Welcome to QLiCtionary, a collection of commonly used terms you’ll find within QLiC Press. The following is less of reference and more a  reflection of how we, as queer people, define ourselves.  This list will evolve as we continue to claim and shape our identities and narratives.  If you’d like to see a term added, please contact us or comment below.

Ally – a person or group of persons (primarily heterosexual) who believe homophobia is a social justice issue and who confronts homophobia in all forms, standing with members of the Queer community in their fight for equality.

Androgyny– a combination of masculine and feminine characteristics.

Asexual – a person who is not attracted to anyone or does not have a sexual orientation

Bisexual – a person who is attracted romantically, physically, or emotionally to both men and women.

Boi– refer to a female-bodied person, who generally does not identify as, or only partially identifies as feminine, female, a girl, or a woman.

Cisgender– refers to when an individual’s self-perception or gender matches the sex they were assigned at birth.

Coming Out– the process of accepting one’s own sexuality or gender identity. May also refer to the act of revealing one’s sexual identity to family or friends.

Femme –  a feminine identified person of any gender

Gay – a term that refers to a homosexual person. It is often used interchangeably when referring to males or females who are attracted to members of the same sex.

Gender Binary– is the classification of sex and gender into two distinct, opposite and disconnected forms of masculine and feminine.

Gender Expression– The external manifestation of a person’s gender identity.

Gender Identity– the personal, internal sense of being a man or a woman.

Gender Queer– denoting or relating to a person who does not subscribe to conventional gender distinctions but identifies with neither, both, or a combination of male and female genders.

In the Closet – refers to a queer person who has not, cannot or will not reveal their sexual identity to themselves or to others.

Intersex – a person whose sex is not officially classified as being either male or female.(don’t like this definition)

Lesbian – a female who expresses sexual or romantic attraction to other females.

LGBTQI(A) –  an acronym that stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual. Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual (in some instances the “A” can stand for Ally)

Masculine of Center (MOC) – coined by B. Cole of the Brown Boi Project, that recognizes the breadth and depth of identity for lesbian/queer/ womyn who tilt toward the masculine side of the gender scale and includes a wide range of identities such as butch, stud, aggressive/AG, dom, macha, tomboi, trans-masculine etc.

Pansexual– a person who exhibits a sexual attraction, sexual desire, romantic love, or emotional attraction toward people of all gender identities and biological sexes.

QLiC – pronounced /klik/, an acronym that stands for Queer Lives in Color

QWOC– an acronym that stands for Queer Women of Color

QPOC – an acronym that stands for Queer People of Color

Queer– an umbrella term which embraces all sexual preferences, orientations and habits of a non-exclusively-heterosexual identified person

Stud– a masculine-identified lesbian, can also be referred to as “aggressive” or “butch”

TPOC– an acronym for Trans People of Color Transgender – a person who is a member of a gender other than that expected based on anatomical sex. Note: “Transgender” is the accepted term as opposed to “Transgender-ed” (thoughts?)

Transgender- a person who emotionally and psychologically feels that they belong to the opposite sex.

Transition – refers to the process a gender-variant person who goes through when changing their outward appearance to be more congruent with the gender/sex they feel themselves to be.

TWOC– an acronym for Trans Women of Color


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