June is Gender and Sexual Diversity Pride Month in Saskatchewan!

This month on our social media channels, we'll be sharing a Pride Glossary featuring different key terms and definitions from the book "The Queens' English: The LGBTQIA+ Dictionary of Lingo and Colloquial Phrases" by Chloe O. Davis. Click the images below to view the definitions.

This month is an opportunity for each of us to celebrate, learn about, and continue advocating for members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

Pride GlossaryAsexual (adjective). Not experiencing sexual attraction or desire. Can be abbreviated as ACE. (p. 23)Bisexual (adjective). Being attracted to two genders. Often, but not limited to, being attracted to the same gender and other genders. (p. 42)Cisgender (adjective). Describing a person whose gender identity matches the gender they were assigned at birth. (p. 68)Demisexual (adjective). Experiencing sexual attraction only when a strong emotional connection is present. (p. 87)Drag queen (noun). A person—typically a man—who entertains while dressed in feminine drag, personifying and/or exaggerating feminine stereotypes. (p. 99)Equality (noun). The quality or state of being equal—having equal rights, opportunities, and status. (p. 107)Feminism (noun). Political theory supporting equality of the sexes, often advocating for equal pay, respect, and opportunity for all people, regardless of gender. (p.117)Gawd (exclamation). A nonreligious and nonblasphemous spelling of the word "God". Most times used as an intensifier to show a supreme reaction. (p. 134)Herstory (noun). A feminization of the word "history." (p. 157)Intersex (adjective). Born with variations on sex characteristics that would traditionally assign a child male or female. (pp. 174-175)Lavender (noun). A pale purple colour often used to represent the LGBTQIA+ community. (p. 190)Marginalize (verb). To treat as insignificant or less than within the social hierarchy and give less access to resources and power than the majority. (p. 208)Nonbinary (adjective). A gender identity that is open to a full spectrum of gender expressions, not limited by masculinity and femininity. (p. 223)Operation Soap, history lesson. A series of coordinated raids by police officers on four bathhouses in Toronto. Patrons were subjected to excessive behaviour by police and close to 300 were arrested. Later, most were found innocent of the charges. The raiOmnisexual (adjective). A sexual orientation where a person is attracted to all types of humans and has no distinct preferences based on sexuality or gender. (p. 228)Pride (noun). Confidence in one's identity as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, nonbinary or otherwise nonheteronormative person. A movement that promotes equal rights and social justice for all members of the LGBTQIA+ commuQPOC or QTPOC (noun). An inclusive acronym for queer people/person of colour or queer trans people/person of colour, diverse people who have been marginalized because of race, sex, and gender. This community centres the experiences of its members and provRainbow (noun). A symbol of colours associated with the diversity and empowerment of the LGBTQIA+ community. (p. 261)Stonewall (history lesson). A series of intense demonstrations by gay and transgender protesters began at the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in New York City. That night, police raided the club and arrested several patrons and employees. Rioting followed for dTransgender (adjective). Of, relating to, or being a person who identifies with a gender identity and/or expression that differs from their assigned sex at birth. (p. 299)Two-spirit (noun). For Western-world understanding, this umbrella term is used to identify the history of gender and sexuality diversity celebrated in Indigenous Native American culture, and that a third gender role is identified and commonly expressed wiWhat's the T? (idiom). A phrase used to ask someone about current events or the latest goings-on in one's life. "T" refers to the "Truth". (p. 318)(E)xtravaganza (noun). A spectacular and elaborate show. (p. 323)Yas (exclamation). An affirmative exclamation. The number of As and Ss can vary depending on the tone and use. (p. 325)Zamn (exclamation). An overly emphatic 'damn!' (p. 329)

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