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Leather Scene:

The leather subculture denotes practices and styles of dress organized around sexual activities. Wearing leather garments is one way that participants in this culture self-consciously distinguish themselves from mainstream sexual cultures. Leather culture is most visible in gay communities and most often associated with gay men ("leathermen"), but it is also reflected in various ways in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and straight worlds.


Term used to describe female-identified people attracted romantically, erotically, and/or emotionally to other female-identified people. The term lesbian is derived from the name of the Greek island of Lesbos and as such is sometimes considered a Eurocentric category that does not necessarily represent the identities of African-Americans and other non-European ethnic groups. This being said, individual female-identified people from diverse ethnic groups, including African-Americans, embrace the term ‘lesbian’ as an identity label.

Lesbian Baiting:

The heterosexist notion that any woman who prefers the company of woman, or who does not have a male partner, is a lesbian.


A common abbreviation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (transexual), queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, or allies.  This acronym could continue to include 2-spirit, Pansexual, Omnisexual, Trisexual, Agender, Bi-Gender, Third Gender, Transvestite, Hijra, Polyamorous and more... From a clinical perspective acknowledging the acronym tells your client that you recognize a spectrum of sexual expression, and more importantly, that you recognize the unique needs, concerns and issues specific to those identities. The Term LGBT is considered an All-Inclusive term for these identities.

Lifestyle (AKA “the homosexual lifestyle”):

An inaccurate term sometimes used to describe the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Sexual orientation may be part of a broader lifestyle but is not one in itself, just as there is no “straight” lifestyle. Avoid.

Lipstick Lesbian:

Usually refers to a lesbian with a feminine gender expression. Can be used in a positive or a derogatory way, depending on who is using it. Is sometimes also used to refer to a lesbian who is seen as automatically passing for heterosexual.

LGBT Healthcare Coalition (aka National Coalition for LGBT Health):

The Coalition, at http://lgbthealth.webolutionary.com, is committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals through federal advocacy that is focused on research, policy, education, and training.


Term preferred by some individuals for a gay, lesbian, bisexual or heterosexual person’s sexual partner. “Girlfriend,” “boyfriend” and “partner” are acceptable alternatives.

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