The vocabulary of sexual diversity and gender plurality
The following definitions come from two different documents :
- Some of them are from our Gender, identity and sexuality alliance (GISA) Guide
- Others are not in the Guide, but they are the result of a collaborative work by Chaire de recherche sur l’homophobie de l’UQAM and some other sources that you will find at the bottom of this page.
Just click on this link to discover the Gender Unicorn and learn about sexual orientations, as well as identity and gender expression. You can even create your very own unicorn! 🙂
Heteronormative and cisnormative systems, contexts or models consider non-heterosexual and non-cisgender people as inferior, and under-represent them or fail to take their realities into account. If heteronormativity dictates conducts, behaviors and norms to follow concerning sexes, genders and sexual orientations, heterosexism enforces those behaviors by socially excluding, discriminating or ignoring people that don't meet these standards.
Glossaire de l’Association canadienne de psychiatrie
Santé mentale au Québec : Identités et orientations sexuelles
Lexique de la Coalition des familles LGBT (PDF)
Lexique LGBT sur la diversité sexuelle et de genre en milieu de travail (PDF)
Trans Student Educational Resources – The Gender Unicorn