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LGBT+ glossary, and other words


M-N-O | MENRUS.CO.UKMen who have sex with men (MSM)

  • "An abbreviation for men who have sex with men. This term emphasizes the behavior, rather than the identities of the individuals involved." | Johns Hopkins University
  • "Men who have sex with men (MSM), also known as males who have sex with males, are male persons who engage in sexual activity with members of the same sex, regardless of how they identify themselves. They may identify as gay, homosexual, bisexual, pansexual, or heterosexual; or dispense with sexual identification altogether." | Wikipedia
  • "Men Loving Men (MLM): commonly used by communities of color to denote the attraction of men to men." | We Are Family 

Men who have sex with men (MSM) | MEN R US 

Male to female (MTF)

  • "MTF people are assigned male at birth, but wish to present as female on either a temporary or permanent basis, depending upon the degree of their dysphoria." | The Beaumont Society
  • "Male-to-female transsexual or transgender person. Probably known as a trans woman. Someone assigned male at birth who identifies on the female spectrum." | Johns Hopkins University
  • "Transgender hormone therapy of the male-to-female (MTF) type, also known as transfeminine hormone therapy, is hormone therapy and sex reassignment therapy to change the secondary sexual characteristics of transgender people from masculine or androgynous to feminine." | Wikipedia

Organisations for trans people | MEN R US


  • Though the earliest print evidence dates back to the late 1970s, the word (or title) has become increasingly popular in recent years. It is meant to be a gender-neutral alternative to established titles such as Mr. and Ms. and as the Ms. title gives no marital status, the Mx. title gives no gender. It is used by those who do not identify as being of a particular gender or those who do not wish to identified by gender. It is pronounced to sound like "mix" or "mux". It's unclear whether there should be a full stop after Mx | MEN R US

Changing your name and title | Mermaids
Mx | Wikipedia
When was the Mx gender-inclusive title created | Practical Androgyny

A couple almost lost their dream house because Halifax bank refused to recognise the gender-neutral title Mx. | Pink News | 9 Feb 2022


  • "Neopronouns are preferred by some non-binary individuals who feel that neopronouns provide options to reflect their gender identity more accurately than conventional pronouns."  | Wikipedia
  • "In basic terms, neopronouns are any pronouns other than he, she or they." | Mermaids
  • "The term “neopronouns” tends to refer to pronoun sets developed from the 20th century (or sometimes 19th century) to today. Many of them are actually not that new. "  |

Non binary

  • "Most people – including most transgender people – are either male or female. But some people don't neatly fit into the categories of "man" or "woman," or “male” or “female.” For example, some people have a gender that blends elements of being a man or a woman, or a gender that is different than either male or female. Some people don't identify with any gender. Some people's gender changes over time. People whose gender is not male or female use many different terms to describe themselves, with nonbinary being one of the most common (sometimes spelt with a hyphen, as “non-binary”)." | National Center for Transgender Equality 
  • An umbrella term for people whose gender identity doesn’t sit comfortably with ‘man’ or ‘woman’. Non-binary identities are varied and can include people who identify with some aspects of binary identities, while others reject them entirely." | Stonewall
  • "An umbrella term for gender identities which are not confined by the gender binary of “women” and “men”. Non-binary people may identify with no gender at all or with more than one gender." | The Proud Trust
  • "An umbrella term describing anyone whose gender identity falls outside the binary of woman/man." | Johns Hopkins University
    "Non-binary (also spelt nonbinary) or genderqueer is a spectrum of gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine‍—‌identities that are outside the gender binary. Non-binary identities can fall under the transgender umbrella since many non-binary people identify with a gender that is different from their assigned sex." | Wikipedia

Outed/ outing 

  • "When a lesbian, gay, bi or trans person’s sexual orientation or gender identity is disclosed to someone else without their consent." | Stonewall
  • "The act of publicly declaring (sometimes based on rumor and/or speculation) or revealing another person’s sexual orientation or gender identity without that person’s consent. Considered inappropriate by a large portion of the LGBT community." | We Are Family 
  • "Outing is the act of disclosing an LGBT person's sexual orientation or gender identity without that person's consent. Outing gives rise to issues of privacy, choice, hypocrisy, and harm in addition to sparking debate on what constitutes common good in efforts to combat homophobia and heterosexism. A publicized outing targets prominent figures in a society, for example well-known politicians, accomplished athletes or popular artists." | Wikipedia
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