• Homophobia  Dictionary definition refers to the irrational fear of lesbian and gay people. It is also commonly used to refer to negative attitudes/feelings toward lesbian and gay people. 
  • Biphobia – Dictionary definition refers to the irrational fear of bisexual people. It is also commonly used to refer to negative attitudes/feelings toward bisexual people and/or people who are attracted to more than one gender. 
  • Transphobia – Dictionary definition refers to the irrational fear of transgender people. It is also commonly used to refer to negative attitudes/feelings toward transgender people and/or people who are gender non-conforming, non-binary, gender queer, or anyone whose gender identity does not align with their sex assigned at birth.      
  • Heterosexism  – The assumption that everyone is and/or ought to be heterosexual. An example of this is assuming that a woman who is married is married to a man. 
  • Cissexism  – Assumption that everyone is and/or ought to be cisgende‌r. An example of this is assuming that someone who presents in a way that is deemed feminine by society (e.g., wearing a dress) is a woman, or making an assumption about which restroom someone uses or “should” use.
  • Pronouns    Pronouns are words that we use to refer to ourselves or another person in place of names.  In English, pronoun‌‌s‌ are usually gender-specific such as he/him/his (masculine) or she/her/her (feminine).  Gender-neutral pronoun‌s such as the singular they/them/theirs or zi/zir/zirs are often used for people who identify outside of the gender binary or with no gender, but anyone can use them. Using the pronoun‌s that people identify for themselves is a first step in creating a welcoming space. It is critical that we share our own pronoun‌s, ask others what their pronoun‌s are, and always respect other people’s pronoun‌s.
  • Cisgender (Cis) – refers to someone whose gender identity aligns with their sex assigned at birth.  “Cis” for short.