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Marriage (aka Same-Sex Marriage):

Also known as gay marriage, the institution of marriage in the past has been defined as a union between a man and a woman.  But the spirit of the word marriage, supported by proponents of marriage equality, believe that marriage occurs between consenting individuals regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or any other cultural ecology. Advocates for the right to marry seek the legal rights and obligations of marriage, not a variation of it. Often, the most neutral approach is to avoid any adjective modifying the word “marriage.” For the times in which a distinction is necessary, “marriage for same-sex couples” is preferable in stories. When there is a need for shorthand description (such as in headline writing), “same-sex marriage” is preferred because it is more inclusive and more accurate than “gay.”

Male Lesbian:

A male-bodied person who identifies as a lesbian. This differs from a heterosexual male in that a male lesbian is primarily attracted to other lesbian, bisexual or queer identified people. May sometimes identify as gender variant, or as a female/woman. (See ‘Lesbian.’)


First used in 1994 by British journalist Mark Simpson, who coined the term to refer to an urban, heterosexual male with a strong aesthetic sense who spends a great deal of time and money on his appearance and lifestyle. This term can be perceived as derogatory because it reinforces stereotypes that all gay men are fashion-conscious and materialistic.


Abbreviation for MSM - Men who have sex with Men or WSW - Women who have sex with Women.  Because sexual behavior does not always align with one’s self-perceived sexual identity, public health and other agencies studying sexual behavior have classically defined sexual expression in terms of a binary gendered system - Men and Women.  This becomes problematic (causing systematic erasure) for reporting sexual expression and behavior among those outside of a binary gender or binary male/female physiological realm.

MTF / M2F:

Abbreviation for male-to-female transgender or transsexual person.  See also FTM / F2M.


Microaggression: Whether intentional or unintentional - verbal, nonverbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative connotations about a particular culture.  Term that originated in 1970’s regarding racial microaggressions.  Sexual or Gender Microaggression: is a subtle negative attitude conveying that one’s sexual or gender identity is less-valuable than dominant culture’s defining identities resulting in missed screening, late interventions, and avoidance of the healthcare system.  Using improper terminology is one form of a sexual or gender microaggression.


(or ethnic diversity) relates to communities containing multiple cultures. The term is used either descriptively or normatively.  As a descriptive term, it usually refers to the simple fact of cultural diversity: As a normative term, it refers to ideologies or policies that promote this diversity or its institutionalization.


people who are attracted to more than one gender.

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