Identities Card Enclosure Pack
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Include these identity flat cards inside your Toughersations greeting card. When you start a tough conversation, you can use these cards to help educate, clarify, and explain an identity related to you. Hopefully, these cards will make your tough conversations a little bit easier.
Aromantic: A romantic orientation that describes people who experience little or no romantic attraction, regardless of sex or gender.
Asexual: Asexual identity or orientation includes individuals who don’t experience sexual attraction to others of any gender. Also referred to as “aces,” some asexual people do experience romantic interest to people of one or multiple genders.
Bisexual: A sexual orientation describing those who experience sexual, romantic, or emotional attractions to more than one gender. Also referred to as bi, bisexual typically includes individuals who are attracted to various people, with genders that are similar to and different from their own.
Fluid: Sexuality, sexual attraction, and sexual behavior can change over time and depend on the situation.
Gay: A term describing individuals who experience sexual, romantic, or emotional attraction to people of the same or a similar gender. Some gay-identified women prefer the term lesbian, while others prefer queer or gay. It’s best to ask which word or term someone uses to describe themselves. The fields of medicine and psychology previously referred to this sexual orientation as homosexual. Homosexual is now viewed as an outdated and offensive term and should not be used to refer to LGBTQIA+ individuals.
Intersex: An umbrella term used to describe a wide range of natural variations of individuals born with a chromosomal pattern, a reproductive system, and/or sexual anatomy that does not fit typical binary notions of “male” or “female” bodies.
Lesbian: A woman or a female-identified person who experiences sexual, romantic, or emotional attraction to people of the same or a similar gender. Some lesbians may also refer to themselves as gay or queer, while others prefer the label lesbian.
Non-Binary: Someone who does not identify as a man or a woman, or solely as one of those two genders. It is an umbrella term for identities that fall outside the male/female gender binary. Being non-binary means different things to different people, so this definition is purposely broad.
Pansexual: A term that describes individuals who can experience sexual, romantic, or emotional attraction to any person, regardless of that person’s gender, sex, or sexuality. It is an attraction to the person, not any particular gender.
Queer: An umbrella term that describes individuals who aren’t exclusively heterosexual. Use of the word queer opens up options beyond lesbian, gay, and bisexual to individuals who don’t fit neatly into or prefer a category that isn’t dependent on sex and gender. While this term once had a negative meaning, queer has resurfaced as a socially acceptable way for LGBTQIA+ individuals to refer to themselves and their community. Queer, like all terms describing sexuality, should be used sensitively and respectfully.
Transgender: Someone whose gender identity is different from the one they were assigned at birth. Sometimes trans or transgender gets used as an umbrella term for gender diverse people. However, not everyone uses it to describe themselves. When in doubt, ask, and always honor someone’s terms when it comes to gender identities. What do we mean assigned at birth? Think about one of the first things the doctor (or midwife) says when a baby is born, It’s a girl, or It’s a boy. These gender assignments are based on an assumption someone’s genitals match their gender. However, we know this isn’t always the case, and each of us gets to decide what gender we know ourselves to be. It may not align with the genitals we are born with or be part of the gender binary (male-female). For example, someone may be born with a vagina but know themselves to be male.
Two-Spirit: A modern term used by some North American Indigenous People to describe someone who walks between genders. When Europeans arrived in North America, they introduced homophobia and transphobia and dishonored the idea of what it means to be Two-Spirit. Today, many Indigenous Peoples are reclaiming the ancient understanding that there are more than two genders.