The Supreme Court has finally done away with Section 377 and India as a country is rejoicing! In a bid to celebrate this huge step for us, I sat down to put together the definitions of a few words I come across often and what they really mean in the LGBTQcommunity. Before you dive into the hardcore stuff, here are some basic terms:
Sex - Decided on the biological basis of the reproductive organ you are born with.
Gender - Depends on the gender you identify with culturally or socially.
And here are a few others you should definitely know about!
Basically a 'straight' person.
Pansexuals are attracted to transgenders, homosexuals, straight people, etc regardless of the other person's gender identity.
A person who is interested in exploring a sexual relationship with a person of the same sex but hasn't decided if he/she is bisexual yet.
Unlike Pansexuals, Polysexuals have limits as to the gender identities they are sexually attracted to.
A person who is attracted to men. It could include transgenders, homosexual men, straight women and other gender identities.
A person who is attracted to women. It could include transgenders, homosexual women, straight men and other gender identities.
Many couples actually enjoy 'open' relationships with more than a single partner. Consent plays a key role in this kind of a relationship.
A man who identifies as a woman or a woman who identifies as a man, regardless of which gender they are sexually attracted to.
A trans person who has successfully transitioned from their birth-sex to the sex they want to belong to.
You might be born with a female body form but your sexual organs do not correspond.
Includes any and everyone who is not straight. It could be homosexuals, bisexuals, transgenders and genderqueer people in general.