities, sexualities, and genders.

LGBTQ and the Queer Umbrella by The Safe Zone Project [PDF]
Explanation of the “queer” umbrella.


Videos

How to Teach Your Kids About Gender by Planned Parenthood
Navigate tricky conversations about gender roles and gender stereotypes, and help your child develop the confidence to be him or herself.

How to Talk to Preschoolers About Anatomy & Body Safety by Planned Parenthood
Talk to your kids about anatomy. Explaining private parts and inappropriate touching to your preschooler promotes body safety and self-confidence.



Words to Say / Words Not to Say

LGBTQ-inclusive Language Dos and Don’ts by The Safe Zone Project [PDF]
Words to avoid saying, what to say instead, and why.

“Coming Out” by The Safe Zone Project [PDF]
Dos and Don’ts when someone comes out to you.

Why you should always use “transgender” instead of “transgendered”
Brief article explaining why you should always use “transgender” instead of “transgendered.”