When discussing difficult topics such as race, gender, sexuality, social justice, and other complicated matters, it is deeply important that we speak the same language.

The following is a short glossary of terms that I use throughout this blog. I will do my best to add to this list as necessary.

(Note: I include definitions of terms that do not speak to my own experience. If my definitions do not accurately represent the experiences of others, please contact me to help me further understand and I will make corrections as necessary.)

Biracial/Multi-Racial/Mixed Race Someone who is of multiple racial and/or ethnic identities; someone whose parents are of different racial or ethnic makeups from each other.

Cisgender – Someone whose gender identity matches the gender they were assigned at birth.

Heterosexism – The systemic belief and practice that cisgender heterosexual people are superior to LGBQTIA+ people; a system that advantages cisgender heterosexual people over all others through laws, policies, and societal norms; cisgender heterosexual people having systemic and social power over LGBTQIA+ people.

Heterosexist – Anything that perpetuates heterosexism.

Homophobia – Prejudice against anyone who is attracted to members of the same sex including people who are gay, lesbian, and bisexual.

Intersectionality – the understanding that overlapping identities create different lived experiences and come with different forms of privilege and disadvantage. (i.e. the experience of women in America is different depending on if they are white versus if they are Latinx.)

LGBTQIA+ – An acronym for sexual and gender minorities including, but not limited to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual people.

Marginalization – treating a people group as less significant or important, most often based on traits they did not choose and/or cannot change.

Privilege – unasked for, unearned, advantages that are gained from being members of various demographic groups.

Queer – an umbrella term for anyone is not heterosexual and/or cisgender.

Racism – The systemic belief and practice of one race being superior to all other races; a system that advantages one race over all others through laws, policies, and societal norms; one race of people having systemic and social power over all other races.

Racist – Anything that perpetuates racism.

Respectability Politics – The idea that marginalized groups must strictly adhere to the guidelines and expectations of dominant and/or majority culture in order to earn respect.

Side A – The belief that God blesses same-sex marriage and sexual union.

Side B – The belief that while God affirms our sexual identities and does not desire us to change our orientations, marriage and sex are reserved for one man and one woman.

Transgender – Someone who identifies with a gender other than the gender they were assigned at birth.

TransphobiaPrejudice and systemic oppression against anyone who is transgender.